I wanted to give you a brief update on my recent work both at the state Capitol and throughout the 32nd District that you can read while you take a break from enjoying the warmer weather we’re finally getting to enjoy.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at SenKHorn@senate.michigan.gov
or toll-free at 855-347-8032. Or if you are in Lansing, please feel free to stop by my office, room 7200 in the Binsfield Office Building.
32nd District Horn welcomes Swartz Creek student to Capitol for 'day in the life' experience
It was my pleasure to welcome Justus Brown of Swartz Creek to Lansing. I am honored he chose to job shadow me as part of his Economics project. I always enjoy when young adults have an interest in their government and its inner workings.
Justus is a quiet, amazing young man. He’s got a million dollar smile and a clear head on his shoulders. Michigan’s future is in good hands. Horn honored as Michigan Municipal League's Legislator of the Year
I recently had the pleasure of attending the Michigan Municipal League's
annual conference where I was honored to be named one of their Legislators of the Year. To make it even more special, the award was presented by Saginaw City Councilwoman Brenda Moore.
It’s truly an honor to be recognized for supporting our state’s local communities. I’ve always been a huge supporter of Michigan’s downtown areas and appreciate the support MML has provided over the years. Frankenmuth student receives Capitol tour from Sen. Horn
I had the honor of hosting Haley Kindy and her parents for a special tour of our state’s Capitol.
Haley is an 8th grade student at E.F. Rittmueller Middle School in Frankenmuth. Her artwork was chosen to be the cover of the 2018 Michigan State of the State program. Haley was gracious enough to sign a copy of the program which will now be proudly displayed in my office.
Haley is a charming young lady and Michigan is a better place because of people like her. Events in the 32nd District
The Saginaw Field and Stream Club held its 18th annual All Outdoor Sports Banquet at the end of March. I placed a few bids during the auction but unfortunately I didn’t win anything. It was a wonderful time nonetheless.
Saginaw Field and Stream is a non-profit organization with over 1,800 members and is one of Michigan's oldest, largest, and most active Conservation Clubs. Its purpose is to provide a safe environment to participate in shooting and other outdoor sports, while promoting the conservation of our natural resources.
Also at the end of March I was lucky enough to attend the Saginaw American GI Forum’s 15th Annual César Chávez Luncheon.
The American GI Forum is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of veterans that encourages youths to pursue college. The event is meant to encourage Hispanic enrollment in higher education and other training programs while also aiming to reduce the dropout rate of Hispanic youth.
I recently had the privilege of joining the Knights of Columbus Council #2291 at their Top 10 Student Recognition Dinner.
I had fun presenting the bright students from Merrill Community Schools, Hemlock Schools and Breckenridge Community Schools with certificates for their achievements. Farm equipment exemptions head to Gov. Snyder
Legislation that seeks to eliminate confusion surrounding sales tax exemptions for certain farming equipment and structures has been cleared by the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder.
House Bills 4561-4564 were introduced due to an incident in the Thumb that not only denied a farmer a deserved exemption, but ended up costing him thousands of dollars in fees contesting the Michigan Department of Treasury’s interpretation of the law.
The new laws rephrase current sales tax exemptions available to farmers in an effort to clarify when they can be claimed. The updated language creates an exemption for certain items used directly or indirectly in agricultural operations. Changes include exemptions for tangible personal property that is used or consumed, directly or indirectly, for the tilling, planting, draining, maintenance and harvesting or the breeding, raising, or caring for livestock, poultry, or produce meant for human consumption. Structures may also qualify for the exemption if they can be disassembled and reassembled without significant harm to the building.
The bills are now Public Acts 111-114 of 2018. Senate bills address sexual assault and extend new protections
As the horrific case of Dr. Larry Nassar has shown, sexual assault takes a terrible toll on survivors. I sponsored legislation as part of a package of bills that will help prevent sexual assaults and allow more survivors to report their experiences and seek justice.
I greatly admire the courage of all the young women who came forward to share their experiences. Because of their bravery and with their help, we are working to ensure something like this never happens again.
The legislation creates new legal protections that would:
- Expand the criminal statute of limitations for criminal sexual conduct offenses;
- Extend the civil statute of limitations for survivors of criminal sexual conduct;
- Remove governmental immunity to hold abusers and enablers of abuse accountable;
- Preserve anonymity for survivors in civil lawsuits;
- Include sports coaches, athletic trainers and college professors as mandatory reporters of child abuse, including sexual abuse; and
- Increase penalties for possession of child pornography.
Senate Bills 871-880 have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. Senate approves registration discounts for handicap-accessible vehicles
The state Senate recently approved legislation that would eliminate a requirement that allows only vans that are modified with a wheelchair lift to receive discounted vehicle registration.
The Michigan Vehicle Code currently allows a van owned by an individual who uses a wheelchair, or an individual responsible for transporting a member of their household who uses a wheelchair, to receive a 50 percent discount on their registration. The tax is calculated based on the weight and type of vehicle and is levied by the secretary of state when the vehicle is registered. Senate Bill 815
, which I was proud to sponsor, would allow vehicles that have been modified with a permanently installed wheelchair lift or hand controls designed to replace the brake and gas pedals of the vehicle to qualify for the discounted registration.
As vehicle engineering and technology continue to advance, more vehicles are capable of being modified to include wheelchair lifts or hand controls to allow someone who is disabled improved mobility. The changes that need to be made to these vehicles quite costly and I think offering discounted registration, regardless of the type of vehicle, is a sensible way to help offset some of those costs.
The bill was recently voted out of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and should see final approval by the full House of Representatives soon. New resources available to help you enjoy a Pure Michigan summer
The 2018 Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide
is now available and features warm weather fun all over our great state!
The popular travel publication showcases spectacular sights to see and exciting places to go, including beach towns, island getaways, scenic drives, culinary destinations and much more. Please contact my office for a free print copy or find it online at www.michigan.org
Also available is the 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide
Michigan 2018 fishing license season kicked off on April 1 and includes some new regulation changes. Anglers can find information on licenses, seasons, general regulations, county exceptions and more in the annual fishing guide. The guide is available where fishing licenses are sold or online at www.michigan.gov/dnrdigests
. The online version is always up to date and available to download.
Anglers can buy their fishing license in person at a local license retailer or online at www.mdnr-elicense.com
. The annual fee for a resident all-species fishing license is $26; an annual senior license is available for $11 for residents 65 or older.