Senator Ken Horn
 
 
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Senator Ken Horn's Legislative Update
 
 
 
Dear Friends,

Summer is finally here! We completed a great deal of work before parting for the summer in-district period, and for those who I have yet to see around the 32nd District, I wanted to give you a brief update on what we’ve been working on in Lansing.

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 Binsfeld Office Building.

Sincerely,

Ken Horn
State Senator
32nd District

Horn supports protections for victims of sexual assault
Download images to view this graphicLt. Gov. Brian Calley recently signed legislation to extend the criminal and civil statutes of limitation to allow more sexual abuse perpetrators to be prosecuted.

Senate Bill 871, now Public Act 182 of 2018, extends the criminal statute of limitations for minors who are victims of second- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct to 15 years or until they reach the age of 28, whichever is later, for each offense.

Senate Bill 872, now Public Act 183 of 2018, allows adult victims up to 10 years to file suit for sexual assault. Child victims can file civil suits until they are 28 years old or up to three years after the victim discovers both the injury and the causal relationship between the injury and the criminal sexual conduct, whichever is later.

These bills show our children are valued and that we will fight against predators. While I am proud to have co-sponsored these bills, we must continue our work in eradicating childhood sexual assault and abuse. Victims deserve justice and perpetrators deserve a life behind bars. With this legislation, we are sending a message that we will not tolerate these heinous acts.

This is an issue of human decency and respect for others. I am beyond proud of my colleagues for jumping on board, doing what was right and providing a sense of closure for the victims.

Horn welcomes the Rev. Douglas Jackson to Lansing
Download images to view this graphicMy good friend the Rev. Douglas Jackson and his wife Kathy recently made their way to Lansing. Dr. Jackson serves as pastor at Community Baptist Church in Saginaw and delivered the invocation before Senate session on my behalf.

I appreciate their taking the time to come see me at work and Dr. Jackson for blessing my colleagues and me with a beautiful invocation.

Horn welcomes Freeland Students to Michigan Capitol
Download images to view this graphicI recently had the pleasure of welcoming a group of students from Freeland to the Michigan Capitol.

One of the fourth-grade classes was a March is Reading Month contest winner and was gifted a Catalpa tree sapling, which they planted together near the playground.

These students are bright, energetic, respectful and kind. Their curious faces brought light to a dull budget session. Freeland should be very proud.

Horn backs auto no-fault reform
The cost of auto insurance is a burden for many Michigan drivers. In fact, our state has the highest average annual premium in the nation. I recently supported legislation to help lower costs and better protect Michigan insurance customers.

Senate Bill 787 would allow Michigan residents age 65 or older to have the option to choose a capped auto insurance plan that would preserve their benefits. Seniors who choose this plan would have their catastrophic claims assessment significantly reduced. Medicare would cover remaining expenses after the $50,000 limit is reached.

Fraud also drives up costs. Senate Bill 1014 would create the Michigan Automobile Insurance Fraud Authority to investigate and reduce fraud, estimated at $400 million annually. Other reforms ensure 24/7 care remains available for individuals injured in auto accidents and does not limit care provided by skilled professionals. The bills have been sent to the House for consideration.

Saginaw Wine Run
Rep. Vanessa Guerra and I would like to spread the word about the Team One Wine Run Saginaw 2018 (Facebook link) which will be donating its proceeds to the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region.
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The CAN Council is an amazing organization dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect. Rep. Guerra and I have worked very closely with the council over the years and they are a top notch organization that is certainly worthy of this year’s charitable donation.

Mark your calendars for September 19th! I look forward to seeing you at Huntington Park.

More information can be found here.

Budget reflects priorities of Michigan families
Download images to view this graphicThe Legislature recently finished work on the state budget, and for the eighth consecutive year, we produced a balanced budget months ahead of schedule.

The plan features key investments to education, roads, jobs and public safety, including:
  • Providing $14.8 billion for K-12 education — the most in our state’s history;
  • Investing $58 million in school safety initiatives to keep our children safe;
  • Boosting road funding by $330 million, bringing our total added investment in roads and infrastructure to $2.4 billion since 2017;
  • Adding funds to train 155 state police troopers to keep our communities safe; and
  • Providing nearly $141 million in skilled trades training to prepare workers for in-demand jobs.
From my first days as a legislator, I’ve been focused on skilled trades. Employers in the 32nd District are begging for machinists, welders and other specialized hands-on professionals. This is an investment in our state’s workers that will provide many young Michiganders with a fantastic career. I’m glad to see we’re once again encouraging youngsters to work with their hands.

This budget also included money for several projects in Saginaw and Genesee counties.

Some specific projects in the 32nd District include:
  • $1,070,000 to finish the Dixie Highway project in Bridgeport Township
  • $200,000 to replace the Chapin Road bridge in Jonesfield Township
  • $303,600 for Seymour Road in Flushing Township
  • $100,000 for the Saginaw River Deepening Feasibility Study
The governor recently signed the 2018-2019 General Omnibus budget and is expected to sign the School Aid Omnibus in the coming days.

Horn, Faris celebrate 100th birthday of WWII veteran
Download images to view this graphicI was happy to join Rep. Pam Faris in congratulating WWII Veteran Ike Fabela, of Montrose, on his recent 100th birthday.

Mr. Fabela had a birthday wish to receive 100 birthday cards from around the country. He instead ended up with 75,000 birthday wishes from all over the world.

Rep. Faris wrote a Tribute, signed by herself, Speaker Tom Leonard and me honoring both his service and the occasion. I also asked my colleagues in the Senate to sign an official state seal honoring such a colossal milestone.

Fishing in Michigan
If your summer plans include taking the kids or grandkids fishing, be sure to check out the Family Friendly Fishing Waters website.

The water bodies are identified as family friendly based on ease of access, amenities (such as restrooms!) and high likelihood of success in catching fish. Other information includes driving directions, hours of operation, species of fish available, typical bait used and more. Access the site at www.michigan.gov/fishing.

Anglers under age 17 may fish without a license but they are required to observe all fishing rules and regulations. A fishing license isn’t necessary to help someone under the age of 17 fish as long as the young angler is an active participant. Adults can help bait the hook, set up the fishing rod, fix tangles or snags, cast the line, land the fish and unhook the fish.

Many Michigan anglers have experienced the state’s beautiful inland lakes or rivers, but would also love to fish the Great Lakes.

The Department of Natural Resources has developed four “roadmaps” that serve as starting points to provide new or experienced anglers with information on many Great Lakes fishing sites and times of the year when great opportunities exist. These roadmaps focus on fishing Southeast Michigan’s Great Lakes, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

Each was developed with the expertise of the Fisheries Division staff. Visit www.michigan.gov/fishing and click on the link to Roadmaps to Fishing Michigan’s Great Lakes to discover new fishing opportunities this summer!

Light Up the City: Success in Saginaw
Download images to view this graphicThe city of Saginaw recently hosted the sixth annual Light Up the City event in an effort to reduce crime and make the city safer for families.

Light Up the City is a collaborative effort between law enforcement, citizens and businesses to fight crime. Volunteers go door-to-door and hand out lightbulbs and encourage people to leave their porch lights on. Through hard work and collaborative effort, we can make a difference!

I want to thank everyone who volunteered and I look forward to seeing everyone again at the next walk.

Saginaw County Commission on Aging Annual Senior Picnic
Download images to view this graphicI recently attended the Saginaw County Commission on Aging’s recent picnic for area seniors, where I was honored to give the blessing for the meal.

The event serves as an opportunity for seniors to meet with other seniors and browse vendors for various services, and for us to provide them with information on health care and safety.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the event. It was a wonderful afternoon speaking with all of you.

Horn backs bills to prepare students for careers
Michigan will have more than 800,000 career openings to fill through 2024 in fields that are facing a talent shortage, such as manufacturing, information technology, health care and the professional trades.

I recently supported legislation to help ensure our students can develop the skills they need to find a high-paying, in-demand technology job in one of these career fields. Senate Bills 941 and 942 will invest $100 million in scholarships, education programs, workforce development and teacher support through partnerships with schools and businesses.

Called the “Marshall Plan for Talent,” the initiative will expand current efforts to close the talent gap and better prepare our high school students for career opportunities, college or both.

Pet-friendly parks
Download images to view this graphicMany families enjoy time in the great outdoors together, including those with furry family members!

Pets are welcome on a six-foot leash in Michigan state parks, park campgrounds, state forests and the majority of trails. In addition, pet-friendly lodging is available at several state parks. A number of parks offer sections of pet-friendly shorelines as well, although pets must be kept on a six-foot leash even if they are in the water.

Find more information, including rules that apply at all locations, at www.michigan.gov/dnr; click Places to Go and then Parks and Recreation Areas.

 
 
 
 
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Senator Ken Horn

201 Townsend Street
Suite #7200
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: (517) 373-1760

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