Senator Ken Horn's Legislative Update

Dear Friends,

The snow has receded and the weather is warming. As the spring weather moves in, I wanted to keep everyone updated both on my work in Lansing and in the district.

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 7100 in the Binsfeld Office Building.

Sincerely,

Ken Horn
State Senator
32nd District

Horn reminds residents of March office hours

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My office hours for the month of March will be a joint meeting with Rep. Rodney Wakeman at the following date, time and location:

Date: Friday, March 29
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Saginaw Senior Care and Rehab Center
Address: 4322 Mackinaw Road, Saginaw

We look forward to meeting with area residents and hearing concerns that any residents of the district may have. Please feel free to drop in. No appointment is necessary.

District Spotlight

Horn participates in March is Reading Month celebrations

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I recently had the pleasure of joining Rep. Vanessa Guerra at the 14th annual Books for Breakfast hosted by READ Association of Saginaw County.

Books for Breakfast is a celebration of National Reading Month. The event featured a pancake breakfast, literacy activities, storytelling, costume characters, puppets and a free book for every child.

For many years, I’ve also been lucky enough to be invited to the Read Across America Celebration at St. Charles Elementary School. I was happy to participate once again in the March is Reading Month activities at the school. I always look forward to reading to a classroom full of eager youngsters.

Horn, local officials welcome Lt. Gov. Gilchrist, meet with teachers

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Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist came to Frankenmuth a couple of weeks ago. During his trip, he enjoyed a chicken dinner during a roundtable discussion about issues of importance with community leaders, including Rep. Rodney Wakeman and me.

After the visit from the lieutenant governor, I met with 12 local teachers who are part of a legislative council. I meet with this group a few times a year to connect directly with teachers and discuss their needs in the classroom.

The topics we discuss vary, but this time we chatted about teacher evaluation bills, snow day makeups, third grade reading and much more!

Horn supports bill to crack down on mail theft

Many people receive checks, prescription medications, packages and other items of value in the mail. Yet theft is an increasing problem. In fact, 2018 appears to be a record year for mail theft in Michigan.

I recently supported legislation to better deter mail and package theft. Although it is a federal crime, the federal government doesn’t have the resources to prosecute unless the value of the stolen items is high enough or it involves identity theft. Senate Bills 23 and 24 would create a state-level mail theft crime with penalties, allowing more options for state prosecution and more consistent enforcement.

The legislation has been sent to the House for consideration.

New laws target animal abusers

Family pets can be caught up in domestic violence situations. Some abusers may injure or kill an animal as a way to abuse a victim of domestic violence or keep the victim from leaving.

A new law effective this month addresses this kind of animal cruelty. Public Acts 452 and 652 of 2018 make it a crime and establish stiff penalties for someone to kill or torture the companion animal of another person. Animal abusers should face strong consequences when harming animals to intimidate people.

April is Donate Life Month

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More than 3,000 people in Michigan are waiting for an organ transplant. Oftentimes, the transplant helps save a person’s life.

Next month is Donate Life Month and a good time to learn about organ donation. Just one donor can save the lives of eight people and improve the lives of even more. Motorists can purchase a Donate Life specialty license plate to support and help promote the need for organ, tissue and eye donors. The fundraising plates can be ordered online at www.michigan.gov/sos or at any secretary of state branch office.

Phone scammers posing as health officials

State officials recently cautioned Michigan residents about a new phone scam operating in several areas of the state. Apparently, scammers are posing as public health officials in an attempt to obtain personal information that could be used to steal someone’s identity.

It’s important to remember that local public health and Medicare officials will not call and request personal and confidential information, such as Social Security numbers, over the phone. People can report these calls by contacting the attorney general’s Consumer Protection division at 877-765-8388.

Senate adopts resolution saluting American Legion

I recently co-sponsored Senate Resolution 22 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American Legion.

Since 1919, the American Legion has been a strong advocate for veterans and their families. The organization was founded on four pillars of service, including care for veterans, a strong national defense, patriotism and children and youth. Over the past 100 years, the American Legion of the Department of Michigan has fulfilled the Legion’s mission through programs such as Boys State, scouting, an American Legion hospital, an American Legion children’s home, the American Legion Riders, baseball and many other programs.

We honor the American Legion for 100 years of dedicated service and commitment to our nation’s veterans and all 56,567 members who live in our great state.

Free Pure Michigan travel guide now available

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Whether you enjoy warm weather fun on the water, in the woods or at the golf course, Michigan has it all!

The 2019 Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide features lighthouses, tiny towns, national forests and Great Lakes shore experiences as well as craft beer, casino and urban destinations. The publication also includes a seasonal calendar of festival events. Please call my office for a print copy or find the digital version at www.michigan.org.

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Senator Ken Horn
201 Townsend Street
Suite #7100
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Phone: (517) 373-1760

Visit my website at: www.senatorkenhorn.com

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