Sen. Hune supports sexual assault legislation

Senator Joe Hune

Senator Joe Hune

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would help legally address sexual assault charges and allow for extended protections against abuse in the state of Michigan.

“This topic is something that I and all of my colleagues in the Senate feel strongly about,” said Hune, R-Fowlerville. “The intention of this legislation is to protect our children from future abuse and to bring justice to those who have suffered abuse in the past. No child should have to deal with the emotional hardship of criminal sexual conduct.”

Senate Bills 871-880 would expand numerous existing laws and create new legal protections. The bills would allow prosecutors to bring charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against a minor, no matter when the act of abuse occurred. The bills would also allow charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct against a minor up to the survivor’s 48th birthday, or within 30 years of an accused being identified by DNA evidence.

The bills would also allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to remain publicly anonymous when bringing a claim in the Michigan Court of Claims.

In addition to legal protections, the bill also would expand mandatory reporting requirements to include sports coaches, athletic trainers and college professors. If an employee fails to report such crimes, they could face a felony charge with up to two years imprisonment, a $5,000 fine, or both. A volunteer serving in one of these positions who fails to report abuse would face a misdemeanor of up to one year in jail, or a $1,000 fine, or both.

The legislation now heads to the House for further consideration.


Sen. Hune weekly update: Hune supports small cell technology

Sen. Joe Hune

Sen. Joe Hune

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Joe Hune voted last week to advance out of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee a series of bills related to small cell technology.

The bills clarify important issues regarding access and right of way accountability so utilities and wireless providers can confidently begin the process of permitting for 5G technology installations throughout the state.

5G is an emerging technology that will offer internet speeds orders of magnitude faster than current technologies. In a world with ever-increasing demands for data, 5G is hailed as the next big step in wireless customer connectivity.

“5G doesn’t use the giant towers that other cellular technology does,” said Hune, R-Fowlerville. “Instead it will require many smaller towers — called cells — to communicate the data throughout the network. Because of this, installation is expensive and complex. The bills I supported help to clarify the installation process for these new cells to make sure the communications companies are given an equal and fair chance to access limited right of way resources.”

The bills are intended to lay the groundwork for smooth permitting and encourage the growth of 5G technology throughout the state. Hune stressed that innovation-friendly policies that help deploy technologies like this will bring greater economic investment to Michigan communities and will make our wireless infrastructure a competitive front-runner among neighboring states.

“This would be a huge benefit for home consumers and for companies,” Hune said. “Investing in the cutting-edge technologies today will keep Michigan a competitive place to do business into the future. We’ve been working hard to get this legislation right, and I’m very pleased with the results.”



Sen. Hune returns more than $4,600 of budget back to state

Senator Joe Hune

Senator Joe Hune

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, announced Tuesday that he returned $4,623.86 to the state of Michigan from his official operating budget in 2017.

“I make a point to handle taxpayer money like I handle my own,” Hune said. “Spend only what you need, and save the rest. What isn’t spent serving the public ought to go back into the state coffers.

“I will continue to fight for responsible spending of taxpayer dollars and to eliminate waste. Returning these funds may be a small contribution to Michigan’s state budget of more than $55 billion, but it’s the right thing to do.”


Sen. Hune welcomes Father Walsh to the Michigan Senate

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, welcomed Father Brendan J. Walsh to the Michigan Senate on Tuesday. Walsh serves at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dexter and delivered the invocation at the start of Senate session.




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Sen. Hune keeps perfect voting attendance for 2017

Senator Joe Hune

Senator Joe Hune

LANSING, Mich. — For the seventh year in a row, state Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, maintained a perfect record of voting attendance.

“In business or sports, when someone doesn’t show up to work, the whole team suffers,” Hune said. “The Legislature is not much different; we rely on each other to help tackle the important issues that our voters care about.”

Last year, the Senate had 622 roll call votes, bringing Hune’s total number of uninterrupted votes to 5,646 — the longest streak in the Senate by 650.

“You elected me to an office of public service; it’s my duty to represent you,” Hune added. “Luckily it’s also my pleasure, and every day I feel blessed to come to work and represent Michigan’s 22nd District.”

Hune was one of 14 senators who did not miss any votes in 2017. A full record of votes is available at



Sen. Hune comments on Gov. Snyder’s State of the State address

Sen. Joe Hune

Sen. Joe Hune

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, issued the following statement Tuesday night after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his final State of the State address as governor of Michigan.

“It was a pleasure to attend Governor Snyder’s final state of the state address,” Hune said. “The governor delivered an inspirational speech that highlighted the great turnaround that Michigan has made in the last seven years.

“Michigan’s economic rebound is an inspiring story that demonstrates the power of responsible fiscal policy and a business-friendly orientation to lawmaking. The governor noted that we’ve created more than 540,000 new jobs and that our unemployment is at near record lows. He also pointed out that personal income growth is among the highest in the country, home values are surging and Michigan’s population is once again growing.

“While we still face many challenges, the Republican leadership during Governor Snyder’s tenure has enabled a truly remarkable period of economic flourishing for Michigan.”

Hune also said he was glad to hear the governor talk about addressing unfunded liabilities.

“These out-of-control liabilities were created by bad policy in the first place, and I’m glad that we were able to fix this mess so that future generations don’t have to pay for our mistakes,” Hune said. “There’s still more that we could be doing to improve accountability and responsible spending, and I intend to keep pressing for those issues in 2018.

“I wish the governor would have talked more about how we are working to lower taxes for Michiganders through the personal exemption and income tax reform. President Donald Trump and Congress gave Americans a historic tax break with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and now it’s up to the states to follow suit and bring tax relief at the state level as well. This is something that I will continue to support in 2018.

“I am proud to have worked with Governor Snyder on many pieces of important legislation in his seven years as governor, and I look forward to working with him on many more throughout the year.”



**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Hune welcomes guests to the state Capitol for State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, welcomed his father, Dave Hune, (far right) to the Michigan Capitol before Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2018 State of the State address. Dave Hune is a retired Nabisco Company driver and is a constituent of the 22nd District.

Other guests of Hune included Brandon Denby, Livingston County Register of Deeds; John and Cathy Backus from Fowlerville; and Steve and Dawn Horton from the Fowlerville News and Views.




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Hune welcomes Pastor Wilson to state Capitol to lead invocation

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, welcomed Pastor Mark Wilson from Fowlerville UB Church in Fowlerville to the Senate on Tuesday to lead the invocation before the Senate session.


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Save the Date: Kowall and Hune announce event honoring Vietnam era veterans

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Joe Hune on Friday announced a formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony on Saturday, July 22 during the Vetstock music festival in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, is hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Fowlerville to give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families. A representative from Hune’s office also will be in attendance. Kowall encourages all interested residents and veterans to join him in paying tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration and in conjunction with the Agent Orange Riders, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, at 10520 Iosco Road, in Fowlerville.

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The Agent Orange Riders are based out of the Heart of the Lakes VFW Post 1008 in Waterford. They conduct research on the possible generational effects of Agent Orange used in Vietnam. Vetstock is the organization’s inaugural music festival held to support veterans.

Kowall will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location. Danielle Blanchard will perform the national anthem.

The symbolism attached to the lapel pin is significant, Kowall said.

“The Commemoration honors all Vietnam veterans, whether they served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period,” he said. “All were called to serve and the overwhelming majority of these veterans served honorably and admirably.”

The Commemoration was authorized by Congress and established under the secretary of defense, and then formally launched in 2012. It was designed to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families in hometown America, in light of the 50th anniversary of the war. Recognition is given to these heroes when commemorative partners, such as Kowall, hold events for the veterans and their families.

“Michigan’s Vietnam veterans, whether drafted or enlisted, served our country with honor. Tragically, too many returned home with little thanks for their service and not much help transitioning to civilian life,” Kowall said. “This ceremony is a way to recognize veterans of the Vietnam War era and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation and the Michigan Legislature.”

Hune agreed.

“It is an honor and a privilege for my office to be able to help host a ceremony honoring these heroes who risked all for our country in Vietnam,” said Hune, R-Fowlerville. “The pins we present them are but a small token of our gratitude for their sacrifice on behalf of our nation.”

Kowall has held numerous events, in both Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

“It is always a moving time for me when I am able to present the lapel pins and personally thank each veteran for their service,” Kowall said.

Senate holds 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, welcomed Livingston County Veteran of the Year Dwight Sachau to the Capitol on Thursday as his guest for the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service. The Service honors Michigan servicemen and servicewomen who have died within the past year.

“Memorial Day isn’t just a day off from work or a day to enjoy a cookout; it’s a solemn occasion for us to remember the brave men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom,” Hune said. “It is a great privilege and honor to be a part of this special day in the Senate each year to pay tribute to those who lost their lives defending our nation.”

Following the session, Hune, Sen. Rebekah Warren, and Reps. Lana Theis, Hank Vaupel and Donna Lasinski hosted a luncheon honoring 77 veterans from Livingston and Washtenaw counties.

Veterans from World War II through military action in Afghanistan were present for the luncheon. During the luncheon, Hune, Theis and Vaupel paid tribute to the late Donald Burgett, who had several family members present.



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Photo caption (top): Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, welcomed Livingston County Veteran of the Year Dwight Sachau (right) to the Capitol on May 25 as his guest for the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service.

Photo caption (bottom): Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, co-hosted a luncheon for 77 veterans following the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service.