Publications

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A Citizen's Guide To State Government - 2017-18

The intent of this Citizen's Guide is to provide some of the specific information needed to get in touch with the right people at the right time to make your concerns heard. It is hoped that it will be a reference tool that will assist you in your efforts to be heard by public officials.
Posted March 16th 2017

Michigan Taxpayer's Guide 2017

This booklet contains information for your 2017 Michigan property taxes and 2016 individual income taxes, homestead property tax credits, farmland and open space tax relief, and the home heating credit program. The information contained in this booklet may ease the burden of filling out state tax forms and may even save some taxpayers money.
Posted February 14th 2017

Senator Joe Hune's "How to Effectively Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment"

Do you think your property tax assessment is incorrect? If so, you may appeal the assessment. If you believe your assessment is in error, you may appeal to your local Board of Review and, if necessary, the Michigan Tax Tribunal. No attorney is necessary. This guide, along with your willingness to explore all the possibilities, may help you obtain a favorable adjustment.
Posted January 31st 2017

Senator Joe Hune's 2017 Snowmobile Update

This snowmobile news update includes safety tips and information on snow events, the trail system and winter fishing. For details on rules, regulations and links to other resources, be sure and visit www.michigan.gov/snowmobiling.
Posted January 18th 2017

Changes and Choices: Legal Rights of Senior Adults

This book has been specially prepared as a reference guide to provide information helpful to senior adults. Our hope is that your life will be enriched and empowered by this knowledge and that your senior years will truly be golden. In all cases, the more you know, the better you can provide for your own well-being.
Posted December 20th 2016

William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim's Rights Act and Constitutional Amendment

For crime victims and adults who wish to prevent crime. In this booklet, you will find Michigan's William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim's Rights Act, a hierarchy of Michigan's court system, and basic information about criminal proceedings. You will also learn how to file an application for crime victim compensation and how to join a victim notification network. For your convenience, a compilation of victim advocates and assistance organizations is listed in the back of this booklet.
Posted November 1st 2016

Veterans Benefits & Services 2016 - For Michigan Veterans Who Served in the Military

For Michigan veterans and their survivors and dependents. This booklet provides information about obtaining veterans benefits and services available through federal, state, and local agencies. Topics range from acquiring a home mortgage, education, employment and insurance to medical treatment and death benefits. Listings include U.S.D.V.A. medical facilities in Michigan and veterans service organizations.
Posted October 17th 2016

Senator Joe Hune's "Back to School - 2016 Education Update"

I am pleased to share this Back to School report with you. From a special section on increased school funding to legislative news and more, I hope you find it informative and useful.
Posted August 23rd 2016

A Grateful Nation Remembers

Memorial Day and Veteran's News from Senator Joe Hune. Senate adopts tribute to Blue Star Mothers, Senate hearings on GR Home for Veterans, New plate recognizes veterans, and more.
Posted May 23rd 2016

Senator Joe Hune's Boating and Fishing Update 2016

I am pleased to send along this report, including legislative news, license information, festival dates and more. I hope you find it useful as you and your family make lifelong memories in Michigan's great outdoors.
Posted May 1st 2016

Senator Jone Hune's 2016 Snowmobile Update

If you love the outdoors, Michigan offers spectacular winter fun. And with exciting terrain, scenic beauty and a trail network in a class by itself, snowmobiling drives the season! Before you head for the trails, I want to send along some news, including information on a grant program, trail signage, safety tips, frosty events and more.
Posted January 4th 2016

Michigan State Capitol - A Self Guided Tour

Today Michigan's Capitol is nationally recognized for its extraordinary architecture and art. It stands as Michigan’s most important historic building and a proud symbol of the state.
Posted November 7th 2015

Michigan Firearms Laws

In addition to state statutes concerning firearms, this publication includes selected Michigan Attorney General Opinions that interpret various firearms laws. Also included is a listing of selected state administrative rules that regulate the use of firearms.
Posted October 28th 2015

Michigan in the Civil War

An overview of Michigan's involvement in the Civil War.
Posted October 10th 2015

Planning for Your Peace of Mind: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Medical and Legal Decisions

For mature adults. This booklet provides information about making a will and designating medical care preference in case of incapacity. This booklet contains forms for organ donation, the Michigan Statutory Will, and the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, as well as a personal records form to allow family to locate important legal and personal documents.
Posted October 2nd 2015

Sen. Joe Hune's 2015 Hunting Update

Sportsmen and women all over the state enjoy our bountiful resources and rich hunting tradition. In fact, Michigan’s hunting participation rate–the percent of residents who have a hunting license–ranks third in the nation! Before you head out, I want to send along some information, including legislative news, season dates, regulation changes and more. Be sure to visit www.michigan.gov/hunting to stay current on rule changes or other important news.
Posted September 24th 2015

Senator Joe Hune's Back to School Update

We all share a commitment to see Michigan’s children achieve and excel. That’s why investing in education is one of our top priorities. By working together, we can make sure our schools are able to prepare students for the many opportunities of the 21st century economy. I hope this Back to School report, with a special section on school funding, is informative and useful to you.
Posted September 8th 2015

Recycling Coloring and Activity Book

For elementary-age children. Learn how to keep Michigan beautiful with the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle.
Posted July 12th 2015

Senator Joe Hune's "How to Fly the American Flag"

The Flag Code (Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code) provides uniform guidelines for the display of the flag. This document provides a brief synopsis.
Posted June 2nd 2015

Your Child - A Guide to Your Child’s Health and Safety

This publication is a resource guide to your child’s health and safety. Topics include suggestions for choosing a child care provider, common developmental milestones from birth to age 5 years, and information on SIDS, SUID and shaken baby syndrome. Basic tips for home safety and emergency preparedness are also discussed as well as a section that promotes healthy living and good nutrition habits for the entire family. I have also included information on child abuse and neglect prevention and excerpts from the Michigan Child Protection Law, as currently amended.
Posted May 25th 2015

Portraits of Michigan: History and Facts on Michigan

For teachers and junior/senior high students. Portraits of Michigan offers a fun way for you to learn about the state in which you live. With this booklet, we hope you enjoy reading about and gain pride in your home state and that you will love Michigan a little more.
Posted May 20th 2015

The Legislative Process in Michigan: A Student's Guide

For high school students and interested citizens. How do people legislate laws to govern themselves? How does an idea become a bill? What happens in the legislative process? In addition to lawmaking, what other responsibilities does the Legislature have? Answers to these and other questions are presented in this informative publication.
Posted May 16th 2015

Senator Joe Hune's 2015 Agriculture Update

From roadside stands to global markets, quality Michigan food products are in demand! In fact, the entire food and agriculture system is now valued at $101.2 billion, an increase of 15 percent from 2010 to 2014. This steady, sustained growth provides jobs and opportunity in communities all across our state. There is still room to grow and one of my top priorities is working to ensure the continued economic development of Michigan agriculture. I am pleased to send along this legislative report outlining several topical issues.
Posted May 14th 2015

Proposal 15-1

A special election on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 will provide you with an opportunity to vote on a statewide ballot proposal and play an important role in helping direct Michigan policy. This flyer contains the actual language that will appear on the ballot as approved by the State Board of Canvassers, although it may not be presented in the same format. It also includes arguments for and against the proposal. The arguments do not necessarily reflect my views, rather the intent is to bring you information to help you make an informed decision.
Posted March 25th 2015

Senator Joe Hune's "How to Effectively Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment"

Do you think your property tax assessment is incorrect? If so, you may appeal the assessment. If you believe your assessment is in error, you may appeal to your local Board of Review and, if necessary, the Michigan Tax Tribunal. No attorney is necessary. This guide, along with your willingness to explore all the possibilities, may help you obtain a favorable adjustment.
Posted February 11th 2015

Senator Joe Hune's "Snowmobile Update"

Michigan offers a fantastic snowmobiling experience - a first class trail network, natural beauty, exciting terrain and genuine hospitality. It's no wonder snowmobiling is a mainstay of Michigan's winter tourism industry. In fact, the sport generates $500 million in trip spending alone and helps support many "Up North" families and communities.
Posted January 13th 2015

Your State Capitol

For all Michiganians (Revised November 2014) Michigan's elegant Victorian-era capitol building is recognized as a national historic landmark for its architectural beauty and artistic importance. Photos, text and artwork highlight interesting views and give information about Michigan's capitol building and its history. Book is available in French, Spanish, and large print.
Posted November 7th 2014

Senator Joe Hune's "2014 Hunting Update""

Michigan offers some of the finest hunting opportunities around. With an abundance of game animals and birds, there's no better place to enjoy this great outdoor tradition! Before you head out, I wanted to send along some timely hunting information, including season dates, license news, anti-poaching legislation and more. I hope you find it useful.
Posted September 29th 2014

Senator Joe Hune's "2014 Ag Update""

Farming is a big part of the vitality and quality of life we enjoy. From bean and soy production to dairy farming, agriculture is an economic force throughout Michigan. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, one of my top priorities is working to ensure Michigan remains a state where agriculture can keep growing.
Posted September 29th 2014

Senator Joe Hune's "2014 Senior Update""

A legislative report on several issues that may be of interest to seniors, including health care, safety and consumer protection.
Posted September 29th 2014

The Michigan Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act

For all citizens (Revised January 2001) The FOIA establishes procedures to ensure every citizen's right of access to government documents. The OMA protects a citizen's right to know what's going on in government by opening to full public view the processes by which elected and nonelected officials make decisions. This publication contains the text of both acts, general outlines and digests, opinions of the Attorney General, and court decisions. (Not available in print - digital only)
Posted August 3rd 2014

Senator Joe Hune's 2014 Conservation Update

It's important to conserve our natural resources so the outdoor experiences we enjoy today - whether fishing on a quiet inland lake, camping in a nearby state park, hiking the Shore-to-Shore trail, boating on one of the Big Lakes, tracking a big buck at dawn, or adding to a birding life list - can be enjoyed by future generations. I know many families are interested in the conservation issues that affect Michigan's outdoor heritage. I hope this report will help keep you up-to-date.
Posted July 20th 2014

Consumer Protection Resource Guide: Be A Knowledgeable Consumer

Of general interest to all consumers. Everything you need to know about consumer rights and Michigan law: how to protect yourself from consumer fraud and how to take legal action.
Posted July 14th 2014

Friend of the Court: Support, Custody, and Visitation for Michigan Children

For divorced parents and others interested in child welfare. The Friend of the Court oversees the welfare of children whose support, custody, and parenting time are the subject of court order because the parents are separated or divorced or they never married. This handbook describes the procedures available for all FOC offices to enforce the court's orders to ensure protection of children's rights to economic and emotional support.
Posted April 10th 2014

Ask Yourself. A Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Resource Guide.

This publication contains information and prevention resources for any individual affected by domestic and sexual violence. Specific topics covered include myths and warning signs of domestic violence and teen dating violence, information regarding date rape drugs and sexual assault prevention, facts on stalking and cyberstalking, abuse reporting procedures, a parent or guardian?s section, suggestions for helping a friend in an abusive situation and what to consider when it?s time to leave an abusive relationship. Throughout this publication, many national, state and local crisis hotlines, professional domestic violence organizations and shelter information have been compiled for your quick reference.
Posted February 7th 2014

Senator Joe Hune's Veteran's Update - Honoring All Who Served

This month we pause to honor the sacrifice and service of our veterans, more than 650,000 of which call our great state home. Here in Michigan, we are proud of and committed to supporting those who answered our nation's call to duty. This special update includes a report on the revitalized Veterans Affairs Agency and Michigan's employment services for veterans.
Posted November 6th 2013

Services for Seniors: Laws and Programs for Senior Adults

For seniors and their families. To enhance senior living, this booklet describes state programs and services related to tax credits and additional taxation issues, Medicare and Medicaid, nursing homes and other long-term care options, consumer protection, housing, transportation, employment, and senior discount programs.
Posted October 19th 2013

Senator Joe Hune's "2013 Legislative Update""

My number one priority is jobs. Since day one, every action I've taken in the Senate has been to further that agenda. I will continue to build upon the common sense reforms we've accomplished to create a better environment for job growth and opportunity.
Posted August 15th 2013

Senator Joe Hune's "2013 Hunting Update""

As the days get shorter and the leaves rustle underfoot, it's time to plan for one of our state's most time-honored traditions - a fall hunting trip! Whether you hunt deer, turkey, small game or waterfowl, Michigan has some of the best hunting opportunities around.
Posted August 15th 2013

Back to School

All of us - parents, teachers and neighbors - share a commitment to our children's academic success. By working together, we can provide our kids with the best education possible and help them succeed and achieve. I hope this Back to School report is informative and useful. Best wishes to all those beginning a new school year!
Posted August 15th 2013

Senator Joe Hune's "2013 Senior Legislative Report""

I am pleased to send along this legislative report to update you on my work to protect the safety and well-being of our senior citizens. I have also included some helpful consumer information and a travel resource.
Posted July 8th 2013

Getting to Know Michigan: A Coloring Book

For younger Michiganians in grades 2 to 4. An informative coloring book for kids, it gives interesting tidbits about Michigan's history, colorful folklore, and state symbols.
Posted May 19th 2013

Senator Joe Hune's "Snowmobile and Safety Guide""

With the season upon us, I want to send along some snowmobile news and safety information.
Posted January 28th 2013

Senator Joe Hune's 2012 Senior Update

Protecting the safety and well-being of our senior citizens is one of my top priorities. This update provides news on senior protection legislation, as well as helpful consumer information and travel resources.
Posted July 11th 2012

For the People... By the People... How State and Local Governments Operate

For the People... By the People... How State and Local Governments Operate For all citizens. To help citizens understand the organization of state and local government, this booklet gives brief descriptions of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of state government, and describes the functions of county, city, township, and village entities of local government. Additional information is provided about local financing and taxation issues.
Posted April 18th 2012

Tenants and Landlords: A Practical Guide

For tenants and landlords. This booklet provides a basic explanation of what happens when a rental agreement is made and serves as a helpful and informative reference tool concerning the rights and responsibilities of the tenant and the landlord.
Posted April 18th 2012

Child Safety Coloring Book

For parents and early elementary-age children. The message of this coloring book is . . . Be smart and be safe . . . On your bicycle, in your home, and in public. This booklet makes a proactive effort to help children to be aware of potentially harmful situations and to avoid them.
Posted October 26th 2011

Senator Joe Hune's "2011 Hunting Update""

With autumn in the air, Michigan's hunting heritage takes center stage. Whether you hunt deer, turkey, waterfowl or small game, our state has some of the best opportunities around. Along with a legislative report, this newsletter provides safety tips, hunting resources and more.
Posted September 15th 2011

United States Constitution

This booklet contains the text of the Constitution of the United States with all amendments, as well as the Declaration of Independence.
Posted April 1st 2011

Michigan Constitution

Michigan's Constitution and all amendments.
Posted April 10th 2010

Movin' On: Rights and Responsibilities of Young Adults

For young adults. This handbook contains information for young adults graduating from high school. It discusses important topics such as establishing credit, seeking a higher education, voting, renting, and job search and career planning.
Posted August 8th 2006