Changes to states sex registry approved, sent to governor

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

Michigan is one step closer to complying with the national Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act thanks to legislation approved by state lawmakers and sent to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Senate Bills 188, 189 and 206 create a three-tiered system to differentiate between levels of offenders. The new tiered system will more adequately inform concerned residents which individuals in their community are a real threat.

Under the proposals, offenders convicted of tier three offenses, the most serious, would have to report four times a year and remain on the registry for life. Michigan’s current system groups all offenders together on the same list.

These key measures were approved far ahead of the July 1 deadline. As soon as they are signed by the governor, state law enforcement agencies will no longer be in jeopardy of losing $1.2 million in federal funding.

The reforms also include a change for so-called “Romeo and Juliet” offenses that was not required by federal law.

For example, a 17-year-old boy consensually involved with a 15-year-old girl would no longer be placed on the registry, and those who were can appeal to a judge to have their name removed.

The legislation is supported by the Michigan State Police and Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.

SB 188, 189 and 206 have been approved by both chambers of the Legislature and now await the governor’s signature. I look forward to seeing them become law.

Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.

Sen. Hune welcomes guests from Shiawassee County

State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, visits with guests from Shiawassee County. The group traveled to the state Capitol to see the Senate and House in action. Those in attendance met with Hune and Rep. Ben Glardon, R-Owosso.

Editor’s note: The above photograph of Sen. Hune visiting with his guests is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire.

Senators unveil plan to cut red tape, help put people back to work

 

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

Michigan has lost nearly 800,000 jobs in the past decade. We need to focus on making Michigan an attractive state for job providers. That’s why Senate Republicans recently announced vital measures to help Michigan job providers and help put people back to work.

The proposed laws will reduce burdensome regulations on individuals and businesses to help create jobs and boost Michigan’s economy. By cutting the red tape that so many of our businesses face, we can help turn things around in our great state and help get people working again.

According to Site Selection magazine, business executives look at the ease of permitting and regulatory procedures second only to the availability of desired workforce skills when choosing the place to locate or expand their business.

Measures in the eight-bill package would:
• Level the playing field for Michigan job providers by prohibiting rules more stringent than federal rules, unless authorized by state law;
• Require state agencies to consider disproportionate effects rules might have on small businesses compared to larger companies;
• Improve timeliness in permitting and end delay tactics by regulators who keep asking for additional information;
• Require regulators to compare standards in nearby states and perform a cost-benefit analysis when proposing new rules; and
• Increase transparency in the rulemaking process to improve the opportunity for comment and suggestions by those impacted.

The cost of conducting business in Michigan is too high for our job providers. These measures will send a clear signal to businesses across the state and country: Michigan is open for business.

I look forward to supporting these vital measures in the coming weeks.

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Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.
 

Photo: Sen. Hunes farm-friendly bill signed into law

State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, joined Gov. Rick Snyder at the Capitol Tuesday as he signed his first public act as governor. The farm-friendly legislation, which Hune sponsored, will help ensure that Michigan farmers who voluntarily comply with state environmental standards receive real benefits. Public Act 1 of 2011 (Senate Bill 122) provides a level of consistency and certainty for environmental outcomes and economic investment.

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Editor’s note: Photographs of Sen. Hune and Gov. Snyder are available by visiting the senator’s photowire at:
http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=22