Celebrating Independence Day

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

Our nation will turn 236 years old on Wednesday, July 4. In celebration, communities across the state and country will have spectacular displays of fireworks.

Locally, you can catch fireworks in Fowlerville at dusk (about 10:15 p.m.) at the Fowlerville Fairgrounds or Centennial Park; or in Gregory at dusk at the Gregory softball diamond.

Interested in daytime activities to commemorate our nation’s birthday? You’re in luck, as there are countless parades scheduled across the area. Fourth of July parades scheduled for Wednesday, July 4 are as follows:

  • Brighton, 10 a.m.;
  • Cohoctah, 11 a.m.;
  • Gregory, noon; and
  • Fowlerville, 7 p.m.

I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that under Michigan law, it is illegal to set-off fireworks on public property. Violations of this law come with a hefty fine of up to $500.

For the safety of everyone this holiday, please do not ignite fireworks in parks, at schools or churches or any other public place.

Have a safe and fantastic holiday. God bless America!

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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.

Hune: Supreme Court gets Obamacare decision wrong

LANSING — Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the federal Affordable Care Act:

“I respect the justices serving on the United States Supreme Court but today they got it wrong when they upheld Obamacare. I am deeply disappointed in the decision handed down today – it is not what is in the best interest of Michigan residents and other citizens across the country.

“The president had claimed that this was not a tax. However, today’s decision clarified that that is exactly what this is – a tax. I believe in free market principles – not in relying on government bureaucrats who think they know what’s best for everyone else.

“By passing a state health care exchange to provide consumers with choices for their private insurance, the Senate Republicans helped prevent the federal government from imposing a one-size-fits-all bureaucratic scheme upon us.”

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Fowlerville Family Fair time!

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

My favorite time of the year is only about a month away – the Fowlerville Family Fair is coming up the week of July 23 through July 28.

There is still plenty of time to get involved as an active participant. In fact, you can still enter open class non-livestock competition, throw your name in the ring for “Homemaker of the Year,” or apply to be selected as the Fowlerville Fair Queen.

Fees are $10 to enter the open class competition and entries are due by Sunday, July 1. Exhibitors receive one gate admission (free entry to the fair all week), and you may enter in as many categories as you wish.

There are wonderful prizes for the person selected as the 2012 Homemaker of the Year. Applications and entry fees for this contest are due by Sunday, July 8. Homemaker of the year is open to all Livingston County residents (male and female) who are 18 years of age and older. To enter, an exhibitor must show in five of the following nine open class categories:

  • Baked goods;
  • Floriculture;
  • Photography;
  • Canned goods;
  • Gardening;
  • Sewing;
  • Crafts;
  • Needlecraft; or
  • Planting.

Interested in being crowned as the 2012 Fowlerville Family Fair Queen? Single women between the ages of 17-24 can submit an application by Friday, July 13.

For more information, a schedule of events, application forms, and entry guidelines and rules, please visit www.fowlervillefamilyfair.com.

I hope you take this chance to get involved with the fair, but even if you can’t, I hope to see you there!

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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.

Legislature sends tax relief measure to governor

LANSING — Taxpayers across the state will see benefits of a reduced income tax rate three months earlier than expected under legislation approved by the Michigan Senate Thursday, said supporter Sen. Joe Hune.

“Hard-working residents across the state deserve tax relief,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “Speeding up the timetable on the income tax rollback will allow Michigan taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money.”

House Bill 5699 accelerates the scheduled income tax rollback by three months – beginning Oct. 1 instead of Jan. 1, 2013.

If the bill is signed into law, the rate would decrease from the current tax rate of 4.35 percent to 4.25 percent.

“I wholeheartedly support reducing taxes on Michigan residents,” Hune said. “This critical piece of legislation will provide broad-based tax relief to families and individuals across the state. I look forward to seeing this bill become law.”

HB 5699 will now go to the governor for his signature.

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Measure to close loophole on synthetic drugs sent to governor

LANSING A measure designed to close a loophole in state law and crack down on synthetic drugs was sent to Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday, said Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township.

“These synthetic drugs are dangerous and should be illegal,” Hune said. “I supported this vital piece of legislation to help ensure that our prosecutors and law enforcement officials have the tools they need to address this growing epidemic.”

Senate Bill 1082 would update Michigan’s law that lists prohibited chemical compounds typically used by synthetic drug manufacturers and further empower local law enforcement to keep up with the ever-changing nature of these dangerous, addictive drugs.

The measure was sponsored to target synthetic drugs similar to “K2” and “bath salts,” which were previously banned but have had their chemicals altered to escape the penalties.

According to Hune, while many particular synthetic drugs are already illegal under Michigan law, the manufacturers of these dangerous drugs simply change the chemical makeup of their compounds in order to skirt state law.

If signed into law, SB 1082 would update the list of schedule-1 controlled substances to include any synthetic chemical compound that mimics the effect of naturally occurring cannabinoids – which are found in cannabis, which is more commonly known as marijuana. The bill also includes synthetic cathinones.

By classifying these synthetic drugs as schedule-1 substances, it means that anyone caught possessing them would face a felony charge punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

Additionally, anyone caught using one of these controlled substances could be found guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of $1,000.

Furthermore, individuals who manufacture, create, deliver or possess with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance would be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to seven years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Individuals who knowingly attempt to sell a product while representing that it contains a prohibited chemical, or a chemical intended to mimic a banned chemical could be found guilty of a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of $20,000.

“I encourage Governor Snyder to sign this bill into law as quickly as possible to help protect our residents from these highly addictive and dangerous substances,” Hune said.

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Closing a loophole to ensure dangerous drugs are illegal

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

The Michigan Senate recently approved a measure designed to provide prosecutors and law enforcement officials with the tools necessary to address the growing issues surrounding synthetic drugs.

The proposed law would close a loophole and help ensure that synthetic drugs are illegal. I supported this important piece of legislation to help protect residents across the state from these dangerous substances.

Senate Bill 1082 would update Michigan’s law that lists prohibited chemical compounds typically used by synthetic drug manufacturers and further empower local law enforcement to keep up with the ever-changing nature of these dangerous, addictive drugs.

The measure was sponsored to target synthetic drugs that are similar to “K2” and “bath salts,” which were previously banned but have had their chemicals altered to escape the penalties.

While many particular synthetic drugs are already illegal under Michigan law, the manufacturers of these dangerous drugs simply change the chemical makeup of their compounds in order to skirt the state law. We need this proposed law on the books as soon as possible.

If signed into law, SB 1082 would update the list of schedule-1 controlled substances to include any synthetic chemical compound that mimics the effect of naturally occurring cannabinoids – which are found in cannabis, which is more commonly known as marijuana.

By classifying these synthetic drugs as schedule-1 substances, it means that anyone caught possessing them would face a felony charge punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

Additionally, anyone caught using one of these controlled substances could be found guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of $1,000.

Furthermore, individuals who manufacture, create, deliver or possess with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance would be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to seven years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Individuals who knowingly attempt to sell a product while representing that it contains a prohibited chemical, or a chemical intended to mimic a banned chemical could be found guilty of a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of $20,000.

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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.