Hune continues to save state of Michigan money

For Immediate Release                   
Dec. 17, 2012                                

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Hune continues to save state of Michigan money

LANSING, Mich.—In a move to further cut spending in Michigan, Sen. Joe Hune reported Monday that he has given 100 percent of his committee budget back to the state.

Each senator on a committee is allotted an allowance per year for travel reimbursement, including gas and food, as well as other miscellaneous expenses. Senators are not required to use these funds and Sen. Hune, R-Hamburg, has opted to give his back to the state to help alleviate some fiscal stress.

“As chair of three Senate committees it is my duty to demonstrate true fiscal responsibility,” said Hune, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Senate Insurance and Senate Redistricting committees. “The state of Michigan cannot keep spending money like the economy will magically rebound. Yes, our state’s financial outlook is improving, but that follows the difficult, yet responsible decisions we made this year and last to rein in spending.”

This is not the first year Sen. Hune has given back his committee budget. In 2011 Hune also declined to use his allotted amount and it too was given back.

“It is important that every entity of our government operate within its means,” said Hune. “We are setting an important precedent for the state, other committees and state legislators.

“I am committed to doing my part to help reduce the cost of government, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to get Michigan back on the path to financial prosperity.”

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Column: Holiday events

Dec. 13, 2012

Holiday events
By Sen. Joe Hune

The holiday season is upon us here in Southeast Michigan. Fortunately, we are blessed to live within communities that enjoy celebrating the occasion. I’d like to bring your attention to several community events taking place in the district in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday you have the opportunity to surprise your children in the third grade or younger by having Santa call from the North Pole. The calls will be made Tuesday, Dec. 18 or Thursday, Dec. 20 between 6 and 8 p.m. Call 517-546-0693 ext. 0 for more details.

In Brighton, the High School bands will perform their annual Holiday Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature all four high school bands, including the Concert Band, Symphony Band, Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble. The performance will be held at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts, and there is no admission charge.

On Saturday, the Hamburg firefighters will be helping the Salvation Army and their annual Red Kettle Campaign from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hamburg Kroger located on Chilson Road in Pinckney.

I hope everyone has a chance to spend some much-needed time with their loved ones this holiday season and are able to partake in some of the numerous events we have available to us this great time of year.

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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.

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Hune bill to solve conflict of interest issue among school board members passes Senate

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Dec. 14, 2012

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Hune bill to solve conflict of interest issue among school board members passes Senate

LANSING, Mich.—Senate Bill 1051, a measure to prevent a school board member from voting when there is a conflict of interest, passed the state Senate Friday with overwhelming support.

The legislation, authored by Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, ensures that a board member or  legal counsel or consultant to a school district, intermediate school district or public school academy would also have to disclose whether he or she has a conflict of interest and specify what the conflict is.

“This bill will make sure there are proper safeguards are established in our schools in order to avoid conflicts,” said Hune. “School board members have great responsibility in their positions, and we must make sure that only fair judgments and votes can be cast without outside forces affecting their decision.”

Mounting concerns over local school board members voting on financial matters when their family members are employees of the school district have been building for some time now.

“The bill simply states that if a board member is presumed to have a conflict of interest due to his or her family member having a financial stake in the contract or other financial transaction, that the board member abstains from voting,” Hune said.

SB 1051 now awaits the governor’s signature.

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Hune requests MDCH pull license of suspected fungal meningitis originator

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Dec. 3, 2012        
                                                                                
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Hune requests MDCH pull license of suspected fungal meningitis originator

LANSING, Mich.—On Monday the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) announced yet another fungal meningitis case, bringing number of cases in Michigan to 197 and 13 deaths.

Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, has urged the department to suspend the license of the suspected culprit. Hune has called on MDCH to suspend the license of the New England Compounding Center (NECC), which produced the contaminated steroid shots thought to be the cause of the outbreak.

“I once again demand the license be revoked,” said Hune. “I would like to see the department investigate this wrongdoing so we can prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”

As of Wednesday, there have been 68 meningitis cases, 115 epidural abscesses, one stroke and 13 joint infections. The total of 197 infections is up from 196 in this weekend’s count.

In October an order of summary suspension, filed by Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette, was sent to the Bureau of Health Professions director. Upon its signature, this order will suspend the NECC’s license immediately, forcing the company to cease its operations in Michigan.

There are also numerous pending lawsuits against the pharmacy.

“With nearly 20 lawsuits against them, it’s irresponsible for the New England Compounding Center to keep their doors open amid this outbreak,” Hune said.

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