Hune introduces resolution to bar illegal aliens from state benefits

For Immediate Release
Jan. 31, 2013

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Hune introduces resolution to bar illegal aliens from state benefits

LANSING, Mich.—On Wednesday Sen. Joe Hune introduced Senate Joint Resolution K, which would propose an amendment to the Michigan Constitution to prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving public assistance from the state of Michigan.

“Michigan is among many states that are being inundated with illegal immigrants,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “The very least we can do is to make sure that these illegals receive no assistance from our state at the expense of our taxpayer dollars.”

State taxpayers spend nearly $1 billion annually for services for illegal immigrants, such as healthcare, education, welfare, jails and human services.

Under President Obama’s plan, announced in June, illegal aliens up to 30 years old who entered the U.S. as kids (so-called “dreamers”) won’t get deported but will be granted work permits and a chance at American citizenship.

“The federal government has failed Michigan in the ongoing threat posed by illegal immigrants,” Hune said. “The president’s plan is not strong enough in enforcing reforms to immigration, and it’s time we make sure our tax money is spent wisely, on Michiganders.”

SJR K has been referred to the Senate Committee on Families, Seniors and Human Services.
 
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Sen. Hune supports ‘Go Red for Women’ event at Capitol

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Jan. 30, 2013

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Sen. Hune supports ‘Go Red for Women’ event at Capitol

LANSING— The Michigan Senate adopted a resolution last week declaring February as “Heart Health Awareness Month” in Michigan.

The resolution was part of the “Go Red for Women” kickoff event that took place in Lansing.

“I, like many Michiganders, have known many people affected by heart disease,” said Hune, R-Hamburg.” Go Red for Women is a worthy cause and I was happy to see my colleague, Senator Schuitmaker, spearhead the effort.”

Women die of heart disease at a rate of 41 per day in the United States, making it the leading cause of death for women.

Hune said the Go Red for Women event will do a great service in bringing awareness to the plight of women fighting this terrible disease. Knowing the signs and symptoms of heart attacks is crucial to having a positive outcome.

Heart attack symptoms include shortness of breath, uncomfortable pressure, and squeezing or pain in the chest or upper body.

Although risk factors for heart disease such as age, family health history and race cannot be avoided, other risks such as cigarette smoking, inactivity and obesity are completely manageable.

For more information about Go Red for Women and heart disease, please visit www.goredforwomen.org.

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Hune welcomes John Taylor to 2013 State of the State address in Lansing

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Jan. 17, 2013

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Hune welcomes John Taylor to 2013 State of the State address in Lansing

LANSING, Mich.— Sen. Joe Hune (left), R-Hamburg, welcomes John Taylor to the Capitol for Gov. Rick Snyder’s third State of the State address. Taylor is the current chair of the Washtenaw Republican Party. Snyder covered topics ranging from employment to court reforms.

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Hune welcomes Dawn and Steve Horton to 2013 State of the State address in Lansing

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Jan. 17, 2013

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Hune welcomes Dawn and Steve Horton to 2013 State of the State address in Lansing

LANSING, Mich.— Sen. Joe Hune (middle), R-Hamburg, welcomes Dawn and Steve Horton to the Capitol for Gov. Rick Snyder’s third State of the State address Wednesday. The Hortons both report for the Fowlerville News and Views, Hune’s hometown paper. Snyder covered topics ranging from employment to court reforms.

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Hune welcomes Sam Burwell to 2013 State of the State address in Lansing

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Jan. 17, 2013

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Hune welcomes Sam Burwell to 2013 State of the State address in Lansing

 
LANSING, Mich.— Sen. Joe Hune (left), R-Hamburg, welcomes Sam Burwell to the Capitol for Gov. Rick Snyders’s third State of the State address. Burwell is the former chair of the Shiawassee Republican Party. Snyder covered topics ranging from employment to court reforms.
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Hune comments on the 2013 State of the State address

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Jan. 16, 2013

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Hune comments on State of the State address

LANSING, Mich.—On Wednesday night Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, issued the statement below following Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address.
“Governor Snyder’s State of the State address has painted a clear picture both of our accomplishments thus far and what he expects in 2013. For the third year in a row, progress was reported.

“Reinventing Michigan has been a top priority for the Legislature and has resulted in the 6th fastest-growing gross domestic product in the country. While Michigan has seen an impressive rebound, there is a lot more work to be done.

“The goals for the 2013 legislative session will not change. We will be focused on the most efficient and responsible means by which to operate our government and hope to improve on the more than $2,000 we saved each Michigander by ushering in retirement reform, as well as the nearly half a billion dollar increase in our Rainy Day Fund

“Michigan is well on the way to becoming an exemplary model for other states in our great nation and I believe with Governor Snyder’s leadership we can continue to make Michigan the poster-child for other states.”

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Hune given Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association Appreciation Award

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Jan. 14, 2013

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Hune given Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association Appreciation Award

LANSING, Mich.—On Saturday night Sen. Joe Hune and Rep. Kevin Daley each received the Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association (MHHA) Appreciation Award for all of their hard work on behalf of the organization.

Cheers rang out when Brent Boyd, president of the Michigan Harness Horseman Association, presented both legislators with this well-deserved award for their efforts in helping all of Michigan’s horsemen maintain a foothold in the state.

Last year Sen. Hune, R-Hamburg, introduced Senate Bill 1075 while Rep. Daley, R-Lum, introduced House Bill 5546. The nearly identical measures would have updated current Michigan harness horse racing laws to reflect how the industry operates and is regulated today. The legislation unfortunately met a pocket veto from Gov. Snyder in Lansing. A pocket veto allows for an elected official to exercise veto power by not acting on a bill at all.

“The news of the pocket veto by Governor Snyder was unfortunate but it does not deter our resolve to make certain the harness horse racing industry not only survives, but thrives in Michigan,” said Hune. “The new legislative session brings with it new opportunities to help this industry that is near and dear to me.”

The 97th Michigan Legislature began on January.

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Column: Perfect Voting Record

Jan. 3, 2013

Perfect Voting Record
By Sen. Joe Hune

I am honored to join Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights, as being the only two senators with a perfect voting record for the 96th Legislature at 1,141 total record roll-call votes taken, with zero votes missed.

The 96th Legislature, which ran from January 2011 through December 2012, had the best voting record since the statistic has been tracked.

I am pleased to hear that the 96th Legislature has lived up to their constituents’ expectations and were present to vote as often as possible. Our constituents elect us to represent them in Lansing, and in doing so, to vote on their behalf whenever a vote comes up.

Fifty members of the 110-member House had perfect voting records for the last session, well more than the number of perfect voters in the last five sessions combined.

I hope that the 97th Legislature can live up to the precedent set by us this past session and we can continue to properly represent our respective districts.

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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.
 

Governor signs Hune bill solving conflict of interest issue among school board members

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Jan. 10, 2013

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Governor signs Hune bill solving conflict of interest issue among school board members

LANSING, Mich.—Senate Bill 1051, a measure to prevent a school board member from voting when there is a conflict of interest, was signed into law Wednesday.

Public Act 606 of 2012, authored by Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, ensures that a board member or a 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 exactly what the conflict of interest is.

Hune said Wednesday that he was excited to see that the governor signed the bill to help safeguard the integrity of our school boards.

“This bill makes sure there are proper safeguards established in our schools so as not to enter into a conflict of interest,” 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 transactions when their family members are employees of the school district have been building for some time now.
 
A public school academy board member is currently prohibited from serving if a family member is an employee of the district.

“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 abstain from voting,” Hune said.

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Hune has perfect voting record

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Jan. 3, 2013                                                   (517) 373-2420

Hune has perfect voting record

LANSING, Mich.— State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, joined Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights, as the only senators with a perfect voting record for the 96th Legislature at 1,141 total record roll-call votes taken, with zero votes missed.

The 96th Legislature, which ran from January 2011 through December 2012, had the best voting record since the statistic has been tracked.

“I am pleased to hear that the 96th Legislature has lived up to their constituents’ expectations and were present to vote as often as possible,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “Our constituents elect us to represent them in Lansing, and in doing so, to vote on their behalf whenever a vote comes up.”

Fifty members of the 110-member House had perfect voting records for the last session, well more than the number of perfect voters in the last five sessions combined.

“I hope that the 97th Legislature can live up to the precedent set by us this past session and we can continue to properly represent our respective districts,” Hune said.

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