Hune presented with Distinguished Service Award

Sen. Joe Hune received the Distinguished Service Award Tuesday night from the Michigan Business and Professional Organization (MBPA) and the Michigan Food and Beverage Association (MFBA).

The MBPA and the MFBA gave their annual award to Hune for his “dedicated commitment and service on behalf of small business, diversity issues, and concerns for food safety.”

“I am honored to be presented with this award,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “These organizations represent well over 100,000 employees in this great state and I am happy that I could do my part to address issues that may make their jobs better.”

 

Hune welcomes the Rev. Dr. Douglas Levesque to state Capitol

Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, welcomes the Rev. Dr. Douglas Levesque (right) to the Michigan Senate. Levesque is the senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Corunna. Levesque delivered the invocation before Senate session.

Editor’s note: For a print-quality version of this and other photos of Hune, visit his website at www.senatorjoehune.com and click the Photowire link.

 

Hune demands LARA fine NECC

Sen. Joe Hune on Thursday demanded the department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) use their authority to fine the New England Compounding Center (NECC) for the use of its tainted steroids.

The NECC produced the contaminated steroid shots known to be the cause of the fungal meningitis outbreak in many states, including Michigan.

Reports as of May 13, 2013, indicated the total number of fungal meningitis infections resulting from the NECC is up to 262 total cases, including 16 deaths in Michigan. Several of these deaths have taken place in the 22nd District.

“I once again call on LARA to use their authority and take action,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “I would like to see LARA fine the NECC to the fullest extent of their authority. This is a necessary and imperative action to ensure the safety of the citizens of the great state of Michigan.”

Public Act 368 of 1978 grants the department the authority to investigate activities, hold hearings and order the taking of testimony of its licensees.  A report of its findings is then sent to a disciplinary subcommittee.  If the subcommittee finds a violation of general duty, consisting of negligence or failure to exercise due care, NCCC could be fined up to $250,000.  Criminal charges are also available under the act.

“There is absolutely no doubt that Michigan should take action to file criminal charges against the NECC,” Hune said. “I hope that we, through LARA, can bring some sort of justice to the victims of the NECC and their neglectful manufacture of this product.

“The safety of families across the 22nd Senate District and the entire state of Michigan is a top priority.”

Column: It’s that time of year again! Fowlerville Farmer’s Market

By Sen. Joe Hune

With warm spring weather finally arriving, I want to take a minute to remind everyone of the Fowlerville Farmer’s Market.

The farmer’s market held its grand opening on May 3. The market will run from May to October on Fridays from 3 to 7 .pm.

The market has become completely revitalized in large part due to the new director of the market, Nadia Freeman. She has worked tirelessly to increase the number of vendors that will participate.

The market offers a wide variety of produce, crafts, baked goods and more. This fixture of Fowlerville offers area residents the ability to interact with each other, enjoy the weather and support our local economy.

Special events and products available at the market will include, but not be limited to:
• Gluten-free baked goods;
• UP pasties;
• Gourmet food vendors;
• Seasonal produce;
• Jewelry, hand-made baskets, health and wellness goods;
• History of Fowlerville book; and
• Ford Revelation Day on May 17.

The Fowlerville Farmers Market will be open, rain or shine, at its location at the DDA lot, 204 W. Grand River, Fowlerville.

Residents questions or vendors looking for more information on participating, may contact Nadia Freeman at 517-294-6088, or ‘like’ them on Facebook.

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.