Column: Hunting Safety

October 23, 2013

By Sen. Joe Hune

Hunting is a favorite tradition and pastime of many Michigan families.

With an abundance of game animals and birds, Michigan attracts more hunters than any other state because our great outdoors offer something to interest every hunter.

Safe hunting begins with hunter education, which has had a dramatic impact on reducing hunting incidents in Michigan. Hunting is safe and getting safer!

Thankfully Michigan’s hunting season in 2012 was the safest in the last several years. In fact, during the last five years hunting incidents have been cut by more than half.

To help ensure a safe season, hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1960 are required to complete a hunter education course before buying a Michigan hunting license or taking an out-of-state hunting trip. Exceptions include youths under age 10 hunting under a mentored youth hunting license or sportsmen hunting with an apprentice license.

There are three types of hunter education courses allowed in Michigan – a traditional classroom, a home-study and a state–approved online course that can be taken in a few hours.

The next courses offered in person are Nov. 11, 12, 13 and 14 at the Marion Township Hall, 2877 W. Coon Lake Road., Howell. Feel free to call the Township Hall for specific class times at 517-546-1588.

For more information about hunter education or for more details about one of the area classes, please visit: www.michigan.gov/huntereducation. 

As always, feel free to contact my office at 1-855-JOE-HUNE, or email us at SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov. My staff will be happy to assist you.

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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.

 

Column: Truths about fracking

By Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg
October 10, 2013

With the recent talk of natural gas exploration in Northwestern Livingston County, I would like to provide you with some facts about the practice provided to me by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

The DEQ exists to protect the environment and public health by regulating industrial activity that may impact air, water and soil. The DEQ monitors gas and oil production in Michigan as well. The DEQ claims confidence in its ability to protect the public and allow the gas and oil industry to continue developing local energy sources.

Fracking works by pumping a mixture of water, sand and a small amount of chemicals into an oil or gas formation deep underground and applies pressure. The pressure fractures rock layers, releasing oil or gas reserves. The sand holds the fractures open to continue allowing the oil or gas to flow into the well.

Furthermore, state regulators have been studying fracking for five decades. As the lead regulatory agency in Michigan. The department claims that with over 12,000 wells in Michigan, there has not been one incident to date.

Most of the concerns that I have heard about fracking have quite understandably been environmental and health damages it may cause.

If you feel that there is any sort of leak or other wrongdoing, please feel free to contact the DEQ’s Pollution Emergency Alerting System at 810-292-4706. For more facts about fracking in Michigan, please visit www.Michigan.gov/DEQ. As always, feel free to contact my office at 1-855-JOE-HUNE, or email us at SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov. Our office will be happy to assist you.

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.
 

Column: American Conservative Union Award

By Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg
July 25, 2013

I am proud to announce that I received the “Defender of Liberty” award from the American Conservative Union (ACU) this week.
 

I am quite proud of my strong conservative voting record while serving in Lansing. To be acknowledged for it, while not necessary, was very humbling. Tough votes are being made that are paramount in order to ensure the future of our state, and I am happy that these choices are appreciated.
 

Defenders of Liberty are legislators who fulfill ACU’s core principles and conservative values with respect to the Constitution. By scoring a perfect 100 on ACU’s 2013 State Legislative Ratings, I was again recognized by this great group of patriots- one of only three legislators in Michigan so honored.
 

I have always been proud of my conservative voting record, but more importantly, I believe my district is also proud of this consistent record. The residents of the 22nd Senate District continue to seek conservative solutions and limited government.
 

The ACU is America’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization. Founded in 1964, ACU represents the views of Americans who are concerned with economic growth through lower taxes, reduced government spending and the issues of liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values and national security.
 

To view publications, such as the 2013 ACU State Legislative Ratings Guide, visit www.conservative.org.

As always, feel free to contact my office at 1-855-JOE-HUNE, or email us at SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov. My staff will be happy to assist you.
 

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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.