Column: It’s time for the Fowlerville Fair!

By Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg
July 17, 2014

With summer in full swing, one of our district’s most popular events is right around the corner. I would like to draw everyone’s attention to the 2014 Fowlerville Fair.

The Fowlerville Fair, July 21-26, has welcomed the public since the creation in 1886 of the nonprofit Fowlerville Agricultural Society. Events include Ladies Day, harness horse racing, 4-H livestock auction, the Homemaker of the Year Award, and the crowning of the 2014 Fowlerville Family Fair Queen.

The Fair is one of my favorite events of the year. Particularly, I like the 4-H livestock auction, which I attend every year and have taken part in since being a youngster. Your bids on this prized livestock helps support the kids of the 4-H, whose slogan is to “learn by doing.”

This is also a great event for families. Kid’s Day is Wednesday when the Midway (the section with all of those carnival rides we love) opens.

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to live in 19th Century Livingston County? This year the fair invites you to visit the “historical village” consisting of historical buildings from the local area located in the back of the fairgrounds. The buildings will be available for viewing in the afternoons during the fair with representatives from the Society that can give information on donating to the restoration and becoming involved in the effort.

The public is welcome to the fair and admission for adults is $6, $5 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12 and FREE for those 5 and under. The F.A.S. Campground is located at the north end of the Fowlerville Family Fairgrounds. Rates are $15 per night for “rustic camping,” $20 for camps with water & electric and $25 for campsites with full power and water hook-ups.

More info on the fair can be found at www.fowlervillefamilyfair.com/index.html and comprehensive list of events can be found at www.fowlervillefamilyfair.com/events.html
and as always feel free to contact my office at 1-855-JOE-HUNE, or email us at SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov and 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.

Hune bills addressing recent fungal-meningitis-tainted steroids signed by governor

For Immediate Release
July 15, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle
517-373-2420

LANSING, Mich.—Measures to reform pharmacy licensing methods when a public health risk was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Public Acts 279 and 280 of 2014, sponsored by Sen. Joe Hune, give the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) the ability to immediately suspend a pharmacy license when there is an imminent risk to public health, safety or welfare.

“After the tainted fungal meningitis steroid shots that were distributed by the New England Compounding Center affected so many families in our state, this legislation was created to hold people accountable for such incompetence,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “I’m happy Governor Snyder signed this important piece of legislation and brought relief to many.”

The new laws require that all pharmacies have a “pharmacist-in-charge” who is licensed and responsible for ensuring the pharmacy follows state laws and regulations. They also require pharmacists to keep better records of compound sterile pharmaceuticals in the same manner and for the same retention period as prescribed for other prescription records.

 

Get out and enjoy our lakes!

By Sen. Joe Hune
5/28/2014

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is enjoy one of the thousands of lakes we have right here in Michigan. I spend a good amount of time on boats and fishing in our many lakes and rivers, and I take advantage of all that the water has to offer our great state.

One is often reminded that in Michigan, you are never more than six miles from a lake or stream or a short drive from one of our magnificent Great Lakes. There are few better ways to enjoy summers.

Along with providing outdoor adventure, boating and fishing contribute billions of dollars to the state economy. Spending your vacation dollars here in our great state also helps keep countless family businesses and communities afloat.

June 7-14 marks Michigan Boating Week, an annual celebration of the pastime we love so much. Michigan Boating Week is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Michigan Waterways Commission and the Michigan Boating Industries Association. The weeklong campaign offers many opportunities to get started boating, get back onboard or learn some new skills to use on the water.

With that in mind, I would like to make everyone aware of some free guides available to boaters and fishermen of Michigan to help them safely enjoy our lakes this summer.

The guides provide legislative news–including our work to keep Michigan waterways accessible in light of low water levels safety tips and other resources.

The guides can be found under the “Publications” tab at www.SenatorJoeHune.com or call the office at 855-JOE-HUNE. Furthermore, an in-depth guide to Michigan’s boating laws and regulations can be found at www.boat-ed.com/michigan.

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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.

SCOTUS ruling a relief from burdensome Obamacare

July 7, 2014

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

I was relieved to hear that the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in favor of employers with religious objections being able to opt out of providing contraception coverage under Obamacare. 

One of America’s founding principles is religious liberty, rooted in the belief that the government does not have the power infringe upon your religious convictions.

I applaud the Supreme Court for their decision, and standing up for protecting constitutional religious rights in America by ensuring that health care providers are not forced to do or buy something that is against their personal religious beliefs.

Obamacare has been imposing a mandate on employers and religious institutions to buy insurance benefits that violate their beliefs.

That's why I was in support of legislation that will help protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Michigan families while ensuring people can still receive quality health care when necessary.

Last year I co-sponsored Senate Bill 136, which establishes the Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection Act in Michigan. The bill allows an individual or health care entity to assert a conscientious objection to a specific health care service without fear of repercussion. Discrimination is prohibited, and appropriate safeguards would protect people in emergency situations.

Every day I will continue to fight for real health care reform that gives Americans more health care choices and protects their rights.

As always, please feel free to email my office at SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov or dial toll-free at
855-JOE-HUNE and my staff will be happy to assist you.

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Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture and Insurance Committees. 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.

Reform of pharmaceutical licensing signed by Governor

For Immediate Release
July 2, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle
517-373-2420

LANSING, Mich.—In the wake of the recent fungal meningitis outbreak due to tainted steroids, measures to reform pharmacy licensing methods when a public health risk is present was signed by Gov. Snyder Wednesday.

Senate Bills 704 and 904, sponsored by Sen. Joe Hune, give the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) the ability to immediately suspend a pharmacy license when there is an imminent risk to public health, safety or welfare.

“I am glad to see this legislation approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor. Following the New England Compounding Center’s grave mistake by distributing tainted steroid shots, it is important we hold people accountable,” Hune said. “While this does not fix what has happened to so many Michigan families, it will certainly help prevent such incompetence from happening again.”

Senate Bill 704 becomes Public Act 280 of 2014 while SB 904 becomes PA 279 of 2014.