Hune bill addressing commercial vehicle registration sent to governor

For Immediate Release
Sept. 24, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle
517-373-2420

LANSING, Mich.—A measure to eliminate a requirement that commercial vehicles must display the owner’s name on the cab was sent to Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday.

Senate Bill 277, sponsored by Sen. Joe Hune, eliminates a requirement that commercial vehicles weighing more than 5,000 pounds must display the owner’s name on the cab. Wrecker trucks and road service vehicles would still be subject to the mandate.

“This common-sense reform will decrease government bureaucracy while making Michigan even more open to business,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “I am happy to see that this bill was supported so broadly in both the Senate and House and look forward to a speedy signature by the governor.”

Introduced in March 2013, the measure passed the Michigan Senate 38-0 in October of last year.

The measure was passed Tuesday by the Michigan House of Representatives by a vote of 101-7.

 

House committee passes Hune bill placing those who solicit minors on sex offender registry

For Immediate Release
Sept. 10, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle
(517) 373-2420

LANSING, Mich. — On Wednesday the Michigan House of Representatives’ Criminal Justice Committee passed a bill to place anyone trafficking a minor for sex on the sex offender registry as a Tier II offender, said state Sen. Joe Hune.

Senate Bill 602 also makes soliciting a person under 18 for prostitution a Tier I sexual offense requiring registration as a sex offender, and it makes the crime of soliciting a person for prostitution gender neutral.

“Those who solicit a minor are the vilest of criminals, and it’s about time we start treating them as such,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “These criminals are nothing short of sex offenders and should be classified that way.”

SB 602 and companion bill SB 206 are tie-barred to SB 205. SB 205 would make it a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than five years and/or a fine of not more than $10,000 to solicit, accost, or invite – by the payment in money or other forms of consideration – another person who is less than 18 years of age and who is not his or her spouse to commit prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.

The measure now moves to the full House for further consideration.

 

House passes Hune bill placing those who solicit minors on sex offender registry

For Immediate Release
Sept. 10, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle
(517) 373-2420

LANSING, Mich. — On Wednesday the Michigan House of Representatives’ Criminal Justice Committee passed a bill to place anyone trafficking a minor for sex on the sex offender registry as a Tier II offender, said state Sen. Joe Hune.

Senate Bill 602 also makes soliciting a person under 18 for prostitution a Tier I sexual offense requiring registration as a sex offender, and it makes the crime of soliciting a person for prostitution gender neutral.

“Those who solicit a minor are the vilest of criminals, and it’s about time we start treating them as such,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “These criminals are nothing short of sex offenders and should be classified that way.”

SB 602 and companion bill SB 206 are tie-barred to SB 205. SB 205 would make it a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than five years and/or a fine of not more than $10,000 to solicit, accost, or invite – by the payment in money or other forms of consideration – another person who is less than 18 years of age and who is not his or her spouse to commit prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.

The measure now moves to the full House for further consideration.

 

House committee passes Hune bill requiring drug testing for welfare recipients

For Immediate Release
Sept. 10, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle
(517) 373-2420

LANSING, Mich. — On Wednesday the Michigan House of Representatives’ Families, Seniors and Children Committee passed a bill to help ensure public assistance is going to the most needy recipients, not criminals or drug abusers.

In 1996, the federal government enacted the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which established the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Since then, TANF has continuously been abused by those looking to take advantage of the care and support of others, most specifically drug abusers.

Senate Bill 275 would amend the Social Welfare Act to require the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) to establish and administer a pilot program of suspicion-based substance abuse screening and testing for Family Independence Program (FIP) applicants and recipients.

“This common-sense reform will ensure that only the neediest and law-abiding citizens receive aid in the form of our hard-earned tax dollars,” Hune said. “I am pleased by the support the legislation received from the House of Representatives.”

The measure would require the DHS to refer an applicant or recipient to department-designated community mental health entities if it were the first time the individual tested positive for illegal use of a controlled substance.

The costs of administering the test would have to be deducted from the applicant’s or recipient’s FIP payment. The DHS would have to terminate FIP assistance for individuals who either failed to participate in treatment offered by Community mental health entities, failed to test negative a second or subsequent time, or failed submit to required periodic substance abuse testing.

SB 275 is tie-barred to House Bill 4118, and both bills are awaiting consideration by the full House.