Sen. Hune supports sexual assault legislation

Senator Joe Hune

Senator Joe Hune

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would help legally address sexual assault charges and allow for extended protections against abuse in the state of Michigan.

“This topic is something that I and all of my colleagues in the Senate feel strongly about,” said Hune, R-Fowlerville. “The intention of this legislation is to protect our children from future abuse and to bring justice to those who have suffered abuse in the past. No child should have to deal with the emotional hardship of criminal sexual conduct.”

Senate Bills 871-880 would expand numerous existing laws and create new legal protections. The bills would allow prosecutors to bring charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against a minor, no matter when the act of abuse occurred. The bills would also allow charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct against a minor up to the survivor’s 48th birthday, or within 30 years of an accused being identified by DNA evidence.

The bills would also allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to remain publicly anonymous when bringing a claim in the Michigan Court of Claims.

In addition to legal protections, the bill also would expand mandatory reporting requirements to include sports coaches, athletic trainers and college professors. If an employee fails to report such crimes, they could face a felony charge with up to two years imprisonment, a $5,000 fine, or both. A volunteer serving in one of these positions who fails to report abuse would face a misdemeanor of up to one year in jail, or a $1,000 fine, or both.

The legislation now heads to the House for further consideration.


Sen. Hune weekly update: Hune supports small cell technology

Sen. Joe Hune

Sen. Joe Hune

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Joe Hune voted last week to advance out of the Senate Energy and Technology Committee a series of bills related to small cell technology.

The bills clarify important issues regarding access and right of way accountability so utilities and wireless providers can confidently begin the process of permitting for 5G technology installations throughout the state.

5G is an emerging technology that will offer internet speeds orders of magnitude faster than current technologies. In a world with ever-increasing demands for data, 5G is hailed as the next big step in wireless customer connectivity.

“5G doesn’t use the giant towers that other cellular technology does,” said Hune, R-Fowlerville. “Instead it will require many smaller towers — called cells — to communicate the data throughout the network. Because of this, installation is expensive and complex. The bills I supported help to clarify the installation process for these new cells to make sure the communications companies are given an equal and fair chance to access limited right of way resources.”

The bills are intended to lay the groundwork for smooth permitting and encourage the growth of 5G technology throughout the state. Hune stressed that innovation-friendly policies that help deploy technologies like this will bring greater economic investment to Michigan communities and will make our wireless infrastructure a competitive front-runner among neighboring states.

“This would be a huge benefit for home consumers and for companies,” Hune said. “Investing in the cutting-edge technologies today will keep Michigan a competitive place to do business into the future. We’ve been working hard to get this legislation right, and I’m very pleased with the results.”