Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton was one of four Michigan facilities that received shipments of tainted steroid medication suspected of causing the meningitis outbreak.
Attorney General Bill Schuette requested a grand jury be convened to investigate whether New England Compounding Center (NECC), broke state laws when it distributed tainted steroid injections to patients in clinics in four Michigan counties, including Livingston. The tainted steroid injections led to an outbreak of fungal meningitis in 20 states. Michigan leads the nation in patients affected by the outbreak, with 259 infections and 14 deaths recorded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Four of the deaths have been Livingston County residents. "Hundreds of Michigan citizens and their families have endured terrible pain and deaths of loved ones suffering from illnesses caused by these tainted steroid injections," Schuette …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Sen. Joe Hune discusses ways to stop adult advertisements from reaching children through email and text.
Tuesday, March 19
A new concern of parents was recently brought to my attention: intrusive, inappropriate advertising on the internet. I have heard of complaints from parents about their kids seeing advertisements that often contain alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through different Internet and cell phone inboxes. Ads like these can be damaging for a small child. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families and schools and can be located at www.ProtectMiChild.com. As a strong supporter of this registry, I would like to …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Superintendent Greg Gray said Brighton the new law does not apply to the Brighton Board of Education.
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg Township, attended a Brighton Area Board of Education meeting Monday night to address Public Act 606 of 2012, also known as the Conflict of Interest law. Hune authored the bill that ensures that a school board member, legal counsel or consultant would have to disclose whether he or she has a conflict of interest and exactly what the conflict is, then abstain from voting. It was one of many bills passed during the Legislature's lame-duck session in December and was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 8. "I think it's good public policy, I think it's the right thing for the taxpayers and ultimately, I think it's the right thing for the children too," Hune said. The new law describes family members as not only spouses …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Michigan is one of four states with a full-time legislature.
State lawmakers are looking at legislation that would change Michigan's politicians from full-time to part time positions. Michigan is one of four states with a full-time legislature; the others are California, Pennsylvania and New York. The bill was introduced by Sen. John Proos (R-St. Joseph) and would limit session days to 90 per year, reported Channel 4 WDIV. Sen. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg Township) said he is in favor of a part-time legislature. "I think I'm one of the handful of few in Lansing that have consistently supported a part-time legislature," Hune said. "The majority of states have a part-time legislature—and many of them with a better economy and a better unemployment rate. All of the numbers that show a better economy than …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Brighton Schools Trustee John Conely addressed the new public act during Monday night's meeting.
Brighton Area School Board Trustee John Conely voiced some concerns over the new conflict of interest act and how it applies to the district during Monday night's meeting. The new act was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder last week. The bill was authored by Sen. Joe Hune and ensures that a school board member, legal counsel or consultant would have to disclose whether he or she has a conflict of interest and exactly what the conflict is. “The bill simply states that if a board member is presumed to have a conflict of interest due to his or her family member having a financial stake in the contract or other financial transaction, that the board member abstain from voting,” Hune said in a press release. "School board members have great …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Data shows $900 of the money comes from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
State Sen. Joe Hune — whose district includes the Brighton and Hartland areas — received more than $1,900 in the form of free meals from lobbyists, ranking him the third highest in the state, according to an article in the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus. The newspaper reported more $900 came from the nonprofit health giant Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Hune, R-Hamburg Township, is the chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee and has opposed a push to make Blue Cross a for-profit. A Hune staffer defended the meals, saying the lawmaker has a busy schedule and people often meet while eating. State Rep. Bill Rogers, R-Brighton, accepted $237 while State Rep. Cindy Denby, R-Handy Township, took none, the paper reported. The Press…