**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Dale Zorn welcomes area fire chief to Capitol

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Fire Chief Carl Arnold to the Michigan Senate on Thursday. Arnold is a veteran of the Ida Township (Michigan) Fire Department and serves currently as fire chief for the Spencer Township (Ohio) Fire Department. He was at the Capitol to testify before the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee in support of Zorn’s legislation to provide firefighter certification reciprocity to a firefighter from another state, as long as the individual was certified in the other state after completing a program that meets or exceeds Michigan’s standards.

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Senate approves Zorn resolution urging safe, permanent nuclear spent fuel storage

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved Sen. Dale Zorn’s resolution calling for the completion of federal facilities for safe storage of spent nuclear fuel.

“We need a safe, permanent waste storage site that is not on the shores of the Great Lakes,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Over the last 30 years, the nuclear power industry and its customers have paid the federal government more than $31 billion to construct a permanent repository for nuclear waste, and yet the federal government has failed American families and electrical ratepayers.”

Senate Concurrent Resolution 8, sponsored by Zorn, urge the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to fulfill their obligation to establish a permanent repository for high-level nuclear waste.

In 1982, Congress passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act requiring the federal government to follow a strict timeline for building a permanent repository for high-level radioactive waste from the nation’s nuclear power plants. According to the act, the repository should have started accepting waste by 1998.

In 2002, President Bush and Congress approved Yucca Mountain in Nevada as the site of a safe nuclear waste repository for the U.S.

“The failure of the federal government to open a repository according to the law puts at risk the security of nuclear waste and the safety of our population within our local communities,” Zorn said. “The time is now to send a message to our leaders in Washington D.C. that they need to live up to their responsibility to open a permanent repository for high-level nuclear waste.

“The Nuclear Waste Fund contains more than enough money to pay for this site, and I believe we are standing up for all Michigan residents by urging completion of the site.”

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Sen. Zorn applauds public safety communications cost savings

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn announced on Monday that the 36 Monroe County public safety agencies that use the Michigan Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS) will see savings due to a recent restructuring of the system’s subscriber user fee.

“I was happy to work with Director Stoddard and the state on a solution to reduce the financial strain on local public safety radio users and help them stay focused on keeping our communities safe,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I applaud the new policy, which will result in significant cost savings for the three dozen county agencies who use the system for communication to emergency first responders.

“This will keep more than $240,000 in Monroe County alone, in the hands of police, fire and other county services, rather than sending it off to a Lansing bureaucracy.”

The MPSCS provides a stable, secure framework for interoperable communications among local, state, federal, tribal and private first responders and supplies a public safety communication resource for residents. It is monitored 24 hours a day to ensure its readiness to assist Michigan’s first responders.

The MPSCS Director Bradley Stoddard recently announced that subscribers will no longer be charged a semiannual per-radio subscriber fee. Now, a standard, one-time radio subscriber fee of $250 per radio will be applied at the activation of a new or replaced radio on the MPSCS.

“This is an important step in the evolution of the MPSCS’s state-of-the-art radio system. With the restructured subscriber fee policy, there is a recognition of the smallest user agencies, and this makes available total interoperable communications for all users,” said Alan D. Frank, director of the Monroe County Central Dispatch. “For Monroe County, the real benefits are in the cost avoidance in the future as our original user credits were set to expire and do not limit full interoperable communications for all user agencies.  I believe it presents opportunity for system growth as other areas of the state evaluate the services offered by the MPSCS.”

Monroe County’s reduction is estimated at about $96,400 annually for the sheriff’s office, health department, youth center, emergency management, central dispatch and the road commission.

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Zorn applauds grant to Morenci to help train workers for $22.7 million private investment project

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn announced on Wednesday that the city of Morenci will be able to help provide necessary job training for a local expansion project thanks to a recently approved state grant.

“This grant will help Morenci attract new jobs and more than $22 million in economic investment to the community,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “It is outstanding news for the people of Morenci, and I applaud the local leaders for working together with state officials and KAMCO Industries to make this expansion and invaluable training opportunity possible. I also want to thank KAMCO for making a multi-million-dollar commitment to Michigan.”

The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) awarded Morenci $250,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for job training needed for a KAMCO Industries expansion project, which will generate $22.7 million in private investment and create 60 jobs.

KAMCO Industries was established in 1987 in West Unity, Ohio and specializes in injection molding for the auto industry and supplies customers throughout the U.S. The company plans to acquire and move into a building in Morenci that will allow room for future expansion.

“Due to the hard work and cooperation among local, state and company officials, Michigan was chosen over Ohio for this project,” Zorn said. “As a result, area residents will see a vital investment into their community and the creation of well-paying jobs.”

The city of Morenci is expected to contribute a property tax abatement valued at $257,000.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, on behalf of the MSF, administers the CDBG program, which utilizes funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Zorn welcomes local dysautonomia patients, parents and advocates to Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale W. Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed local residents with dysautonomia, their families and awareness advocates to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Zorn presented them with a copy of his resolution commemorating October as Dysautonomia Awareness Month in the state of Michigan. Senate Resolution 94 was adopted by the Michigan Senate on Sept. 29. For more information about dysautonomia, residents can visit www.dinet.org.

Pictured seated is Kim Pearch, a Monroe resident with dysautonomia who worked with Zorn on the resolution. Pictured standing from left: Zorn; postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome patient Meagan Tucker of Howell; Kelly Tucker, Meagan’s mother and executive director of Dysautonomia Information Network; Billie Riggs of Monroe; and Daveaux Riggs, Billie’s daughter and a neurocardiogenic syncope patient.

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**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Zorn welcomes Robert Taylor to Capitol for Senate invocation

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Robert Taylor of Tecumseh to the state Capitol on Tuesday. Taylor attends Grace Point Evangelical Free Church in Adrian and delivered the invocation before Senate session.

Editor’s note: The above photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting Zorn’s website at www.SenatorDaleZorn.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

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Zorn bill would expand EX-POW specialty license plate to motorcycles

LANSING, Mich. – Former prisoners of war (POWs) would be able to purchase a specialty license plate for their motorcycles if legislation introduced by Sen. Dale Zorn on Thursday becomes law.

“Michigan’s former members of the U.S. armed forces who were prisoners of war served our nation with honor through some of the most harrowing of experiences,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Offering them an opportunity to purchase a specialty motorcycle license plate in addition to passenger vehicles as a way to mark those experiences is the least we can do and a way for us to show them our gratitude.”

Under Senate Bill 568, both ex-POWs and their spouses would be eligible to purchase the motorcycle plate from the secretary of state as they can currently for passenger vehicles. The plates would bear special “EX-POW” identification and would also be inscribed with the words “Ex-Prisoner of War” beneath the plate’s numbers.

The regular $23 registration fee would be waived for the EX-POW motorcycle plate, and individuals would only be charged $5 for the plate itself.

SB 568 was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee for consideration.

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Sen. Dale W. Zorn tells panel about need for a safe, permanent nuclear waste repository

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Regarding his resolution urging the federal government to complete a permanent repository for high-level nuclear waste, Sen. Dale W. Zorn, R-Ida, made the following remarks to the Senate Energy and Technology Committee:

“Chairman Nofs and members of the committee, thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak before you today. Senate Concurrent Resolution 8 is a resolution to urge the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to fulfill their obligation to establish a permanent repository for high-level nuclear waste.

“While nuclear generation has been a significant source for the nation’s electric production, it has for the past sixty years produced high level nuclear waste that continues to be stored in local communities. Over 70,000 metric tons are stored in 131 local communities throughout the nation, including Michigan.

“Some nuclear plants like Palisades in southwestern Michigan, and Fermi in southeast Michigan have exhausted their spent fuel capacity and are using above ground dry fuel storage casts or pools for temporary storage.

“Scientists from the United States and around the world have determined that an underground repository is a feasible and safe method for disposing of high level nuclear wastes.

“The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) released the final two volumes of the Safety Evaluation Report on Yucca Mountain at the beginning of this year.

“The commission evaluated the Yucca Mountain site both as a permanent repository for spent nuclear fuel and as a repository for high-level radioactive waste.

“Their evaluation supported that Yucca Mountain could effectively serve as a geologic repository for over 1 million years. This review also included an assessment on protecting public health, safety and the environment over that extended period.

“The Nuclear Waste Act was enacted 1982 to provide a deep geological isolation of spent nuclear fuel and was to begin accepting spent fuel by 1998.

“A funding method mandated by the act has collected over $31 billion from electric ratepayers throughout the nation, including $810 million from the electrical ratepayers in Michigan to pay for the construction of a repository.

“It is now 2015 — thirty-three years later — and the president and Congress have failed to open a repository that will store nuclear waste safely and securely.

“The failure of the federal government to open a repository according to the Nuclear Waste Act has compromised the security of nuclear waste and the safety of our population within our local communities.

“In 2002, the federal government came close to meeting their obligation to establish a permanent repository when then Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham recommended to President George Bush to proceed with the development of the Yucca Mountain repository, it was stopped by President Obama. And again, the federal government failed American families and electrical ratepayers.

“Honorable colleagues, I submit to you, in a time of renewable energy, by storing this waste safely and securely, that someday, maybe not in my lifetime, but someday there will be a purpose found to reuse this waste. Whether it be in industry or medical care, we will be able go in and retrieve it, and reuse it. To me, that is renewable energy.

“After three decades of failure, I call on your support to press the president and Congress to accept its responsibility to establish a permanent repository that will remove nuclear waste from our local communities, and store it in a safe and secure federal facility.

“I request your support of Senate Concurrent Resolution 8.”

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Senate approves Zorn’s firefighter certification bill

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to provide firefighter certification reciprocity with states that have the same certification as Michigan.

“I have heard from many fire chiefs and local officials about how difficult and expensive it is to recruit and retain firemen in our local fire departments,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Part of the problem is that Michigan currently does not recognize out-of-state firefighter certification. This legislation will improve our local fire departments ability to protect families and staff their departments at appropriate levels.”

“This bill will also reduce the cost of certification and help people returning to Michigan serve as volunteers or find work as full-time firefighters.”

Senate Bill 372 would require the state fire marshal to extend reciprocity certification to a firefighter from another state who seeks to work as a firefighter in Michigan, as long as the individual was certified in the other state after completing a program that meets or exceeds Michigan’s standards.

“This proposal is the result of working with state and local officials on how to best enable local communities to hire firefighters who are well-qualified and have met out-of-state certification standards that meet or exceed our own,” Zorn said. “I thank my Senate colleagues for supporting this commonsense measure and look forward to working with the House to enact this into law.”

SB 372 is supported by the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan Township Association.

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**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Zorn welcomes Vietnam veterans to Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed local veterans and their families to the Michigan Capitol. They were in Lansing on Thursday for the “Michigan Says Thanks” event honoring veterans of the Vietnam War era and their families. Pictured from left: Cliff Trudeau, Cindy Trudeau, Glenn Podhola, Zorn, Dennis Warner and Linda Warner.

Editor’s note: A print-quality photograph of Zorn and his guests is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.senatordalezorn.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

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