Sen. Zorn to hold a coffee hour in Hudson on June 10

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he will conduct a district coffee hour in Hudson on Friday, June 10.

Coffee hours are open to residents to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue.

The coffee hour will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at Karen’s Uptown Café, 314 W. Main St., in Hudson.

“I am holding this local coffee hour in order to help provide residents a convenient opportunity to meet with me in person,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “My aim is to provide the best service possible for the hardworking people of the 17th District. I look forward to continuing a regular series of meetings throughout the district and hearing directly from constituents in one-on-one discussions.”

To respect other patrons of the restaurant, no town-hall style discussions will be entertained. No appointment is necessary.

Residents who are unable to attend the coffee hour may contact Zorn’s office at (517) 373-3543 or via e-mail at SenDZorn@senate.michigan.gov.

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**Save the Date** Sens. Zorn and Kowall announce June 20 event honoring Vietnam era veterans

LANSING, Mich.Sen. Dale Zorn and Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall have announced that they are sponsoring a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony on Monday, June 20 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War.

“Michigan’s Vietnam veterans served our country with honor, yet they were often forgotten when they returned home,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Senator Kowall and I already hosted two emotional events to give long-overdue recognition to the Vietnam War era veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. I am proud to announce we will be holding another ceremony, and I invite all interested residents and veterans to join us.”

The event will take place at the Vietnam Memorial located in Monument Park, 436 E. Maumee St., in Adrian on Monday, June 20 at 11 a.m.

“It has been an honor throughout my career to work and participate with our vets, especially on the Vietnam Veterans Museum and the Memorial Park projects in Monroe,” Zorn said.

If weather does not permit, the ceremony will take place the same day and time at the Adrian VFW Post 1584 at 726 N. Main St., in Adrian. A light lunch will be held by the post following the ceremony.

“Michigan’s Vietnam veterans, whether drafted or enlisted, served our country with honor. Tragically, too many returned home with little thanks for their service and not much help transitioning to civilian life,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “This lapel-pinning ceremony is a way to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War era and their families on behalf of a grateful nation and the Michigan Legislature.”

The ceremony is made possible by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. Kowall said the symbolism attached to the lapel pin is significant.

“The Commemoration honors all Vietnam veterans, whether they served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period,” Kowall said. “All were called to serve and the overwhelming majority of these veterans served honorably and admirably.”

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**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Zorn welcomes Vietnam veteran to Senate Memorial Day service

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Vietnam veteran Michael Davison of LaSalle and his wife Gwen to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate’s 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan’s fallen soldiers.

Editor’s note: The above photograph of Zorn and the Davisons is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorDaleZorn.com/Photowire.

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Sen. Zorn applauds grant for historic renovations to several buildings in downtown Adrian

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn announced on Tuesday that the city of Adrian will be able to help fund substantial historic renovations to exteriors of several downtown buildings thanks to a recently approved state grant.

“These funds will help Adrian continue its great work to revitalize downtown, which is outstanding news for the people of Adrian and the entire area,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Our downtown areas are the heartbeat of our communities, and I applaud the local leaders for working together with state officials to make this possible. By restoring these historic buildings, we can help encourage economic growth and attract more people to downtown Adrian.

“The Croswell Opera House was voted Michigan’s Favorite Theater, and this would help make it even better.”

The Michigan Strategic Fund awarded Adrian $1.45 million in Community Development Block Grant funds for needed façade improvements to six buildings in downtown Adrian. The project is expected to generate private investment of $558,533.

Funds for 127-129 E. Maumee St., owned by the Croswell Opera House and Fine Arts Association, would complete renovation of the existing façades as a part of a larger $6 million renovation to the theater.

Details about the project’s other buildings include:
• 110 E. Church St. — Owned by Lenawee County Historical Society. Restore more than 100 windows and two chimneys original to the building and reconstruct and repair the accessible entrance.
• 113 W. Maumee St. — Total façade rehabilitation on the front and back of a vacant, three-story building that was previously damaged by a fire.
• 118 W. Maumee St. — Exterior restoration of the three-story building previously damaged by a fire.
• 124 and 128 E. Maumee St. — Window replacement, masonry repair and removal and repair of corrosion of the north elevation window hoods, sills and columns.
• 150 N. Main St. — Masonry and eroded joint repairs and correcting previous owner’s poor quality renovations, such as replacing windows to match historic window configurations as documented in early 1900s photographs.

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**Media Advisory** Sen. Zorn, Miss Michigan to introduce effort at Capitol to help children with hearing loss

Who:
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and Miss Michigan 2014 KT Maviglia of Dundee.

What:
Press availability to raise awareness of hearing loss among children and introduce legislation sponsored by Zorn to help ensure all Michigan children up to age 21 can get necessary hearing devices.

When:
Immediately following Senate session, which begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15.

Where:
Senate Majority Leader Conference Room
Capitol Room 101
First Floor
State Capitol
Lansing, MI

Briefing:
Zorn and Maviglia will be available following the Senate session for comments on their efforts to help children with hearing disabilities throughout Michigan.

Maviglia was crowned Miss Michigan in 2014 with a platform focused on advocating for children with hearing loss and later founded the KT Maviglia Fund for Hearing. She was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss at age nine and has two hearing aids.

Zorn will be re-introducing legislation to achieve Maviglia’s goal of ensuring children with hearing loss can receive hearing aids covered under their health insurance.

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Sen. Zorn, Miss Michigan introduce bill to help children with hearing loss

LANSING—Sen. Dale Zorn and Miss Michigan KT Maviglia announced legislation on Wednesday to help ensure all Michigan children up to age 21 can get necessary hearing devices.

“It was an honor to have Miss Michigan KT Maviglia of Dundee at the Capitol to raise awareness of hearing loss among children and help launch our effort to ensure they can get a life-changing hearing device,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “It is estimated that 30 of every 1,000 students are struggling with hearing impairment, and even a mild hearing loss can cause a student to miss as much as half of classroom discussion and instruction. This measure is about ensuring that all Michigan students have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in school and in life.”

Under Zorn’s legislation, hearing aids would be required to be covered under a child’s health insurance. The coverage would give a child new hearing devices for both ears at least every three years until they turn age 21.

Maviglia was crowned Miss Michigan in 2014 with a platform focused on advocating for children with hearing loss and later founded the KT Maviglia Fund for Hearing. She was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss at age nine and has two hearing aids.

“The cost of a hearing aid should never be a factor in a child’s education, and it is my hope that with this bill, no other children will have to go through the same struggle I did,” Maviglia said. “With each year that students cannot afford a hearing device, they fall farther and farther behind and have to work twice as hard to make up for their impairments. I am pleased to work with Senator Zorn on this legislation to help Michigan students reach their dreams.”

Zorn said that providing hearing assistance is the right thing to do and also the financially responsible way to address this issue.

“Research shows that early intervention can allow a child to maximize their language and speech and provide a lifetime savings of about $1 million per person,” Zorn said. “Hearing aids can be expensive, but the cost of inaction to our society, our schools and especially to our children is much more.”

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Editor’s Note: A print-quality version of 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.

Zorn, former Miss Michigan and advocates discuss bill to help children with hearing loss

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn and Miss Michigan 2014 KT Maviglia of Dundee were joined by hearing loss advocates to highlight new legislation to help ensure all Michigan children up to age 21 can get necessary hearing devices.

“It is estimated that 30 of every 1,000 school children struggle with hearing loss, which affects their education and lasts a lifetime,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This measure is about ensuring that all Michigan students have the opportunity to succeed. The results of early intervention are profound, while the cost of inaction is significant for our society and our children. I was proud to welcome these distinguished advocates to the Capitol to outline the importance of ensuring children with hearing loss can get a life-changing hearing device.”

Under Zorn’s legislation, Senate Bill 449, hearing aids would be required to be covered under a child’s health insurance. The coverage would give a child new hearing devices for both ears at least every three years until they turn age 21.

Maviglia was crowned Miss Michigan in 2014 with a platform focused on advocating for children with hearing loss and later founded the KT Maviglia Fund for Hearing. She was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss at age nine and has two hearing aids.

“The cost of a hearing aid should never be a factor in a child’s education, and it is my hope that with this bill, no other children will have to go through the same struggle I did,” Maviglia said. “With each year that students cannot afford a hearing device, they fall farther and farther behind and have to work twice as hard to make up for their loss. I am pleased to work with Senator Zorn on this legislation to help Michigan students reach their dreams.”

As of January 2015, 20 states had some form of requirement regarding commercial health insurers providing hearing aids to children.

“Senator Zorn’s bill will improve access to care and make it easier and quicker for a child to receive a personal hearing aid,” said Angelique Boerst, University of Michigan pediatric audiologist.

“Getting hearing aids to children in a timely manner is vital to limiting the effects on their speech, language, auditory, social and emotional development,” said Leslie Parent, pediatric audiologist at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “The impact can be great in just a matter of months, so timeliness is of the essence.”

Kerri Goff, Michigan Hands and Voices board member, spoke about her experience as a mother of two children with hearing loss and the impact getting a hearing aid had on her children’s lives.

Ann Liming of Hearing Loss Association of America said, “The ultimate goal is that we will have children in Michigan who will be able to be successful in school and in life.”

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Editor’s note: Video comments by Zorn, Maviglia and Boerst will be available on Zorn’s website at www.SenatorDaleZorn.com. Click on “Video” under the Media Center tab.

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Senate approves bills to remove offensive hearing loss terms from Michigan law

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation as part of a multi-bill package to update hearing loss references throughout state law.

“More than 30 million Americans struggle with hearing loss and that number has doubled over the past three decades,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Everyone who is deaf or hard of hearing deserves to be treated with respect in the law.”

Senate Bills 690-694 would change the outdated language like “hearing-impaired” to more accepted terms, such as “hard of hearing,” in several areas of Michigan law. The bills have been sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

“I got involved in helping those with hearing loss through the encouragement of Miss Michigan 2014, KT Maviglia of Dundee,” Zorn said. “I look forward to seeing these overdue reforms made, and I will continue working with advocates like KT to expand access to life-changing hearing devices.”

Maviglia was crowned Miss Michigan in 2014 with a platform focused on advocating for children with hearing loss and later founded the KT Maviglia Fund for Hearing. She was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss at age nine and has two hearing aids.

Zorn is working with Maviglia and others on Senate Bill 449, which would require hearing aids to be covered under a child’s health insurance. SB 449 bill is currently before the Senate Insurance Committee.

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Zorn co-sponsors creation of skilled trades act

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn introduced legislation on Wednesday as part of a package of bills to update and improve guidelines and standards for skilled trade professions.

“As the owner of a small business that employs and depends on highly skilled workers, I know first-hand the need for standards that are tough, clear and efficient,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I co-sponsored the creation of the skilled trades act because it will ensure that we have safe and high standards and also help encourage current and future workers to choose a rewarding and successful career in the skilled trades.”

Senate Bills 963-972 will combine more than 30 years of state statutes to create the Skilled Trades Regulation Act in Michigan. The state currently operates under ambiguous statutes that have been pieced together over time and lack modern language with regard to application and complaint processes and enforcement of penalties.

The legislation would solve several consistency issues within the state’s skilled labor industries and establish efficient application, renewal, and testing processes for licensees.

“Jobs in manufacturing and other skilled trades have led the Michigan recovery, yet our growth is being limited because many job providers are finding it difficult to find young people with the technical skills needed for available jobs,” Zorn said. “By putting in place updated, uniform standards that meet the highest marks for enforcement and efficiency, Michigan can better ensure the safety of our workers, the quality of their work and the ability of employers to find the skilled workers they need.”

Under current law, many Michigan workers are licensed across multiple trades and are subject to varying processes and requirements due to outdated statutes. The new act would provide reliability for professionals with multiple skilled trade licenses.

Sponsors of the 10-bill package include Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth (SBs 963, 966 and 970); Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy (SB 967); Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford (SB 969); Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City (SBs 964-965 and 971); Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton (SB 972); and Zorn (SB 968).

The bills have been referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee for consideration.

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Sen. Dale Zorn pays tribute to Lenawee County intern

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn recently presented a special tribute to George Bundy of Adrian in recognition of his successful completion of his legislative internship in Zorn’s Senate office.

Bundy attends the Jackson College/Lenawee County ISD Academy, a middle college program that allows Lenawee County students to graduate from high school with a diploma and up to 60 college credits.

The tribute was signed by Zorn; Gov. Rick Snyder; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley; and Rep. Nancy Jenkins, R-Clayton.

“George Bundy is committed to learning everything about the legislative process, and I know that his inquisitive nature and dedicated work ethic will serve him well,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “He paved the way for future middle college students to intern in the Senate. I want to express my sincere appreciation to George for his exceptional work on behalf of the people of Michigan and the 17th Senate District.”

Zorn said that his office is always looking for talented young people to serve the residents of Monroe and Lenawee counties as an intern.

“One of the best parts of my job is being able to meet and work with talented young people,” Zorn said. “Legislative internships offer a unique opportunity to learn the legislative process and develop valuable workplace skills that help young professionals advance their careers.”

Residents who are interested in internship opportunities in Zorn’s office are encouraged to contact the office at (517) 373-3543 or via e-mail at SenDZorn@senate.michigan.gov.

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Editor’s note: The above photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting Zorn’s website at www.SenatorDaleZorn.com/Photowire.