Sen. Zorn to hold a coffee hour in Adrian on Oct. 7

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he will conduct a district coffee hour in Adrian on Friday, Oct. 7.

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 The Family Kitchen, 2984 Treat St. in Adrian.

“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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Senate panel approves Zorn’s hunting license app bill, hears testimony on commercial guide measures

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee on Wednesday heard from Sen. Dale Zorn about legislation to establish standards for hunting and fishing guides and took testimony on bills to allow hunters to show proof of a license on their smartphones.

Senate Bills 1070-1072 would create a basic set of standards for commercial hunting and fishing guides in Michigan.

“Michigan currently does not require any training or general insurance to lead a guided hunting or fishing trip,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “During the past six months, we have partnered with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan United Conservation Club and other groups to develop a fair policy that would help ensure that guides know and comply with laws to protect our natural resources and are focused on providing a safe fishing or hunting experience.”

Under SBs 1070-1072, to obtain a commercial guiding permit, valid for three years, an individual must submit an application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), be certified in First Aid and CPR, be covered by commercial general liability insurance, and be eligible to purchase a license for the game species for which the person is acting as a commercial hunting guide.

Guides would not be able to be a convicted felon or have been convicted of a major hunting or fishing violation within the past five years. The bills include certain exemptions, such as for owners or employees of game bird hunting preserves or privately owned game ranches.

The committee approved SBs 1073-1075, which would require the DNR to provide smartphone applications that display base hunting, waterfowl and all-species fishing licenses for customers by March 1, 2018. Zorn is the sponsor of SB 1074, which pertains to waterfowl.

“Allowing duck hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts in Michigan to have their hunting and fishing licenses on their phones is good for sportsmen and our state,” Zorn said. “People have access to a world of valuable information and services on their smartphones. This easy-to-use app will increase convenience and further enhance the outdoor experience for residents and tourists who enjoy hunting and fishing in our state.”

The bills would also require the DNR to further implement mobile technology into other services, such as providing information on points of public access, nearby trails, descriptions of game species and hunting boundaries.

SBs 1073-1075 now head to the full Senate for consideration.

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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 the senator’s website at: www.SenatorDaleZorn.com/Photowire.

Sen. Zorn to honor Vietnam era veterans at start of veterans resource fair in Monroe

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich.Sen. Dale Zorn on Thursday announced that he will be hosting a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony on Sept. 27 at the start of a veterans resource fair in Monroe.

“In commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War, I have hosted several emotional events to pay tribute to the Vietnam War era veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Michigan’s Vietnam veterans served our country with honor, yet they were often forgotten when they returned home. This recognition has been well-earned and long overdue.”

The ceremony will take place at the Salvation Army, 815 E. 1st St., in Monroe on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m.

It will kick off the veterans resource fair being put on at the Salvation Army by the Monroe County Veteran Alliance. The resource fair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include on-site health screenings and information on health care, disability and compensation benefits. The fair is free and open to all veterans and their immediate families.

“The response to the previous ceremonies has been overwhelming, and I am happy and proud to be hosting another ceremony to kick off a resource fair that is full of valuable information regarding veterans benefits earned serving America,” Zorn said. “I want to thank the Monroe County Veteran Alliance for hosting the event, and I invite all area veterans to join us for a wonderful ceremony and a great fair.”

A Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin will be provided to any U.S. veteran who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

The ceremony is made possible by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. Information regarding the commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

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Sen. Zorn to hold a coffee hour in Temperance on Sept. 23

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he will conduct a district coffee hour in Temperance on Friday, Sept. 23.

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 DaCapo Coffee, 7370 Lewis Ave. in Temperance.

“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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Zorn sponsors bill to create smartphone app for duck hunting licenses

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn on Thursday sponsored Senate legislation that would enable duck hunters to show proof of a license on their smartphones.

“Smartphones offer the chance for people to access valuable information and useful services almost anywhere they go,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Giving duck hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts in Michigan the ability to have their hunting and fishing licenses on their phones through an easy-to-use app would increase convenience and allow them to focus on their favorite outdoor activities.”

Senate Bills 1073-1075 would require the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide smartphone applications that display base hunting, waterfowl and all-species fishing licenses for customers by March 1, 2018.

Zorn is the sponsor of the bill pertaining to waterfowl, SB 1074.

The legislation would also require the DNR to further implement mobile technology into other services, such as providing information on points of public access, nearby trails, descriptions of game species and hunting boundaries.

“Hunting has always been a favorite tradition and pastime of many families in Michigan, and it contributes more than $2 billion to Michigan’s economy each year,” Zorn said. “This technology can help ensure an enjoyable time for the entire family and also further enhance the hunting and fishing experiences in our state.”

SBs 1073-1075 have been referred to the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee for consideration.

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**PHOTO & VIDEO ADVISORY** Sen. Zorn welcomes Pastor Elarton to Capitol for Senate invocation

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed the Rev. Nate Elarton to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Elarton serves as lead pastor at Compelled Church in Temperance 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.

Video of Elarton’s invocation is available by clicking here or by visiting Zorn’s website and clicking on “Video” under the Media Center tab.

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