Sen. Zorn to hold a coffee hour in Temperance on Feb. 3

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he will conduct a district coffee hour in Temperance on Friday, Feb. 3.

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.

###

**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Zorn welcomes U.S. Army veteran Bruck; MCC students, staff and trustees

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed U.S. Army veteran William T. Bruck and Monroe Community College students, staff and trustees to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday.

Left photo caption: Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed U.S. Army veteran William T. Bruck to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Bruck is a 24-year veteran of the armed forces and served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He owns Visiting Angels of Monroe, a national provider of in-home care for the elderly, and was at the Capitol as part of a visit by Monroe Community College, where he serves as a trustee.

Right photo caption: Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Monroe Community College students, staff and trustees to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday.

###

Editor’s note: The photographs of Zorn are available by clicking on the images or by visiting the senator’s website at www.SenatorDaleZorn.com/Photowire.

**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Zorn escorts Gov. Snyder for State of the State address; welcomes Judge Braunlich as his guest

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Braunlich to the Michigan Capitol for Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address. Zorn served as a Senate escort for the governor into the House chamber to give the address.

Left photo caption: Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Braunlich to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday night. Braunlich serves as 38th Circuit Court judge and was Zorn’s guest for Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address.

Right photo caption: Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, escorted Gov. Rick Snyder into the House chamber on Tuesday night to deliver his 2017 State of the State address.

###

Editor’s note: The photographs of Zorn are available by clicking on the images or by visiting the senator’s website at www.SenatorDaleZorn.com/Photowire.

Zorn comments on State of the State address; announces bill aimed at stopping prescription drug abuse

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn attended Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address on Tuesday night with Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Braunlich. After the address, Zorn highlighted the governor’s plan and announced that he is reintroducing legislation to help prevent prescription drug abuse.

“Once again, the governor kicked off the conversation for the year with his State of the State address, and I agree with several of his priorities,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Continuing to increase funding for education — especially getting high school students the skills they need to work after graduation — is one of my top priorities. Expanding our economy, increasing trade and bringing better paying jobs to Michigan will benefit everyone. I am also interested in the governor’s ideas to fix our aging infrastructure, especially concerning water and road projects.

“I look forward to working with the governor on addressing the opioid epidemic.”

Zorn said, “Monroe County has been one of the state’s hardest hit communities for prescription drug overdoses. We need a prescription database that doctors can use to check patient history that is quick, easy to use and accurate, and we need to end exemptions that patients are taking advantage of to get their hands on excessive amounts of drugs.”

On Wednesday, Zorn will reintroduce a bill from last session, Senate Bill 828, which would remove reporting exemptions for controlled substance samples, methadone treatment centers and buprenorphine prescribers.

Zorn’s bill would require more reporting of controlled substances to the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS). MAPS is the prescription monitoring program for the state of Michigan and tracks patients and prescribers for over-supply of Schedule 2-5 controlled substances.

“MAPS should be an effective tool to stop the practice of patients going to several doctors to get multiple prescriptions,” Zorn said. “By eliminating reporting exemptions in MAPS, we can help combat drug abuse by increasing access to critical information about who is getting these controlled substances and how often they are getting them.”

###

**Media Advisory** Sen. Dale Zorn available for comments following 2017 State of the State address

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn will be available for comments following the governor’s 2017 State of the State address on Tuesday.

Who:
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, chair of the Senate Local Government Committee.

What:
Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

When:
Immediately following the address, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Where:
By phone or in:
House Appropriations Room
Third Floor
State Capitol
Lansing, MI

Brief:
Zorn will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

Please call Paul Egnatuk at (269) 209-3867 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

###

Governor signs Zorn bill to cut red tape for schools

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday signed legislation to greatly reduce unnecessary state reporting for Michigan public school and administrators, said Sen. Dale Zorn, who sponsored a bill in the package.

“As a small business owner, I understand the frustration of unnecessary paperwork,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Burdensome red tape only causes lost time and money. These new laws will allow more valuable school resources to go into the classroom and enable teachers to focus more time on helping our students learn and succeed.”

Public Acts 532-536 of 2016 eliminate unnecessary and duplicative reports and streamline reporting requirements. Zorn’s measure repealed a provision regarding student personality tests.

Michigan school districts are mandated to prepare and submit hundreds of reports to state and federal entities. Education reporting requirements are sprinkled throughout Michigan law — not just in the state’s education code. The reports can be time-consuming and tedious to produce and are often redundant or even obsolete by the submission date.

“Getting an education is critical for every Michigan child,” Zorn said. “By removing these wasteful and repetitive reports, we are helping schools reduce administrative costs and allowing our teachers to direct more of their energies to teaching our students.”

###

Zorn to hold office hour in Adrian on Jan. 23

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he will conduct a district office hour in Adrian on Monday, Jan. 23.

Office hours are open to residents to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue. No appointment is necessary.

The office hour will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Adrian District Library, 143 E. Maumee St., Adrian.

“I am holding this local office 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.

“This is the latest of a regular series of meetings that I have held throughout the district to hear directly from constituents in one-on-one discussions.”

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

###

Governor signs Zorn’s hunting license app bill

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to enable duck hunters in Michigan to show proof of their hunting license on their smartphones.

“People have access to a world of valuable information and services on their smartphones,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “With the governor’s approval of this proactive legislation, Michigan will soon allow duck hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to keep their hunting and fishing licenses on their phones — increasing convenience and allowing everyone to focus on enjoying their favorite outdoor activities.”

Public Acts 461-463 of 2016 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 sponsored SB 1074, the bill pertaining to waterfowl.

The new acts 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 plays a key role in the way of life for many Michigan families and contributes more than $2 billion to Michigan’s economy each year,” Zorn said. “The easy-to-use app will add convenience and eventually much more. It will offer us the chance to enhance the outdoor experience for residents and tourists who enjoy hunting and fishing. We have seen this work well in other states, and now we’re bringing it to Michigan.”

###

Zorn to hold coffee hour in Monroe on Jan. 20

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he will conduct a district coffee hour in Monroe on Friday, Jan. 20.

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 Panera Bread, 393 N. Telegraph Road in Monroe.

“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

###

Zorn’s skilled trades legislation signed by governor

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation sponsored by Sen. Dale Zorn as part of a 10-bill legislative package to update and improve guidelines and standards for skilled trade professions was signed on Wednesday by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Michigan’s recovery has been led by jobs in manufacturing and other skilled trades, yet that growth has been limited as many job creators struggle to find workers with the necessary technical skills,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “We now have put in place updated and uniform standards that meet the highest marks for enforcement and efficiency — which will better enable the state to ensure the safety of our workers, the quality of their work and the ability of employers to find the skilled workers they need.”

Senate Bills 963-972, now Public Acts 407-416 of 2016, combine more than 30 years of state statutes to create the Skilled Trades Regulation Act in Michigan. The state previously operated under ambiguous statutes that had been pieced together over time and lack modern language with regard to application and complaint processes and enforcement of penalties. Zorn’s bill is now PA 412.

The new laws are designed to solve several consistency issues within the state’s skilled labor industries and establish efficient application, renewal, and testing processes for licensees.

“I am a small business owner who proudly employs highly skilled workers, and I have seen first-hand the need for clear and efficient standards,” Zorn said. “These new skilled trade laws will give our state safe and high standards and also help encourage current and future workers to choose a rewarding and successful career in the trades.”

Many Michigan workers are licensed across multiple trades and are subject to varying processes and requirements due to outdated statutes. The new laws would provide reliability for professionals with multiple skilled trade licenses.

###