Zorn introduces fair board reform measures

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Tuesday introduced two bills to help county fair boards more effectively and efficiently conduct their operations and support their fairs.

“Our county fairs have been important parts of communities for generations, and I have worked with Monroe County Fair officials on ways to ensure they can continue to serve Michigan families and farmers for years to come,” said Zorn, R-Onsted. “This legislation would streamline how county fair boards notify their members about transactions and provide flexibility in how local agricultural societies fund their operations.”

Senate Bill 1018 would eliminate the current requirement that fair boards publish their intention to buy or sell real estate in the local newspaper and permit the notification to occur directly to members by postcard or email.

SB 1019 would eliminate the current $25 limit a local agricultural or horticultural society can charge members. The bill would allow members to establish the proper amount for the fee or create different fees based on a variety of circumstances.

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

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Zorn announces April 29 office hour in Blissfield

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he will conduct a district office hour on Friday, April 29 in Blissfield.

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.

“I am holding this office hour in order to help provide residents a convenient opportunity to meet with me in person,” said Zorn, R-Onsted. “My aim is to provide the best service possible for the hardworking people of Lenawee and Monroe counties, and I plan on holding meetings throughout the district and hearing directly from constituents in one-on-one discussions.”

The Blissfield office hour will be held on Friday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to noon in the auditorium of the Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library, located at 407 S. Lane St. in Blissfield.

Residents who are unable to attend the office hour may contact Zorn’s office at (517) 373-3543 or via e-mail at [email protected].

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Zorn applauds grant for $12.3M investment in Adrian

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn is applauding a recent announcement from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) approving a grant to help a bring $12.3 million manufacturing project to Adrian that will create 111 jobs.

Daejin Advanced Materials USA, Inc. plans to establish operations in North America that will allow it to further develop and produce materials that support EV battery cells.

The MSF awarded Daejin a $500,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to establish new manufacturing operations in an existing facility in Adrian to support existing companies already located in the Midwest, allowing the company to keep on pace to meet the tight deadlines of its clients.

“This grant will help bring new investment and jobs to Adrian and also strengthen Michigan’s leadership role in the growing advanced battery and electric vehicle industries,” said Zorn, R-Onsted. “Michigan has long been the home of automotive manufacturing in America and projects like this one are critical to ensuring that we remain an automotive leader long into the future. I applaud everyone involved in this project for their work in making this opportunity a reality for the people of Michigan.”

Daejin Advanced Materials USA, Inc., a subsidiary of South Korean firm Daejin Advanced Materials, was established in 2019 to research and manufacture special polymers for batteries. The company is heavily involved in the growing electric vehicle market and will be supporting R&D for multiple customers in the North American market.

Michigan was chosen for the project over competing sites in Ohio and Tennessee.

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Zorn bill provides school enrollment flexibility for children of military families

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn has introduced legislation to provide school enrollment flexibility for military children when their family is transferred to a new community.

“Many families learned about the importance of academic stability during the pandemic, but children of military families have known about it for decades,” said Zorn, R-Onsted. “Moving to up to three different schools in a single grade during a military transfer can be traumatic and disjointing. Students in military families often need to transfer schools mid-year as the family moves, enroll in the school district of the temporarily assigned military housing, and then transfer to a third school when the family finally finds permanent housing.

“My bill aims to reduce the impacts of military family moves on children by allowing students to attend a school based on the area the family intends to live permanently instead of first going to a school near the family’s temporary housing.”

Senate Bill 1011 would allow a school district to count a child of a member of the U.S. armed forces as a student even if they do not live in the district’s area as long as a parent of the student has provided the district with a letter indicating the child is in temporary military housing and the family intends to become a resident of the district by June 30.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee for consideration.

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Zorn applauds Tecumseh Bread and Pastry grant

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn on Monday announced that Tecumseh Bread and Pastry will receive a $25,000 grant through the city of Tecumseh as part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Match on Main Program.

“By investing in our downtowns, we can help improve the local economy and the quality of life for everyone in the area families,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “The Match on Main Street Program focuses on helping small businesses in Main Street districts across the state thrive and grow.

“This targeted funding will help Tecumseh Bread and Pastry make important improvements and help Tecumseh create a better downtown that attracts new opportunities and talent. I applaud everyone for their work to earn this grant and support this small business investment.”

The city of Tecumseh was one of 19 communities awarded a total of $491,834 in grants aimed at supporting small local businesses to create resiliency and strengthen downtowns.

The Match on Main Program provides funding to communities that participate as a select and master level community in the Michigan Main Street Program or are a Certified Redevelopment Ready community. The communities in turn award grants of up to $25,000 to eligible businesses seeking support.

Tecumseh Bread and Pastry will use their $25,000 grant toward a $161,569 private investment to improve the building interior and purchase pastry equipment.

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Zorn sponsors Falan Dafa Day resolution

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday adopted Sen. Dale Zorn’s resolution recognizing May 13, 2022 as Falun Dafa Day in Michigan.

“Falun Dafa was first taught publicly in China in 1992, and it spread quickly as people found greater health and spiritual well-being through its practice,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Although practitioners have been persecuted for many years in China, Falun Dafa has been able to thrive in places like the United States and is now practiced in over 80 countries worldwide by people of all ages and backgrounds.

“As we congratulate Falun Dafa on their 30th anniversary, we also celebrate the freedom that enabled them to grow and support their efforts to end persecution in China.”

Senate Resolution 126 says that Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, is a peaceful spiritual practice rooted in traditional Chinese culture. It consists of meditation, four gentle sets of exercises, and a moral philosophy centered on the values of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance which practitioners take as a guide to their daily lives.

SR 126 also notes that since 1992, over 100 million people worldwide have become healthier, happier, and more altruistic through their practice of Falun Dafa.

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Zorn advocates for Michigan’s aerospace industry

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Wednesday joined other state lawmakers and Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) Executive Director Gavin Brown to meet with officials from NASA and top space companies, like Blue Origin and SpaceX, in Florida.

“Space can be the next frontier for Michigan — bringing new and exciting opportunities to our state that can help support our communities and keep top talent here at home,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This is a nonstop series of serious meetings with aerospace industry leaders to directly advocate for our state and encourage them to grow operations in Michigan. My hope is that we can help increase this innovative industry in our state — building on the great talent, technology and manufacturing infrastructure we already have.”

Wednesday also marked Space Day in Michigan.

Last week, Zorn co-sponsored Senate Resolution 121 declaring March 30 as Space Day in recognition of Michigan’s current aerospace industry and notes that Michigan continues to be “a global leader in the space industry by creating an attractive environment for businesses to locate their facilities here, including creating a new spaceport, center of excellence, and launch sites in our state.”

SR 121 also says that the Senate welcomes “other businesses and companies to relocate to Michigan as we continue to work towards being a partner in the global space industry.”

According to MAMA, Michigan has over 600 aerospace-related companies that produce more than $3 billion in annual revenue.

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Photo captions: Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) Executive Director Gavin Brown present a copy of Senate Resolution 121 proclaiming March 30 as Space Day in Michigan to officials at NASA and Blue Origin. Zorn presented the tributes during a series of nonstop meetings with aerospace industry leaders to directly advocate for Michigan and encourage them to grow operations in the state.