Sen. Zorn announces July coffee hours

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he will conduct district coffee hours this month in Temperance on July 18 and in Hudson on July 26.

Coffee 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 first coffee hour will be held Wednesday, July 18 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at DaCapo Coffee, 7370 Lewis Ave. in Temperance.

The second coffee hour will be on Thursday, July 26 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Karen’s Uptown Kafe, 314 W. Main St. in Hudson.

“I am holding these local coffee hours 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.”

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

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Zorn’s government efficiency bill signed

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation as part of a multi-bill package to repeal dozens of obsolete, burdensome or duplicative state reports.

“Government reporting is a good thing when it helps improve state policies or public accountability,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “However, these eliminated reports were a waste of Michigan taxpayer dollars — providing prime examples of bureaucratic paperwork that was outdated, no longer needed, or already available to the public online.”

Zorn sponsored Senate Bill 1007, now Public Act 293 of 2018, to repeal a requirement that the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development report on food establishment licenses issued by the department during the preceding fiscal year. The reports take many hours to compile, and the department said that it had not received any inquiries or questions regarding them in years.

SB 1000 was the most comprehensive bill in the package. It repealed 16 reporting requirements in the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. One of the eliminated reports is one by the Department of Natural Resources on the Recreation Bond Fund, which has been closed out and has exhausted its funds.

“Our goal was to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state government by eliminating costly and unnecessary reports,” Zorn said.  “Michigan has come a long way, yet we still face challenges. The time and money spent on these reports will now be able to be put to better use addressing the top priorities of families and job providers.”

The Senate and House measures are now PAs 237 and 287-310 of 2018.

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Governor signs Zorn’s state trooper memorial highway bill

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — The first state trooper to be killed in the line of duty in Lenawee County will be permanently honored with a memorial highway after Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to honor Michigan State Police Trooper Calvin Jones.

“Michigan state troopers and local law enforcement officers risk their lives every day to keep our communities safe, and too often they never return home,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Calvin Jones was a World War II veteran, a family man and a dedicated trooper who tragically lost his life while serving and protecting the people of Lenawee County.”

Jones was killed on Feb. 10, 1956 when his patrol car crashed during a pursuit on M-52 south of Adrian.

Senate Bill 459, now Public Act 219 of 2018, designates a portion of M-52 from Carleton Road to the Ohio border as the “Trooper Calvin R. Jones Memorial Highway.”

Jones’ daughter, Patricia Rowley, and her husband Claude Rowley attended a Senate Transportation Committee meeting in February in support of Zorn’s bill, which received unanimous support in both the House and Senate.

Lenawee County Commissioner Jim Driskill knew Trooper Jones, who was a close friend of his father, and testified in support of the measure.

“I am thankful that Trooper Jones’ daughter and many of those who knew him will be able to see him receive this long-overdue recognition, so that his life and sacrifice are never forgotten,” Zorn said.

The memorial highway will have no fiscal impact on the state or local government. State law requires sufficient private contributions to completely cover the cost of erecting and maintaining markers indicating the name of a memorial highway.

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Zorn’s register of deeds updates signed

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday signed Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation as part of a bipartisan effort to modernize many of the state’s laws governing county registers of deeds.

Registers of deeds are tasked with accepting and recording all legal documents and instruments pertaining to the transfer and encumbrance of real property located within each county. State laws provide direction for their actions and responsibilities as well as requirements for individuals looking to record documents.

“I want to thank the Michigan Association of Register of Deeds for bringing the issue to the Legislature and helping fix it,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “The purpose of these updates is to enable the registers of deeds throughout our state to keep up with new technologies, eliminate errors, improve services to the public and better protect vital information.”

Zorn sponsored three of the 10 bills. Senate Bills 731-740, now Public Acts 191-200 of 2018, clarify and codify current register of deeds practices and the use of technology when recording documents.

The new laws include improving the use of electronic systems in the recording process, providing a uniform method for handling sensitive personal information and ensuring the accurate translation of property documents from across the world.

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**MEDIA ADVISORY** Zorn, Bellino to highlight state funding for key road project in Monroe County

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn and Rep. Joe Bellino will join local officials for a press conference on Wednesday, June 20 highlighting state funding in the recently approved state budget to make much-needed improvements to South Stoney Creek Road.

Who:
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida;
Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe;
Randy Pierce, Monroe County Road Commission managing director;
Officials from Frenchtown, Ash and Exeter townships; and
Area residents.

What:
A press conference to highlight funding included in the recently approved state budget to help fix South Stoney Creek Road.

When:
Wednesday, June 20 at 10 a.m.

Where:
Intersection of South Stoney Creek Road and Sumpter Road near the Exeter Township Volunteer Fire Department
11120 Sumpter Road
Carleton

Note:
The approved 2018-19 state budget includes $3.35 million for road repairs on South Stoney Creek Road. The state funds will be used to replace the road in Frenchtown, Ash and Exeter townships.

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Zorn’s state trooper memorial highway bill sent to governor

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Legislature on Tuesday finalized Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to honor Michigan State Police Trooper Calvin Jones, who was killed when his patrol car crashed during a pursuit on Feb. 10, 1956 on M-52 south of Adrian.

“Our state troopers and local law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep our families safe, and too often they never return home,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Calvin Jones was a World War II veteran and a family man who also was the first state trooper to be killed in the line of duty in Lenawee County.”

Senate Bill 459 would designate a portion of M-52 from Carleton Road to the Ohio border as the “Trooper Calvin R. Jones Memorial Highway.”

The bill received unanimous support in both the House and Senate and now heads to the governor to be signed.

“The life and sacrifice of Trooper Jones are great examples of why Michigan created the Memorial Highway Act,” Zorn said. “I look forward to seeing the governor sign this bill and permanently recognize a fearless man who died serving and protecting our community.”

Jones’ daughter, Patricia Rowley, and her husband Claude Rowley attended a Senate Transportation Committee meeting in February in support of the bill. Lenawee County Commissioner Jim Driskill knew Trooper Jones, who was a close friend of his father, and testified in support of Zorn’s bill.

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Sen. Zorn announces June coffee hours

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he will conduct district coffee hours this month in Tecumseh on June 18 and in Maybee on June 25.

Coffee 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 first coffee hour will be held Monday, June 18 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at City Limits Diner and Pancake House, 114 W. Logan St. in Tecumseh.

The second coffee hour will be held on Monday, June 25 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the new Maybee Village Hall, 9051 Raisin St. in Maybee.

“I am holding these local coffee hours 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.”

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

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**MEDIA ADVISORY** Sen. Zorn, Maj. Gen. Stone to discuss super armory coming to Dundee

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he and Maj. Gen. Michael A. Stone of the Michigan Army National Guard will attend a public meeting on June 14 to discuss the recently announced super armory project in Dundee and why the site was selected.

Who:
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida;
Maj. Gen. Michael A. Stone, Michigan Army National Guard and commander of the 46th Military Police Command;
Officials from Monroe Bank & Trust; and
Area residents.

What:
A public reception highlighting the acquisition of 44 acres of land in Dundee for a new Michigan National Guard super armory.

When:
Thursday, June 14 at 6 p.m.
(Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m.)

Where:
Monroe Bank & Trust Headquarters
10 Washington St.
Fourth floor
Monroe

Note:
If you plan on attending the event, please RSVP to Paul Egnatuk at 269-209-3867.

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Zorn: 2019 budget invests more in education and roads

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Tuesday supported a finalized fiscal year 2019 state budget that increases investments in key priorities, including educating Michigan students and improving the roads.

“As we have every year I have been in the Legislature, we completed a balanced budget ahead of schedule — allowing local governments and schools to set their budgets using real numbers,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This budget continues to make smart investments in the top priorities facing Michigan families and businesses while still living within our means.

“Every school will see increased funding in this budget — with most schools receiving the largest per-pupil increase in 17 years — and we are putting an additional $330 million into fixing our roads and bridges.”

The education budget invests nearly $14.8 billion in K-12 education, which includes a foundation allowance increase of between $120 and $240 per pupil and a $1.3 billion contribution into the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) to control costs, reduce debt and meet the needs of current retired teachers.

The budget also features investments in school safety initiatives, including more funding for the OK2SAY confidential tip-line program, $30 million for mental health support services in schools, and $25 million for school security improvements.

“To ensure that Michigan schools are safe places for kids to learn, we are investing $58 million for our schools and communities to make the necessary safety improvements to protect our students,” Zorn said. “Last year, a group of local education leaders and my office studied ways to improve partnerships between area schools and Jackson College and Monroe Community College to reduce the need for remedial education. This budget builds on that collaboration and includes $25,000 to continue that work.”

The entire state budget plan features $6 million to support rural hospitals, a $9.25 million boost for local public health departments, a $22.5 million increase in local revenue sharing, $40.9 million for skilled trades training and $100 million to fully fund the Marshall Plan for Talent.

“This budget makes wise investments to meet our challenges, educate our children, provide essential services, and to attract tourists and job creators to Michigan,” Zorn said. “Another local project we were able to include is an additional $45,000 to help Lenawee County farmers maintain filter strips that prevent phosphorous from flowing into Lake Erie.”

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Zorn supports funding for key road project in Monroe County

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Tuesday supported funding for a local road project as part of the state’s finalized fiscal year 2019 state budget.

“Stoney Creek Road has been in bad shape for far too long and the townships don’t have the resources to fix it,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Even with large increases in road funding, it would have taken the county a long time to get this project done. It has been a pleasure to work with the local township and road commission officials to find the best way to fix Stoney Creek Road and to secure the funding for the repairs.

“I am proud that together with Representatives Bellino and Sheppard, we were able to get the project jump started in this budget.”

The approved 2018-19 state budget includes $3.35 million for the road repairs. The state funds will be used to replace the road in Frenchtown, Ash, London and Exeter townships.

“The entire state benefits from the energy produced at the Fermi II plant, and it’s only fitting the state pitch in to get this critical evacuation route fixed,” Zorn said.

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