Horn announces June office hours in Freeland

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, announced that June office hours are scheduled for the 32nd Senate District.

Horn will be available to meet with constituents at the following location:

Friday, June 26

10 a.m. – noon

Board Room, Tittabawassee Township Office

145 S. Second St.

Freeland, MI 48623

Horn will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have. No appointment is necessary.

For more information or to contact Horn, please visit www.SenatorKenHorn.com or call 517-373-1760.

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Legislation to protect veterans with service dogs passes Senate

Sen. Ken Horn

Sen. Ken Horn

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation to protect Michigan military veterans who use service dogs to better manage the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) was approved Thursday by the Michigan Senate.

“These bills provide certainty for our veterans and others who use service dogs to help cope with injuries, seen and unseen,” said state Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, who co-sponsored the Senate bills. “We provide special license plates and other discounts, which are great, but this is what’s really important. It’s a privilege to have a part in bringing understanding for service men and women who need these companions.”

Senate Bill 298 would expand existing state law to allow for the use of service dogs in Michigan and would establish penalties for those who harass or injure a service dog. SB 299 would exempt licensing fees for veterans’ service dogs. Companion measures introduced and passed by the state House of Representatives are expected to be approved soon.

House Bill 4521 would require the Department of Civil Rights to create an identification card, tag and vest for service animals and HB 4527 would expand the range of disabilities eligible for the use of service dogs and would establish criminal penalties of up to 90 days in jail for falsely claiming to have a disability that would enable a person to use a service dog.

All measures are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

SB’s 298 and 299 now go to the House for consideration while HB’s 4521 and 4527 are being considered by the Senate.

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Horn co-sponsors resolution to release Marine from Iranian prison

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution to support U.S. House Resolution 233.

Senate Resolution 66, sponsored by state Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint and co-sponsored by Sen. Ken Horn, supports the congressional resolution calling on Iran to immediately release the three United States citizens that it holds, including Marine sergeant and Michigan resident Amir Hekmati.

“I would like to personally thank Senators Ananich and Knezek for their support in bringing this issue before the chamber,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “I had an opportunity to meet Sergeant Hekmati’s family along with Congressman Kildee recently in Washington, and I’m happy that we were able to work together and get bipartisan support on a very critical issue.”

According to his family, Hekmati traveled to Tehran to visit his ailing grandmother in 2011 after receiving permission from the Iranian Interests Section of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C. Within weeks of his arrival, Hekmati was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned.

Months later he appeared on Iranian TV and was forced to confess that he was a CIA operative spying for the United States, a statement that has been continuously refuted by the U.S. Department of State. With Hekmati’s health deteriorating and his father growing ill, lawmakers and Hekmati’s family are pleading for his release.

“I can only hope that Sergeant Hekmati knows that he is not forgotten,” Horn said. “It is shameful that a member of our armed services, someone who fought for this country, has been treated this way. We are doing everything in our power as legislators to put an end to this and to get him home safe to his family.”

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