LANSING — The Michigan Senate approved an amendment offered by Sen. Ken Horn Tuesday that will keep the secretary of state (SOS) branch in Buena Vista operational.
The amendment, introduced on the Senate floor, made a small change to Senate Bill 133, the Senate’s state budget plan for Fiscal Year 2016, to require the SOS to maintain a branch office in Buena Vista.
“I was happy to see this amendment supported by my colleagues in the Senate,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “We were able to pass a well-thought-out, bipartisan solution to a very specific issue within this community. I am grateful that they were able to see outside the needs of their own districts and were willing to help ensure the rights of my constituents.”
Residents of Buena Vista have long supported maintaining an office in their community versus alternatives in the surrounding area. If their local office were to close, some individuals would be forced to travel up to 90 minutes via public transportation simply to register to vote.
“This helps residents in terms of renewing license plates, tabs, driver’s licenses and other clerical needs, but also addresses the issue of voter’s rights,” Horn said. “We want to make sure that everybody has the right to vote without an undue burden.”