Audio Clips from members of the Senate Republican Caucus

February 21, 2017
Senator O'Brien reflects after attending a vigil to honor the memory of the victims of a shooting that took place in Kalamazoo on the one year anniversary of the tragedy.
February 14, 2017
The senator spent time discussing his newly introduced MIThrive initiative along with School Reform Office's decision to shut down some of the state's lowest performing schools.
February 8, 2017
Proos said that the governor's Fiscal Year 2018 state budget recommendation is a good start in the process, and he looks forward to passing a budget that enables Michigan to continue to attract new jobs and investment, provide vital services and meet its most pressing challenges - all while living within its means.
February 8, 2017
The MIThrive initiative is a bipartisan package aimed at redeveloping vacant properties across our state. These properties, known as brownfield properties, are often the remains of previous industrial sites that are incredibly costly to clean up and redevelop. Because of these associated costs, they are viewed as unfavorable to developers and often sit vacant for many years. This legislation seeks to "close the gap" on the overall construction costs by allowing the developer to receive a portion of the newly generated tax revenue from that site, with the rest being distributed to the state and local government that houses the property. The legislation also includes provisions stating that no taxpayer money can be used toward the initial investment, placing the financial burden solely on the private developer.
February 8, 2017
Senate Bill 40 would help job creators come to Southwest Michigan by cutting punitive regulations that currently put local Michigan border towns at a disadvantage in the competition for new jobs and investment.
February 8, 2017
Senate Resolution 14 declares Feb. 14 as Organ Donor Registration Day in Michigan. According to Donate Life America, more than 120,000 men, women and children nationwide currently need an organ transplant; every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list; and an average of 21 people die each day waiting for an available organ.
February 2, 2017
Senate Bills 5-24 and 50 are designed to reduce recidivism, crime and prison costs while also increasing safety in Michigan communities. This reforms would focus Michigan's criminal justice system on using smarter, data-driven approaches to efficiently and effectively rehabilitate prisoners so they can eventually be successfully reintroduced back into society.
January 26, 2017
Feb. 18 and 19 is this year's first free fishing weekend in Michigan. Start making your plans for a fun-filled, family weekend of free fishing. For more information, visit
January 18, 2017
Michigan's economic resurgence in reaction to Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address.
January 18, 2017
Gov. Rick Snyder's call to upgrade the Soo Locks as part of his 2017 State of the State address.
January 18, 2017
Proos applauded Snyder for focusing on reinventing Michigan. The governor outlined a plan of action that builds on the state's achievements of creating a stronger Michigan, while also recognizing that there is still work to do.
January 18, 2017
After Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address Tuesday night, Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, spoke about the importance of the Soo Locks.
January 18, 2017
After Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address Tuesday night, Shirkey spoke about the importance of the Healthy Michigan initiative.
January 12, 2017
State fiscal leaders project that Michigan will have $206.2 million more in total revenue this year than previously expected. That is good news because it points out how Michigan's economy continues to recover and create jobs. Proos supports finding a way to give revenue increases back to the taxpayers.
December 27, 2016
The governor has been sent legislation that would enable hunters and anglers to show proof of a license on their smartphones and allow deer hunters in Michigan next year to wear hunter pink instead of the traditional hunter orange.
December 23, 2016
Michigan winters can be harsh, and now is a good time to encourage area residents struggling with winter heating bills to take advantage of several assistance programs offered through the state, utility companies or charitable organizations.
December 19, 2016
Human life is worthy of love and protection, and it is not something to be bought and sold. Senate Bills 564 and 565 would make it illegal in Michigan to financially benefit in any way by selling or distributing a fetus or any fetal tissue obtained from an elective abortion.
December 15, 2016
While roughly half of Michigan adults are currently registered organ donors, it's not enough to meet the need. Proos says a local resident and organ recipient suggested that "Lauren's Law" was successful in New York and bringing it to Michigan could help increase the number registered donors in the state, which currently has more than 3,500 people awaiting transplants.
December 15, 2016
Michigan customers have paid more than $810 million for the construction of a permanent storage site, yet we continue to store waste at local nuclear plants. New technology exists that could greatly reduce the amount of waste needed to be stored and the time it must be isolated by almost 1,000 times.
December 13, 2016
The 2017 Natural Resources Trust Fund recommendations include a project to create a non-motorized pathway connecting three parks and two trailhead areas; one to develop roughly 20 acres in Watervliet into a park with a mile of Paw Paw River frontage; and two projects that would complete Michigan's portion of the 34-mile Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail.
December 13, 2016
The Natural Resources Trust Fund invests constitutionally restricted funds into vibrant parks and recreational resources to make Michigan a better place to live, work and raise a family. The 2017 recommendations include a project to extend the Three Rivers Health Trail and one to provide an accessible river trail route along the St. Joseph River.
December 7, 2016
Current rules put local Michigan's border towns at a huge disadvantage. Senate Bill 1085 would help attract job creators to Southwest Michigan, instead of Indiana, and enable businesses already in the state to expand and grow.
December 7, 2016
The impact of Asian carp getting into Lake Michigan would be catastrophic to the health of the Great Lakes and the livelihoods of thousands of area families. Senate Bill 1187 includes $1 million toward the effort to prevent of Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species from entering the Great Lakes.
November 10, 2016
One of the ways we express our appreciation for our veterans is to adorn their graves with special markers. Some people in recent years have stolen these markers and sold them to collectors or scrap metal dealers.
October 18, 2016
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, who chairs the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, and Homeland Security Committee, discusses Senate Bills 1097-1100, which would establish an authority to oversee Michigan's veterans homes.
October 18, 2016
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, discusses bipartisan legislation, which the Senate approved Tuesday, that would streamline existing laws governing the state's brownfield redevelopment program.
October 7, 2016
Senate Bill 1095 would enter Michigan into the Interstate Library Compact and allow residents of Michigan and Indiana border communities to use library services across state lines.
October 6, 2016
To vote in the November election, Michigan residents must be registered one month beforehand. This year, that means Michigan voters must be registered by Tuesday, Oct. 11. Residents can register by mail, at their local clerk's office or at any Secretary of State branch office.
September 19, 2016
Senate Bills 1073-1075 would require the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide applications that would enable hunters and anglers to show proof of a license on their smartphones and 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.
September 13, 2016
During the tele-town hall, more than 1,800 Southwest Michigan residents shared their priorities for the future, answered five poll questions and asked Proos about by career and technical education, medical marijuana, the drug epidemic, auto insurance and fixing the roads.