Audio Clips from members of the Senate Republican Caucus

April 12, 2017
Fishing licenses can be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week online or by visiting a local license retailer or DNR Customer Service Center. All 2017 fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2018 and are good for all species.
April 10, 2017
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, reminds boaters to be sensible, safe, and sober to help keep the Great Lakes State a safe place for summer boating fun.
March 30, 2017
Gov. Rick Snyder signed comprehensive legislation to make reforms throughout the criminal justice system. The multi-bill package was spearheaded by Proos and includes measures that will result in better outcomes, increased public safety and reduced costs. The measures are about putting best practices to use to reduce recidivism and help prisoners become productive citizens.
March 27, 2017
The purpose of the competition is to engage the community in the spirit of 'March Madness' in a way that inspires creativity and enable students and alumni to show their school pride. Proos announced the schools that have advanced to the Sweet 16.
March 22, 2017
Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 calls on the president and the U.S. secretary of state to approve construction of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline to safely bring Canadian oil to American refineries.
March 22, 2017
Asian carp pose a real threat to vibrant fishing, tourism and boating industries and the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 calls for action to prevent a permanent economic and environmental disaster whose impacts would be felt throughout the state and region.
March 22, 2017
Sen. Peter MacGregor spoke with hosts Gerry Brisson, president of Gleaners, and Dr. Phil Knight, executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan, during a recent episode of WJR's 'Food for Thought,' to discuss food insecurity and the work of food banks in the state.
March 16, 2017
School spirit encompasses a wide range of school activities, such as band, drama, robotics, athletics and art, and no one has more school spirit than Southwest Michigan. Area schools will compete in a single-elimination bracket contest, with the first round beginning on March 20 at noon. The entire tournament will span five weeks, ending at noon on April 21.
March 14, 2017
Outdoor enthusiasts contribute billions of dollars to the state economy every year and help support the state's conservation efforts. Senate Joint Resolution G would protect Michigan's rich heritage of hunting, fishing and trapping by establishing the right in the Michigan Constitution.
March 14, 2017
Kowall speaks with Frank Beckmann about Senate Bills 203 and 204, which he sponsored, and SB 205, sponsored by Sen. Joe Hune. The bills would allowing online gaming in Michigan.
March 9, 2017
The Senate's bipartisan criminal justice reforms will soon be heading to the governor. Senate Bills 5-13, 15-24 and 50 are designed to reduce recidivism, crime and prison costs while also increasing safety in Michigan communities.
March 2, 2017
A House committee has approved the Senate's bipartisan criminal justice reforms. Senate Bills 5-24 and 50 are designed to reduce recidivism, crime and prison costs while also increasing safety in Michigan communities. This reforms focus on using smarter, data-driven approaches to efficiently and effectively rehabilitate prisoners.
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
Hansen, R-Hart: Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19 constitute the first of two 2017 free fishing weekends hosted by the Michigan DNR. The weekends allow anyone to fish free without a license.
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.