Audio Clips from members of the Senate Republican Caucus
April 25, 2018
Suits and Sneakers has been raising awareness and money for cancer research for two decades. It was originally geared toward basketball coaches, but soon spread to numerous professions. I am proud to have once again joined my colleagues in bringing attention to cancer and cancer research and standing in support of the brave individuals fighting this battle.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, talks about receiving the Shining Star Award from the Michigan secretary of state.
April 25, 2018
Proos was nominated by Gift of Life Michigan for the Shining Star Award, which honors exceptional dedication, outstanding support, novel partnerships or extraordinary efforts in the area of organ, tissue and eye donor awareness. In January 2017, the governor signed Proos' measure, "Lauren's Law," in an effort to help increase the number of registered organ donors in Michigan.
April 25, 2018
It was my honor to join dozens of elected officials, law enforcement officers, advocates, friends and family members of victims and victims themselves Wednesday evening at the state Capitol to celebrate the 30th annual Michigan Crime Victims Vigil. The annual event, hosted by the Crime Victim Foundation, serves as an opportunity to recognize the perils faced by victims and their families and how the state can help. I also introduced Senate Resolution 156 during Wednesday's session which recognizes and acknowledges the importance of crime victims' rights here in Michigan. SR 156 had a host of bipartisan co-sponsors and was unanimously adopted by the Senate.
April 24, 2018
Scouting allows young adults an opportunity to learn about the importance of hard work, serving your community along with countless other valuable, life-saving skills. It was my pleasure to welcome all of the eager young scouts, as well as senior members and parents to the state Capitol in Lansing. My colleagues and I certainly enjoyed the visit as well as the update on what the organization is doing.
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, recently chatted with Paul Miller, the host of the WPHM Morning Show, about Senate Resolution 153 which opposes fees on canoes and kayaks.
April 20, 2018
The Michigan State Waterways Commission (MSWC) recently passed Resolution 02-2018-01, which recommended the Legislature pursue an effort to require the registration, with a new fee, of all rigid-hulled kayaks, canoes and paddleboards eight feet or longer. Currently, such vessels are exempt from registration fees when used recreationally. I recently sponsored Resolution 153, which formally opposes the recent MSWC recommendation. I will fight any legislative effort to impose such fees on Michiganders enjoying our state's beautiful resources.
April 18, 2018
The Michigan State Waterways Commission (MSWC) recently passed Resolution 02-2018-01, which recommended the Legislature pursue an effort to require the registration, with a new fee, of all rigid-hulled kayaks, canoes and paddleboards eight feet or longer. Currently, such vessels are exempt from registration fees when used recreationally. I recently joined my colleagues in co-sponsoring Senate Resolution 153, which formally opposes the recent MSWC recommendation. I will fight any legislative effort to impose such fees on Michiganders enjoying our state's beautiful resources.
April 16, 2018
Because prison kitchens are not licensed, they are not inspected for food safety like other food establishments. As chairman of the Senate Corrections budget subcommittee, Proos plans to include boilerplate language in budget that would subject prison kitchens to the public safety requirements of the state's food law.
April 11, 2018
The recent shipping incident that left the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline and other underwater cable lines damaged only further strengthens the skepticism surrounding the underwater lines beneath the Straits of Mackinac. It is time we shut down Line 5 and pursue other, safer alternatives before irreversible damage to our environment takes place.
April 10, 2018
The bracket-style tournament was designed to give students and communities an opportunity to showcase their school pride. Thousands of people participated by voting in online polls and submitted photos on Facebook and Twitter to score points for their school. In the end, the Coloma Comets emerged as champions, defeating River Valley in the final round matchup.
March 23, 2018
Senate Bill 888 would clarify that students working part-time at a community college would be exempted from the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) contribution requirements, something that is already the case for full-time student employees.
March 22, 2018
Small distillers in Michigan have to deal with a tax system that treats them as giant, multinational manufacturers. Proos' legislation would provide relief to spirit makers to foster growth in the up-and-coming industry and encourage use of more Michigan- grown agricultural products.
March 21, 2018
The 2018 Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament began with 31 area high schools competing in four brackets. The tournament is now down to the Elite 8 round with half of last year's Final Four schools having been toppled - including the defending champion.
March 21, 2018
The Judiciary budget plan funds needed technology upgrades and increases funding for specialty courts, which help reduce crime and benefit both society and offenders by addressing underlying issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse.
March 15, 2018
Legislation known as the Protecting Michigan's Children package passed the Michigan Senate on March 14, 2018. Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, was the lead sponsor of the legislation. The legislation now heads to the House for further consideration.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, announces workgroup to explore training nonviolent prisoners to prepare and serve meals.
March 13, 2018
The governor has proposed switching from privately contracted food services back to food service provided by state workers, which would require the state to hire and train more than 350 employees by August. Proos says we have an opportunity to train prisoners to provide healthy meals and meet Michigan's workforce needs when they re-enter society.
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, discusses a concert to benefit the Hillsdale and Branch County senior centers.
March 9, 2018
Critically acclaimed vocalist Helen Welch will celebrate the magic and music of the Carpenters on Sunday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater.
March 2, 2018
No one has more school spirit than Southwest Michigan! School spirit encompasses a wide range of school activities, such as band, drama, robotics, athletics and art. Area schools will compete in a single-elimination bracket contest, with the first round beginning on March 5 at noon. The entire tournament will span five weeks, ending at noon on April 6.
February 28, 2018
The OK2SAY program is a confidential, 24-hour tip line designed to help prevent school tragedies. It is the state's most effective prevention-based reporting mechanism - having received nearly 12,000 tips since it launched in 2014.
February 27, 2018
Proos commend the professional and well-coordinated effort that Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey is leading during this county emergency. Berrien County residents and business owners can now report flood damage to the sheriff's office by calling 1-800-815-5485.
February 22, 2018
Michigan has awarded grants to 16 regions to develop community partnerships and strategies promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers. St. Joseph Public Schools also recently announced plans to build a 7,000-square-foot innovation center that will be used primarily for the district's robotics program.
February 16, 2018
Senate Bill 821 is designed as to honor American servicemen and servicewomen and recognize the sacrifices made by their families. It would create a special recognition license plate that would include the Blue Star Families insignia and the words "Blue Star Family" under the registration numbers.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, supports tax relief bills and elimination of driver responsibility fees.
February 15, 2018
Senate Bill 748 would make the necessary changes to maintain the state income tax personal exemption and also boost the exemption by an additional $600 to $4,900 by 2021. A separate multi-bill package would eliminate the state's driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1, 2018 and forgive any outstanding fees.
January 25, 2018
Michigan has 52,475 students attending 222 Catholic schools throughout the state. Senate Resolution 123 designates Jan. 28 through Feb. 3 as Catholic Schools Week with the theme "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed."
January 23, 2018
Gov. Rick Snyder will deliver his final State of the State address Tuesday evening. Proos is hopeful that the governor will highlight the accomplishments the state has made during the governor's term and the last year, including corrections reforms.
Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, discusses the state of the state after the governor's annual address
January 23, 2018
After Gov. Rick Snyder's 2018 State of the State address Tuesday night, Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, reflected on the state of the state.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, discusses the highlights the governor's 2018 State of the State address.
January 23, 2018
The governor's address outlined the challenges that Michigan faces and the positive changes that we have made in areas like corrections, where the state is already seeing the results of last year's criminal justice reforms.
January 19, 2018
The weekend of Saturday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 18 is the first of two 2018 free fishing weekends hosted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The weekends allow anyone to fish free without a license.
January 19, 2018
Senate Bills 439 and 440 would change the name of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council to the Michigan Craft Beverage Council and add representatives from breweries and distilleries to the council to better position it to promote and support all Michigan's craft beverage businesses and manufacturers.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, supports bill to help Michigan consumers and auto dealers along the border
January 17, 2018
The Legislature voted to override the governor's veto of Senate Bills 94 and 95 to speed up "sales tax on the difference" reform. Under the bills, the reform to limit Michigan sales and use taxes to only being applied to the difference between the price of a car and the value of a trade-in would be fully implemented in 2028 instead of 2039.
January 12, 2018
Senate Bill 748 would make the necessary changes to maintain the state income tax personal exemption and also boost the exemption by an additional $500 to $4,800 by 2021. The bill comes as state fiscal officials forecasted that Michigan will have $571.7 million more in total revenue for the current 2018 fiscal year than budgeted for last summer.