Audio Clips from members of the Senate Republican Caucus
November 9, 2017
Under the legislation approved by the Senate Finance Committee, Michigan residents would be able to set up a savings account to help cover the costs of a first-time home purchase and would be able to receive a state income tax deduction for their contributions into the savings account.
November 6, 2017
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson recently announced that over 60 percent of Michigan adults are registered as organ donors. In January 2011, only 27 percent of eligible Michigan residents were registered organ donors. Proos sponsored Lauren's Law to help boost registration numbers. The new law requires the secretary of state's office to ask whether someone wishes to be added to the organ donor registry when they apply for a driver's license.
November 2, 2017
The Michigan Sheriffs' Association (MSA) recently presented Sen. John Proos with the organization's 2017 Legislator of the Year Award. New MSA president and Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey presented Proos with the award at the organization's annual fall conference.
November 1, 2017
n 2012, Michigan passed Proos' youth athlete concussion bills to protect young athletes by increasing awareness about the dangers of concussions. Since then, research and education have made significant strides to enhance the safety and health of student athletes and youth sports participants. Public Act 137 of 2017 requires the state to regularly review the concussion awareness training program and make recommendations that coincide with the latest research.
October 25, 2017
Michigan is the only Great Lakes state and one of only seven states that treats insurance coverage of IV and orally administered chemotherapy treatments differently. Senate Bill 492 would give insurance patients access to all forms of chemotherapy, regardless of how it is administered.
October 19, 2017
Michigan's driver responsibility fees unfairly punish drivers for violations that have already been penalized. The Senate has passed legislation to end the punitive fees and give relief to thousands of Michigan residents struggling to provide for their families.
October 18, 2017
Senate Bill 492, sponsored by Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, could guarantee thousands of Michigan residents have access to the most effective chemotherapy treatment to fight their cancer.
October 5, 2017
According to the most recent prison census, the total population in Michigan's prison system is now 39,991. It marks the first time the state's prison population has been below 40,000 since 1994. It is an illustration that Michigan's efforts to focus its criminal justice system on lowering recidivism and protecting the public are yielding positive results.
October 4, 2017
Drivers in Michigan are currently paying the country's third highest car insurance premiums, which are increasing four times faster than the national average. Proos supported car insurance reforms in 2015, and the Michigan House recently introduced a new auto insurance reform plan.
September 14, 2017
More than 1,600 Southwest Michigan residents participated in the telephone conference call and were able to express their priorities to the senator. Residents also asked Proos direct questions on a series of important issues facing Michigan, including auto insurance rates, school vouchers, criminal sentencing and public transportation.
August 31, 2017
Southwest Michigan residents are encouraged to participate in an online photo contest in an effort to help highlight the state's natural beauty and positive way of life. At the end of the contest, the winning photo will be displayed in the Michigan Capitol.
August 4, 2017
Stargazers can watch the annual Perseid meteor shower during "Meteors & S'mores" events at nearly 20 Michigan state parks Aug. 11-12. Warren Dunes State Park in Southwest Michigan will host its event on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 9 p.m. to midnight.
August 2, 2017
The Invasive Carp Challenge is about attracting new ideas to help inspire, create and enact an effective solution that will protect the Great Lakes from the catastrophic impact of an Asian carp invasion. The challenge will accept solutions in any phase of development specifically aimed at preventing invasive carp from moving into the Great Lakes.
July 25, 2017
In commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War, Proos will be hosting local ceremonies in Cassopolis on August 18th and in Centreville on September 22nd to give long overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families
July 20, 2017
Proos discusses his co-sponsorship of Senate Bill 492, which would ensure that cancer patients have access to all forms of chemotherapy, regardless of how it is administered.
July 19, 2017
Cybercriminals are increasingly using summer tax scams that include impersonating state or federal tax officials, claiming residents owe taxes and demanding immediate payment. Victims who refuse to pay the amount they are told they owe are often threatened with arrest or legal action.
July 14, 2017
A correlation can be drawn between the decrease in the state's prison population directly to the success in corrections programs and Michigan's problem-solving courts. As part of the bipartisan criminal justice reforms signed by the governor this year, Michigan increased support and use of these courts and required the collection of data to help evaluate their effectiveness.
July 14, 2017
In 2017, Berrien County has four projects that will give area residents and out-of-state tourists increased access to outdoor resources. Michigan's Natural Resources Trust Fund invests constitutionally restricted funds into creating vibrant parks and improving recreational opportunities.
July 14, 2017
In 2017, two St. Joseph County projects will give residents and tourists increased access to Michigan's great outdoors opportunities. Michigan's Natural Resources Trust Fund invests constitutionally restricted funds into creating vibrant parks and improving recreational opportunities.
June 27, 2017
Sen. John Proos is urging the federal government and the Army Corps of Engineers to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes after a silver carp was discovered less than 10 miles from Lake Michigan."Asian carp are a real and tremendous threat to our economy and the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem," said Proos, R-St. Joseph.
June 22, 2017
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, discusses the fiscal year 2018 budget, which includes several initiatives important to northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
June 6, 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, recently chatted with Michael Patrick Shiels about various issues making their way through state government, along with his philosophy when it comes to introducing bills.
June 2, 2017
Sen. Proos talks about Internet Safety Month - a time to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time online.
May 26, 2017
According to the late 2016 Business Outlook for West Michigan by the Upjohn Institute, leisure and hospitality sectors in Berrien County grew by more than 8 percent over the same period in 2015. Southwest Michigan offers families a wide variety of outstanding outdoor summer activities, and a summer getaway here in Michigan is a great way have fun with the entire family and also support the local economy.
May 19, 2017
Some people are stealing special markers on the graves of veterans and selling them to collectors or scrap metal dealers. Senate Bill 341 would crack down on the thefts by specifically making it illegal to "buy, receive or possess" a stolen veterans marker or memorial.
May 18, 2017
During National Police Week, the Senate approve legislation to create a fundraising license plate that would benefit the Thin Blue Line of Michigan. For each plate purchased, $25 would go the nonprofit organization, which provides financial and legal support for the families of law enforcement officers who are severely injured or killed in the line of duty.
May 17, 2017
A key factor in Michigan's skilled jobs gap is a lack of focus on training and education in fields where positions exist. Proos' legislation would allow students to receive a STEM certification as an incentive for taking additional courses and require schools to provide students with the most recent outlooks of in-demand occupations in their region.
May 15, 2017
A hearing will focus on what a funding formula for prisoners might look like. The administration continues to seek a $1,481 per-prisoner at-facility increase or a $2,058 per-prisoner total increase. Michigan needs a plan based on sound math and an accurate number of prisoners.
May 10, 2017
The governor's proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget includes increases over the current budget of $100 per student and $1,480 per prisoner. Proos said Michigan's prison population continues to decline, which is good news for the entire state, the dramatic spike in per-prisoner costs further illustrates that the state is funding empty beds and facilities.
May 2, 2017
Sen.Margaret O'Brien comments on her new bill that would make it illegal to perform female genital mutilation in Michigan. The felony crime would be punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment.