Audio Clips from members of the Senate Republican Caucus

June 21, 2018
:39
Watching fireworks during the Independence Day holiday is about as American as apple pie. Visitors to Proos' website can see a list of fireworks shows in more than a dozen communities in Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties.
June 14, 2018
1:09
The finalized 2019 state budget includes over $22.5 million more in revenue sharing to local governments to help support local services like police protection and firefighting. Over the past 10 budget years, revenue sharing in Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties has increased by 44 percent.
June 14, 2018
1:20
Senate Bill 343 requires schools to provide students with the most recent analysis of in-demand jobs their region. SB 344 would making Michigan the first state to allow students to receive a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) certification on their diploma or transcript as an incentive for taking additional STEM courses.
June 13, 2018
1:55
My colleagues and I in Lansing have worked hard in recent months to once again approve a balanced budget ahead of schedule. I am proud to announce that the Legislature has formally sent the final 2018-2019 budget to the governor for approval. This budget includes investments in roads, public safety and our schools, while also putting away money for the future needs of our state. I am proud to deliver this budget to Michigan's hardworking taxpayers.
June 13, 2018
1:58
The fiscal year 2019 state budget invests nearly $14.8 billion in K-12 education - including a foundation allowance increase of between $120 and $240 per pupil, dedicates an extra $330 million into fixing the roads, and builds on the success of the recent criminal justice reforms.
June 11, 2018
1:08
Drivers in Michigan are currently paying the nation's highest car insurance rates, and the Senate has taken a step in the right direction to make long-overdue reforms. Senate Bill 1014 would reform Michigan's auto no-fault insurance law, and SB 787 would allow Michigan residents age 65 or older the option to choose a capped auto- insurance policy
June 7, 2018
:27
We in the 32nd District are blessed to have the beautiful Great Lakes Bay Region right in our back yards. Twice a year - once in the summer and once in the winter - the state waives all licensing fees for residents and nonresidents alike for a weekend. These free fishing weekends allow everyone to enjoy the world-class fishing opportunities our state has to offer. Though licensing fees are waived, all regulations still apply. Entry fees for state public boating access sites, state parks and recreation areas are also waived. Whether you're on a river in Saginaw County or a lake in Genesee County, there are endless opportunities to get out with the family and enjoy this timeless pastime. For more information, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.Michigan.gov/FreeFishing
June 7, 2018
:28
"Michigan's annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend provides an outstanding opportunity for families to introduce the joy of fishing to children or to just get away from the stress of life and relax in the Michigan outdoors," said Proos, R-St. Joseph. "I encourage Southwest Michigan anglers - and those who have never gone fishing - to take advantage of this annual celebration of one of Michigan's premier outdoor activities this weekend."
June 7, 2018
:27
"From fishing on our 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes to riding on 3,700 miles of route trails to just enjoying time with family in one of our state parks, this weekend offers great opportunities for residents to have fun in Michigan's great outdoors," Zorn said.
June 7, 2018
:19
OK2SAY connects tip providers to the state police, who assess the situation and then refer the information to the appropriate school officials or law enforcement. Senate Bill 991 would ensure that the state police have the contact information for a school official who can receive critical information at any time.
June 7, 2018
:31
The Senate-passed school safety package includes Senate Bill 959, which requires the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) to develop statewide training standards for active-violence situations in schools.
June 6, 2018
:22
LANSING, Mich.-State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, encouraged 28th Senate District residents to participate in the Department of Natural Resources summer free fishing weekend, this Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Fishing license fees will be waived Saturday and Sunday for all fish species on all bodies of water for all residents and out-of-state guests. Visit Michigan.gov/freefishing for more information.
June 6, 2018
1:15
The FY 2019 budget agreements for the Department of Corrections and the Judiciary focus on protecting the public, improving efficiency, reinvesting in important job- training opportunities and continuing support for the state's criminal justice reforms. The agreement also includes $2 million for a new enhanced food technology program to help train prisoners for jobs in the food service industry.
June 6, 2018
:23
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, encouraged Kalamazoo County residents to participate in the Department of Natural Resources summer free fishing weekend, this Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Fishing license fees will be waived Saturday and Sunday for all fish species on all bodies of water for all residents and out-of-state guests. Visit Michigan.gov/freefishing for more information.
June 6, 2018
:26
Michiganders are fortunate to never be too far from a body of water. Twice a year - once in the summer and once in the winter - the state waives all licensing fees for residents and nonresidents alike for a weekend. These free fishing weekends allow everyone to enjoy the world-class fishing opportunities our state has to offer. Anglers of all ages can get outdoors and enjoy Pure Michigan. Though licensing fees are waived, all regulations still apply. Entry fees for state public boating access sites, state parks and recreation areas are also waived. For more information, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.Michigan.gov/FreeFishing.
May 31, 2018
:24
The Michigan Senate has approved legislation to fully fund and implement the governor's $100 million "Marshall Plan for Talent." Senate Bills 941 and 942 would invest in new competency-based education programs, equipment for the program and career and technology education, student scholarships, career exploration tools and more.
May 24, 2018
1:06
Memorial Day is a time to remember those who selflessly gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that you and I were able to enjoy the freedoms Americans are blessed with. It is also a time when many Michiganders choose to enjoy those freedoms by taking a vacation and getting away from their busy lives. I want to remind residents to stay safe this holiday and to take the time to participate in a parade or event that honors our country's fallen soldiers.
May 23, 2018
6:22
LANSING, Mich.- Sen.O'Brien, recently spoke with WJR radio on updates to legislation under consideration that would combat sexual assault and strengthen protections for crime victims in the state of Michigan.
May 17, 2018
3:12
LANSING, Mich. - State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, spoke with Detroit Public Radio on Wednesday, in reaction to news that a settlement was reached between Michigan State University and survivors of Larry Nassar's crimes.
May 17, 2018
:37
LANSING, Mich. - Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, spoke from the Senate chamber on Thursday in support of reforms he sponsored that would end the burdensome and costly Health Insurance Claims Assessment, more commonly known as HICA, while adequately funding Michigan's Medicaid program. The long-term funding solution would provide substantial relief to both businesses and consumers while meeting federal obligations.
May 16, 2018
:54
I was happy to hear today's news that the state's revenues are up from the projections earlier this year. This gives us a bit more flexibility as we continue through the budget process in the next few weeks. I look forward to working with my colleagues to come up with a plan for the money, whether it is funding crucial programs at a higher rate, paying down debt, or saving the money for future needs and investments.
May 16, 2018
:47
Sen.O'Brien discussed the Address Confidentiality Program with Detroit Public Radio on Tuesday, May 15. The program, which was approved by the Senate on Tuesday, would enable survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to hide their home address from offenders.
May 16, 2018
:42
This was a true example of how the process is supposed to work. The outdated law was brought to my attention by a constituent at a recent coffee hours. When the original law discounting registration fees for handicap accessible vehicles was written, only vans were capable of being modified to be handicap-accessible, so only vans are able to receive a discounted fee. While legislators I'm sure had good intent, times change and laws need to keep up. Modern technology allows other vehicles, including pickup trucks, to be modified with hand controls or a wheelchair lift and should also qualify for a discounted rate as well. I was happy to see this measure supported by my colleagues and the governor alike.
May 10, 2018
:42
This was something that was suggested to us by the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force. Members of the task force spent a great deal of time and effort studying the issue from all aspects and limiting the use of drones on Mackinac Island was one thing that gained traction. The report specifically cites Mackinac Island as an area that should be protected because instances of drones startling horses has created a safety concern. These horses typically do well around crowds of people, but anyone can see that a frightened horse mixed with a crowd of people is bad news. I think there is a valid safety concern there and this bill seeks to remedy that so everyone can safely enjoy one of Michigan's busiest and oldest tourist attractions.
May 9, 2018
1:12
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, discusses the Mackinac County Road Commission's recent announcement that the county will see a $1,010,000 investment in its roadways after a deal was reached between local townships, the county board and the county road commission.
May 3, 2018
:37
The Michigan Senate passed next year's state budget. The balanced budget reduces costs to taxpayers by more than $250 million while still increasing the state rainy day fund to almost $1 billion.
May 3, 2018
1:40
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, applauds the Senate for approving the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget which includes record K-12 funding increases, investments in public safety by hiring 50 new troopers, training 80 additional troopers and adding corrections officers to our state's prisons. Also, with this budget, the Legislature will have added an accumulative investment of $2.1 billion to our roads since 2017.
April 26, 2018
1:23
The Senate approved increased funding to make critical school safety improvements and help prevent school tragedies. Senate Bill 601 includes $15 million for competitive grants for schools to buy technology and equipment or conduct school assessments to enhance security and an additional $500,000 to promote Michigan's OK2SAY hotline.
April 25, 2018
:37
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.