Audio Clips from members of the Senate Republican Caucus
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, discusses bill aimed at attracting new jobs to Michigan's border communities.
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.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, highlights bill to crack down on those stealing veterans grave markers.
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.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, talks about his new bill that would give residents access to more library resources.
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.
September 13, 2016
Senate Bills 995-998 would promote autonomous vehicle research and development in the state. The measures would update Michigan's current autonomous vehicle laws to allow auto makers, suppliers and all other businesses to engage in "real world" testing and operation to determine the technology needed to safely introduce these vehicles into the marketplace.
September 8, 2016
Joined by Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey and courthouse Chaplain Brian Hall, Proos offered a memorial resolution in honor of Chief Bailiff Joseph Zangaro and Bailiff Ron Kienzle. The bailiffs were killed at the Berrien County Courthouse in July while trying to subdue an inmate who had gained possession of a firearm.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, honors America's first responders in advance of the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
September 8, 2016
Proos said that our firefighters, police officers and EMS and brave soldiers, sailors and airmen put on a uniform every day to keep our nation safe and keep our communities safe. We are truly blessed to have amazing and selfless officers who serve to protect us.
September 7, 2016
Hansen reminds residents to take basic safety precautions when heading out to hunt in Michigan's great outdoors.
September 7, 2016
Senate Bill 727 was approved by the Senate and now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. The bill that would allow dogs to accompany pet owners at participating restaurants' outdoor dining areas.
August 31, 2016
A joint committee heard testimony that state criminal justice efforts have had a significant impact on improving public safety in Michigan, although the state still has three of the top ten most dangerous cities in the nation. The Secure Cities Partnership has been a key part of reducing violent crime in Flint and Saginaw by at least 40 percent - part of an overall drop in violent crime statewide.
August 26, 2016
Criminals are using a cloned Department of Treasury office telephone number out of Grand Rapids to call residents, claim they owe money and that they must pay it promptly by a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses, they are threatened with arrest.
August 22, 2016
The Senate Appropriations subcommittees on Corrections and State Police will hold a joint meeting on Wednesday to discuss public safety in Michigan. The hearing will highlight the Secure Cities program and additional criminal justice efforts the state is taking to reduce crime and keep Michigan residents safe.
August 10, 2016
Public Acts 183-184 of 2016 allow Michigan residents to make voluntary donations to help support the American Red Cross by simply checking off a box on their state income tax form. Donations from the checkoff will go into the new American Red Cross Michigan Fund and then be distributed to all the Michigan chapters of the Red Cross.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, discusses Michigan leading the nation in new prisoner education program
August 4, 2016
Proos led a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing about the state being selected to lead the nation in a federal pilot program allowing prisoners in select facilities to take courses through three Michigan community colleges. Michigan was awarded the most positions in the nation. Jackson College, Delta College and Mott Community College were approved for the program, with Jackson College being the single largest award recipient in the country.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, supports increasing penalties for assaulting a person with a disability.
July 22, 2016
People with disabilities are among our most vulnerable citizens, and we owe it to them and our entire society to crack down hard on someone who would knowingly assault a person with special needs.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, discusses 2016 Legislator of the Year award from Michigan treatment court professionals.
July 19, 2016
Proos was recently named 2016 Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals (MATCP) in recognition of his dedication and assistance to treatment courts throughout the state.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, encourages residents to use library cards to check out Michigan's state parks.
July 12, 2016
The second annual Michigan Activity Pass program allows library cardholders to print a free, one-day pass to use at 102 state parks or 138 state forest campgrounds. The program also offers free or discounted admission to 170 historical and cultural destinations throughout the state.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, congratulates DOC Director Washington on her first year, touts Vocational Village program
July 6, 2016
The Vocational Village program is designed to help keep prisoners from returning to prison after they are released. The program offers instruction in carpentry, plumbing, electrical and welding for prisoners who are nearing their release date.
July 5, 2016
Under Proos' Thank a Farmer initiative, residents can visit Proos' website to contribute letters of appreciation to area farmers and also describe their favorite thing about Southwest Michigan produce. Proos' office will then forward the comments to farmers throughout the region.
June 30, 2016
Aquatic invasive species, such as Asian carp, pose a real threat to Michigan natural resources and economy. Senate Resolution 184 encourages residents to observe Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week on July 3-9. The week is a time to remind the public of the critical role they can play in the fight against aquatic invasive species.
June 29, 2016
On July 4, America will celebrate its 240th birthday. It is a time for us to treasure our freedoms, honor our country and remember the declaration more than two centuries ago that changed the world
June 23, 2016
Gov. Rick Snyder signed Proos' bill allowing judges to treat more juvenile cases using a consent calendar (or informal proceeding) and give judges more flexibility to find more age-appropriate penalties for young offenders.
June 17, 2016
Unfunded liabilities, also known as legacy costs, are the difference between the retirement benefits promised to or earned by public employees and the amount of funds available to provide them. Senate Bill 292 would help ensure future leaders continue to protect retiree' pensions as well as the fiscal health of the state.
June 9, 2016
The Michigan Senate has finalized a Fiscal Year 2017 budget plan that increases support for education and public safety while also strengthening the state's finances. It includes many of the goals of the Senate's bipartisan criminal justice reform package, which is designed to help reduce recidivism and prison costs while keeping Michigan communities safe.
June 9, 2016
The bipartisan legislation that would reform the state's criminal justice system so that it keeps residents safe, reduces costs to taxpayers and helps break the cycle of incarceration.