Audio Clips from members of the Senate Republican Caucus

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.
December 15, 2016
Michigan customers have paid more than $810 million for the construction of a permanent storage site, yet we continue to store waste at local nuclear plants. New technology exists that could greatly reduce the amount of waste needed to be stored and the time it must be isolated by almost 1,000 times.
December 13, 2016
The 2017 Natural Resources Trust Fund recommendations include a project to create a non-motorized pathway connecting three parks and two trailhead areas; one to develop roughly 20 acres in Watervliet into a park with a mile of Paw Paw River frontage; and two projects that would complete Michigan's portion of the 34-mile Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail.
December 13, 2016
The Natural Resources Trust Fund invests constitutionally restricted funds into vibrant parks and recreational resources to make Michigan a better place to live, work and raise a family. The 2017 recommendations include a project to extend the Three Rivers Health Trail and one to provide an accessible river trail route along the St. Joseph River.
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.
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.
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.
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.