Audio Clips from members of the Senate Republican Caucus
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.
January 3, 2018
More than 6,000 miles of groomed trails make scenic and snowy Michigan a great place to snowmobile, but riders must remember safety first.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, discusses his recent visit with the St. Joseph County Conservation and Sportsman Club
January 3, 2018
he St. Joseph County Conservation and Sportsman Club was established in 1937 to promote conservation, fishing and hunting and the safe, ethical participation in the shooting sports.
January 2, 2018
When applying for public assistance in Michigan, a parent must disclose the identity of the other biological parent, if known. Under the policy, an exemption is made for rape victims. Senate Bill 650 would ensure that applicants know that they do not need to disclose the biological father's identity if the child was conceived due to rape by that parent.
December 28, 2017
Senate Bills 180-183 make various updates and changes to Michigan law regarding child care licensure to comply with new federal requirements. The bills require all child care licensees, staff, volunteers and household members to undergo criminal background checks.
December 20, 2017
'Tis the season for scammers and cybercriminals. Although the internet has increased convenience for shoppers, it has also made it easier for scam artists to commit financial or identification crimes. By taking a few simple steps, residents can protect their valuable personal information.
December 19, 2017
Fourth- and fifth-graders in Michigan have the opportunity to get up to three free lift tickets to 25 participating ski areas in the state under a program by the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association.
December 7, 2017
Students from Upton Middle School in St. Joseph met with Proos during their participation in the 17th Annual Student Technology Showcase at the Capitol. The showcase featured exhibits from more than 30 schools providing hands-on demonstrations of how technology is being used in Michigan classrooms to enhance learning.
December 7, 2017
The Michigan Senate unanimously approved legislation to implement the recommendations of the governor's bipartisan Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force in an effort to help local governments address an $18.8 billion pension and retirement health care unfunded liability.
December 1, 2017
As part of an effort to meet the workforce needs of a growing economy, new legislation would help ensure that every Michigan student has the tools necessary to explore exciting new career options and make the best educational decisions for their future. Senate Bills 684 and 685 would create a talent portfolio, improve student educational development plans and implement career exploration and job readiness.
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.