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Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-Olive Township, joined other members of the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder for the signing of Senate Bill 401, now Public Act 92 of 2017, which provides future school employees with a competitive defined contribution plan and protects and secures existing retirement plans for current and former school employees on July 13, 2017.
July 13th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, honored the Lafarge Presque Isle Quarry with a signed tribute for their continued conservation efforts with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). For several years, the Lafarge Presque Isle Quarry has fostered a partnership with the Black Mountain Chapter of the NWTF to increase, maintain and manage upland habitats on quarry land. Stamas and Allor presented the tribute to Joe Heberling, Vicki McCoy and Tim Cordes with the Presque Isle Quarry and Pete Demos (right) with the NWTF.
July 10th 2017
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, looks on as Christopher Pawsat of Ingham County is sworn in to the Michigan National Guard. Also in attendance were state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, State Rep. Tom Barrett, R- Potterville and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.
July 6th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, attaches the steering column on a partially completed ValueShopper with the help of Production Manager Mike Henris and Jason O'Brien, who normally performs the task.
June 28th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stops for a photo on the completed ValueShopper scooter before it is wrapped and prepared for shipment.
June 28th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, joins Founder and Chairman Al Thieme and his wife Beth for a photo after the tour. Beth serves as the company's chief executive officer and vice president of commercial sales.
June 28th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, pay tribute to good Samaritans Jerry Burnham of Berrien Springs (center right) and Keith Pepple of Plainwell for coming to the aid of a state trooper under attack. After a pursuit, Michigan State Police Trooper Garry Guild (center) was attacked by two men. Upon witnessing the altercation, Burnham and Pepple stopped their vehicles, stopped the action and saved the trooper's life. Both Burnham and Pepple were presented with special tributes during Senate session with their families.
June 21st 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, and Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, pay tribute to good Samaritans Jerry Burnham of Berrien Springs (center right) and Keith Pepple of Plainwell for coming to the aid of a state trooper under attack. After a pursuit, Michigan State Police Trooper Garry Guild (center) was attacked by two men. Upon witnessing the altercation, Burnham and Pepple stopped their vehicles, stopped the action and saved the trooper's life. Both Burnham and Pepple were presented with special tributes during Senate session with their families.
June 21st 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed the commissioner of the Ontario Hockey League and officials from the Saginaw Spirit and Flint Firebirds to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Pictured from left: Dick Garber, Jr., owner of the Saginaw Spirit; Horn; Flint Firebirds Governor Rolf Nilsen; Stamas; Ontario Hockey League Commissioner David Branch; Craig Goslin, Saginaw Spirit president and managing partner; and Flint Firebirds President Costa Papista.
June 14th 2017
Sen. Marty Knollenberg welcomes a group of students from Bloomfield Hills to the Capitol for Tuesday's annual Deaf Education Day.
June 14th 2017
Sen. Marty Knollenberg speaks to attendees from the Capitol steps at the 2017 Deaf Education Day.
June 14th 2017
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, (standing, left) on Tuesday attended the governor's ceremonial bill signing of Senate Bill 102, Schmidt's legislation to allow certain personal property to be transferred to community foundations.
June 14th 2017
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, proudly welcomed the Rev. Harold DeMott to the Michigan Senate on Tuesday. Dr. DeMott serves as pastor at the Eaton Rapids Church of the Nazarene and delivered the invocation before the start of Senate session.
June 13th 2017
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, along with Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, welcomed East Kentwood High School math teacher Luke Wilcox to the Senate floor during Tuesday's session. Wilcox was recently named Michigan Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Department of Education.
June 13th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed the Rev. Kevin Eccles, his wife Melanie and their daughter to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Kevin serves as senior pastor at Monroe Free Methodist Church in Monroe and delivered the invocation before Senate session. Melanie serves as the church's associate pastor and joined her husband and Zorn for the invocation.
June 9th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed the Rev. Kevin Eccles, his wife Melanie and their daughter to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Kevin serves as senior pastor at Monroe Free Methodist Church in Monroe and delivered the invocation before Senate session. Melanie serves as the church's associate pastor and joined her husband and Zorn for the invocation.
June 9th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and Senate Education Chairman Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair, (center right) on Monday toured the Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry (SMCSI) Program in Hudson. The center, housed in a former manufacturing facility, provides 21st century education and training to high school students and adults through blended learning with the use of technology. Joining Zorn and Pavlov on the tour was Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, who serves as chairman of the Senate subcommittee reviewing the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC). Zorn serves on the subcommittee, which recently heard testimony from SMCSI Program Manager Dan Rogers and Hudson Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Osborne about the program.
June 8th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, takes questions on the newly signed MiThrive initiative after Gov. Rick Snyder gave the bills final approval Thursday afternoon.
June 8th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, along with Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, State Reps. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso and Vanessa Guerra, D-Saginaw and Saginaw County leaders watch as Gov. Rick Snyder signs the MiThrive Initiative into law.
June 8th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Senate colleagues from both sides of the aisle welcomed Michigan's Catholic bishops to the state Capitol on Wednesday. Among the bishops at the Capitol were Bishop Steven Raica of the Diocese of Gaylord and Bishop Joseph Cistone of the Diocese of Saginaw.
June 7th 2017
Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, welcomed Olympic gold medal winner Allison Schmitt to the Michigan Capitol as a special floor guest during the June 7, 2017 session in honor of her many Olympic accomplishments.
June 7th 2017
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, honored 2017 Frank Fitzgerald Public Service Award recipients Evan Ward (left) and Isaac Martin on Tuesday during Senate session. Named for the late Frank Fitzgerald, a state lawmaker in the 1980s and 1990s, the award recognizes talented young people active in Michigan government who have shown extraordinary dedication and a willingness to help others.
June 6th 2017
The Senate Committee on Health Policy, chaired by Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, heard testimony on Tuesday and approved legislation that would help curtail the rising opioid abuse epidemic in Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson counties and across the state.
June 6th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn and Britton Deerfield Schools district resident Scott Langmeyer (right) on Tuesday told the Senate Finance Committee about the need for Zorn's reform that would allow Michigan school districts to use sinking fund revenues to purchase school buses. Also testifying were Clinton Community Schools Superintendent Jim Cracraft, Britton Deerfield Schools Interim Superintendent Stacy Johnson, and Wayne RESA Transportation Director Kim Hooper of Onsted.
June 6th 2017
Clinton Community Schools Superintendent Jim Cracraft (left) and Britton Deerfield Schools Interim Superintendent Stacy Johnson on Tuesday told the Senate Finance Committee about the need for Sen. Dale Zorn's reform that would allow Michigan school districts to use sinking fund revenues to purchase school buses. Also testifying were Britton Deerfield Schools district resident Scott Langmeyer and Wayne RESA Transportation Director Kim Hooper of Onsted.
June 6th 2017
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, welcomed Livingston County veteran of the year Dwight Sachau (right) to the Capitol on May 25, 2017 as his guest for the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service.
May 26th 2017
Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, co- hosted a luncheon for 77 veterans following 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service.
May 26th 2017
Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, welcomed Roy and Julie Hinkson of Manistique to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers. Roy Hinkson served in the U.S. Army. While serving in Vietnam, Roy was shot 13 times and was awarded a Purple Heart.
May 26th 2017
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, Vincent (Tom) Oltesvig (right) and Cpl. Dennis Powers (left) paid tribute in the Senate Thursday to those who gave their lives defending our country. Oltesvig and Powers were Kowall's guests for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service.
May 26th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, welcomed the family of Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan John Burgess to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers. Burgess of Sanford was killed in Iraq in 2006. His family attended the ceremony with Gold Star families.
May 26th 2017

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