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State Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, and colleagues stand in the Senate chamber on Thursday in honor of National Skip the Straw Day, held every year on the fourth Friday in February. A student group at Whitehall Middle School known as the Coral Keepers - along with their advisor, Susan Tate - founded National Skip the Straw Day this year to encourage Americans to "give up the straw habit" and to help spread awareness about the damage caused by disposable plastic straws.
February 23rd 2017
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, was named 2016 Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) on Friday. MDA President Dr. Larry DeGroat of South Lyon presented the award to Jones in recognition of his efforts to make dental cone beam computer tomography (CT) available to dentists. CT is a new type of X-ray equipment that provides 3-D images of a section of teeth, tissue and nerves in a single scan, reducing radiation exposure and pain for the patient.
February 21st 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed the Rev. Corey Simon to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Simon serves as pastor at Ida United Methodist Church in Ida and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
February 21st 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed Kaitlyn Colyer to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Kaitlyn, a junior at Coldwater High School, job shadowed Shirkey throughout the day.
February 21st 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed third-grade students from Sharp Park Elementary School in Jackson to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Shirkey emphasized the importance of reading and read aloud to the students from one of his favorite short stories.
February 17th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed the Rev. Timothy Cook to the Michigan Senate on Tuesday. Father Cook is the presiding priest at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Saginaw and delivered the invocation before the start of Senate session.
February 14th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth joins Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, in welcoming the Rev. Timothy Cook of Saginaw to the Michigan Senate. Cook began the day's session by delivering the Senate invocation.
February 14th 2017
The Michigan Senate gathered together on the Senate floor after session on Tuesday to celebrate Organ Donor Registry Day in a bipartisan effort to raise awareness about registering to become an organ donor. Sen. Morris Hood III, D-Detroit, (center right) and Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, (center left) sponsored Senate Resolution 14 to declare Valentine's Day as Organ Donor Registry Day in the state of Michigan.
February 14th 2017
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, listens as former Michigan State Police Director of Forensic Science, and cousin of Billy Kochis, John Collins, testifies in support of Senate Bill 80 before the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The bill would help empower law enforcement by closing a loophole that prevents them from administering drug tests or from obtaining drug test results on at-fault motorists in traffic accidents that lead to serious injury or death.
February 14th 2017
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, received the Senator of the Year award for 2016 from the Michigan Information & Research Service Inc. (MIRS) on Feb. 14, 2017 in the Michigan Senate. Presenting Nofs with the award was John T. Reurink (left), publisher and co-owner of MIRS, and Kyle Melinn (right), news editor and co-owner of MIRS.
February 14th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed Dr. Melvin Hitchens to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Hitchens, pastor of Community African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jackson, delivered the daily invocation before the start of the Senate session. Also pictured is Hitchens' wife Gina.
February 9th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed Dr. Melvin Hitchens to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Hitchens, pastor of Community African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jackson, delivered the daily invocation before the start of the Senate session. Also pictured is Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (right).
February 9th 2017
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, (left) welcomed Pastor Steve Habusta from the Sault Ste. Marie E-Free Church to the Senate Tuesday morning to offer the invocation.
February 7th 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn R-Frankenmuth stands at the podium with members of the MIThrive Coalition and his Senate colleagues during a press conference introducing the newly updated MIThrive initiative in Michigan.
February 7th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Connie Carroll, executive director of the United Way of Monroe/Lenawee Counties, to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Carroll was visiting Lansing for the Michigan Association of United Ways and Michigan 2-1-1 Legislative Day.
February 7th 2017
State Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, (center right) joined Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (seated), Sen. Rebekah Warren (center left), representatives from the Autism Alliance of Michigan, Michigan Association of Health Plans, students and faculty from Western Michigan University, and legislative staff, for a ceremonial signing of Senate Bills 1015 and 1016 on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.
February 7th 2017
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, stands for a photo with her guest, Rev. Brian Vos (right) of Trinity United Reformed Church in Caledonia, his wife Deb, and their children after Vos delivered the invocation before Senate session on Wednesday.
February 7th 2017
State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, welcomed students and faculty from Bay College, located in Escanaba, to the Senate on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.
February 7th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and Lenawee Now Executive Director Jim Van Doren (right) testify before the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee on Zorn's legislation to help spur business investment in Michigan border communities.
February 2nd 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomed the Bronson High School 2016 Class C state champion girls volleyball team to the Capitol on Thursday. Joining Shirkey and the team were coaches Jean LaClair, Brooke Pyles, and Sarah Grant.
February 2nd 2017
Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (third from right) and Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., D-East Lansing, (11th from right) on Thursday welcomed to Kowall's Capitol office U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran Gary Quinn (ninth from right), Quinn's wife Karen (fifth from right), the Quinns' family and friends, and Michigan National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais (seventh from left) and his wife Leanne (in front of Vadnais).
February 2nd 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed the Rev. Chris Peddie to the state Capitol on Tuesday. Peddie is the senior pastor at Lakeside Family Church in Stevensville and delivered the invocation before Senate session. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley joined Proos and Peddie for the invocation.
January 31st 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed the Rev. Chris Peddie and his daughter Alex to the state Capitol on Tuesday. Peddie is the senior pastor at Lakeside Family Church in Stevensville and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
January 31st 2017
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, joined Sens. Tonya Schuitmaker, Rebekah Warren and Margaret O'Brien at the Capitol to show their support for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women initiative. Go Red for Women is a national movement dedicated to increasing awareness about heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in women in the U.S.
January 31st 2017
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, (center left) poses on the Senate floor with, from left, Sens. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, and Margaret O'Brien, R- Kalamazoo, after the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 9.
January 31st 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed U.S. Army veteran William T. Bruck to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Bruck is a 24-year veteran of the armed forces and served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He owns Visiting Angels of Monroe, a national provider of in-home care for the elderly, and was at the Capitol as part of a visit by Monroe Community College, where he serves as a trustee.
January 26th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Monroe Community College students, staff and trustees to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday.
January 26th 2017
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, addresses the crowd at the celebration of Michigan's 180 years of statehood.
January 26th 2017
Senate Majority Leader Arlan meekhof, R-West Olive, joins with state leaders and guests in the Capitol rotunda to celebrate Michigan's 180 years of statehood.
January 26th 2017
Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, welcomed Pastor Steve Smail (middle) and his wife Sharon to the Michigan Senate on Tuesday. Smail, pastor of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Plainwell, delivered the invocation at the start of the Senate session.
January 24th 2017

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