Audio Clips from members of the Senate Republican Caucus

December 5, 2018
1:05
I was happy to vote to support moving forward with legislation allowing construction of a utility tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The original version of Senate Bill 1197 tasked the Mackinac Bridge Authority with responsibility for the tunnel. Over the last few days, I have had many discussions and folks from my district have voiced their concerns with previous versions of the bill. I sponsored an amendment to the legislation that would remove the bridge authority from bearing any responsibility for the tunnel and place that job in the hands of the newly created Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority. Many folks in my district rely on propane coming through Line 5, and I believe this is the best way to ensure residents get the supplies they need, while also doing our best to keep the Great Lakes safe.
November 29, 2018
:51
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has announced that two-thirds of Michigan adults are now registered as organ donors. In January 2011, only 27 percent of eligible Michigan residents were registered organ donors. Proos sponsored Lauren's Law with the goal of helping dramatically increase the number of registered organ donors in Michigan.
November 29, 2018
:60
Senate Bill 579 would help small spirit producers succeed, promote Michigan's agriculture industry, and encourage entrepreneurship and job creation in the state's burgeoning craft distilling industry.
November 26, 2018
:48
Michigan winters can be harsh, and now is a good time to remind area residents that winter heating assistance may be available through programs offered by the state, utility companies and community organizations.
November 2, 2018
:42
The Michigan State Police has announced that Southwest Michigan schools have been awarded over $1.4 million in grants to make important safety improvements. The Legislature dedicated $25 million in the state budget for competitive grants to help improve the safety and security of school buildings through the purchase of technology and equipment.
October 3, 2018
:35
The state of Michigan and Enbridge Energy announced an agreement that will lead to major safety enhancements along the entire length of the Line 5 pipeline crossing the state, permanently shut down the current segment that crosses the Straits of Mackinac, and construct a multi-use utility tunnel beneath the straits. All costs for the tunnel will be paid by Enbridge.
October 2, 2018
:55
In Michigan, voters must be registered one month before an election. For the Nov. 6 general election, that means residents need to be registered by Oct. 9.
September 26, 2018
:58
Michigan's unemployment rate is the lowest in nearly 18 years, yet thousands of jobs throughout the state remain unfilled because employers cannot find enough skilled workers. Proos cosponsored Public Act 260 of 2018 to put the Going Pro Talent Program into state law. The program helps job providers train Michigan workers in an effort to meet growing demands for talent.
September 13, 2018
1:21
Senate Bill 1051 would require the governor to submit a budget for the upcoming fiscal year and the following fiscal year that includes anticipated state revenues, estimates of year-end unrestricted fund balances, and line-item details on specific spending categories. The reform builds on the initiatives Proos has fought for throughout his time in the Legislature.
September 11, 2018
:57
The Michigan Natural Resources Commission recently adopted new regulations aimed at stopping the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) - a deadly neurological disease found in deer, elk and moose. In addition, Michigan law now prohibits hunters from bringing certain parts of a deer carcass into Michigan from out of state. The law exempts certain parts that do not pose a CWD risk, such as hides, deboned meat, finished taxidermy items and antlers.
September 6, 2018
1:05
House Bill 5377 would establish an objective, evidence-based parole policy in Michigan. The legislation would require that denial of parole for a prisoner who has a high probability of parole, as determined by the guidelines, must be for a substantial and compelling objective reason. The bill also requires an annual report to the Legislature detailing prisoner and parole numbers and reasons for parole denials.
July 11, 2018
1:10
Public Act 281 of 2018 codifies an executive order and establishes the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board in state law. The board will advise lawmakers on domestic and sexual violence and recommend solutions to improve the conditions for victims. The new law builds on Proos' efforts with Erin's Law to help prevent the sexual abuse of children in Michigan.
July 5, 2018
:45
Southwest Michigan residents will be able to make voluntary donations on their state tax returns to help support foster kids scholarships, two nonprofit foundations and a fund for a World War II memorial under bills recently sign by the governor
June 29, 2018
1:18
The governor has signed Proos' bills to require schools to provide students with the most recent analysis of in-demand jobs their region and to make Michigan the first state to allow students to receive a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) certification on their diploma or transcript.
June 21, 2018
:39
Watching fireworks during the Independence Day holiday is about as American as apple pie. Visitors to Proos' website can see a list of fireworks shows in more than a dozen communities in Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties.
June 14, 2018
1:09
The finalized 2019 state budget includes over $22.5 million more in revenue sharing to local governments to help support local services like police protection and firefighting. Over the past 10 budget years, revenue sharing in Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties has increased by 44 percent.
June 14, 2018
1:20
Senate Bill 343 requires schools to provide students with the most recent analysis of in-demand jobs their region. SB 344 would making Michigan the first state to allow students to receive a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) certification on their diploma or transcript as an incentive for taking additional STEM courses.
June 13, 2018
1:55
My colleagues and I in Lansing have worked hard in recent months to once again approve a balanced budget ahead of schedule. I am proud to announce that the Legislature has formally sent the final 2018-2019 budget to the governor for approval. This budget includes investments in roads, public safety and our schools, while also putting away money for the future needs of our state. I am proud to deliver this budget to Michigan's hardworking taxpayers.
June 13, 2018
1:58
The fiscal year 2019 state budget invests nearly $14.8 billion in K-12 education - including a foundation allowance increase of between $120 and $240 per pupil, dedicates an extra $330 million into fixing the roads, and builds on the success of the recent criminal justice reforms.
June 11, 2018
1:08
Drivers in Michigan are currently paying the nation's highest car insurance rates, and the Senate has taken a step in the right direction to make long-overdue reforms. Senate Bill 1014 would reform Michigan's auto no-fault insurance law, and SB 787 would allow Michigan residents age 65 or older the option to choose a capped auto- insurance policy
June 7, 2018
:27
We in the 32nd District are blessed to have the beautiful Great Lakes Bay Region right in our back yards. Twice a year - once in the summer and once in the winter - the state waives all licensing fees for residents and nonresidents alike for a weekend. These free fishing weekends allow everyone to enjoy the world-class fishing opportunities our state has to offer. Though licensing fees are waived, all regulations still apply. Entry fees for state public boating access sites, state parks and recreation areas are also waived. Whether you're on a river in Saginaw County or a lake in Genesee County, there are endless opportunities to get out with the family and enjoy this timeless pastime. For more information, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.Michigan.gov/FreeFishing
June 7, 2018
:28
"Michigan's annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend provides an outstanding opportunity for families to introduce the joy of fishing to children or to just get away from the stress of life and relax in the Michigan outdoors," said Proos, R-St. Joseph. "I encourage Southwest Michigan anglers - and those who have never gone fishing - to take advantage of this annual celebration of one of Michigan's premier outdoor activities this weekend."
June 7, 2018
:27
"From fishing on our 36,000 miles of rivers and 11,000 inland lakes to riding on 3,700 miles of route trails to just enjoying time with family in one of our state parks, this weekend offers great opportunities for residents to have fun in Michigan's great outdoors," Zorn said.
June 7, 2018
:19
OK2SAY connects tip providers to the state police, who assess the situation and then refer the information to the appropriate school officials or law enforcement. Senate Bill 991 would ensure that the state police have the contact information for a school official who can receive critical information at any time.
June 7, 2018
:31
The Senate-passed school safety package includes Senate Bill 959, which requires the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) to develop statewide training standards for active-violence situations in schools.
June 6, 2018
:22
LANSING, Mich.-State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, encouraged 28th Senate District residents to participate in the Department of Natural Resources summer free fishing weekend, this Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Fishing license fees will be waived Saturday and Sunday for all fish species on all bodies of water for all residents and out-of-state guests. Visit Michigan.gov/freefishing for more information.
June 6, 2018
1:15
The FY 2019 budget agreements for the Department of Corrections and the Judiciary focus on protecting the public, improving efficiency, reinvesting in important job- training opportunities and continuing support for the state's criminal justice reforms. The agreement also includes $2 million for a new enhanced food technology program to help train prisoners for jobs in the food service industry.
June 6, 2018
:23
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, encouraged Kalamazoo County residents to participate in the Department of Natural Resources summer free fishing weekend, this Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Fishing license fees will be waived Saturday and Sunday for all fish species on all bodies of water for all residents and out-of-state guests. Visit Michigan.gov/freefishing for more information.
June 6, 2018
:26
Michiganders are fortunate to never be too far from a body of water. Twice a year - once in the summer and once in the winter - the state waives all licensing fees for residents and nonresidents alike for a weekend. These free fishing weekends allow everyone to enjoy the world-class fishing opportunities our state has to offer. Anglers of all ages can get outdoors and enjoy Pure Michigan. Though licensing fees are waived, all regulations still apply. Entry fees for state public boating access sites, state parks and recreation areas are also waived. For more information, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.Michigan.gov/FreeFishing.
May 31, 2018
:24
The Michigan Senate has approved legislation to fully fund and implement the governor's $100 million "Marshall Plan for Talent." Senate Bills 941 and 942 would invest in new competency-based education programs, equipment for the program and career and technology education, student scholarships, career exploration tools and more.
May 24, 2018
1:06
Memorial Day is a time to remember those who selflessly gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that you and I were able to enjoy the freedoms Americans are blessed with. It is also a time when many Michiganders choose to enjoy those freedoms by taking a vacation and getting away from their busy lives. I want to remind residents to stay safe this holiday and to take the time to participate in a parade or event that honors our country's fallen soldiers.
May 23, 2018
6:22
LANSING, Mich.- Sen.O'Brien, recently spoke with WJR radio on updates to legislation under consideration that would combat sexual assault and strengthen protections for crime victims in the state of Michigan.
May 17, 2018
3:12
LANSING, Mich. - State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, spoke with Detroit Public Radio on Wednesday, in reaction to news that a settlement was reached between Michigan State University and survivors of Larry Nassar's crimes.
May 17, 2018
:37
LANSING, Mich. - Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, spoke from the Senate chamber on Thursday in support of reforms he sponsored that would end the burdensome and costly Health Insurance Claims Assessment, more commonly known as HICA, while adequately funding Michigan's Medicaid program. The long-term funding solution would provide substantial relief to both businesses and consumers while meeting federal obligations.
May 16, 2018
:54
I was happy to hear today's news that the state's revenues are up from the projections earlier this year. This gives us a bit more flexibility as we continue through the budget process in the next few weeks. I look forward to working with my colleagues to come up with a plan for the money, whether it is funding crucial programs at a higher rate, paying down debt, or saving the money for future needs and investments.
May 16, 2018
:47
Sen.O'Brien discussed the Address Confidentiality Program with Detroit Public Radio on Tuesday, May 15. The program, which was approved by the Senate on Tuesday, would enable survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to hide their home address from offenders.
May 16, 2018
:42
This was a true example of how the process is supposed to work. The outdated law was brought to my attention by a constituent at a recent coffee hours. When the original law discounting registration fees for handicap accessible vehicles was written, only vans were capable of being modified to be handicap-accessible, so only vans are able to receive a discounted fee. While legislators I'm sure had good intent, times change and laws need to keep up. Modern technology allows other vehicles, including pickup trucks, to be modified with hand controls or a wheelchair lift and should also qualify for a discounted rate as well. I was happy to see this measure supported by my colleagues and the governor alike.
May 10, 2018
:42
This was something that was suggested to us by the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force. Members of the task force spent a great deal of time and effort studying the issue from all aspects and limiting the use of drones on Mackinac Island was one thing that gained traction. The report specifically cites Mackinac Island as an area that should be protected because instances of drones startling horses has created a safety concern. These horses typically do well around crowds of people, but anyone can see that a frightened horse mixed with a crowd of people is bad news. I think there is a valid safety concern there and this bill seeks to remedy that so everyone can safely enjoy one of Michigan's busiest and oldest tourist attractions.
May 9, 2018
1:12
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, discusses the Mackinac County Road Commission's recent announcement that the county will see a $1,010,000 investment in its roadways after a deal was reached between local townships, the county board and the county road commission.
May 3, 2018
:37
The Michigan Senate passed next year's state budget. The balanced budget reduces costs to taxpayers by more than $250 million while still increasing the state rainy day fund to almost $1 billion.
May 3, 2018
1:40
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, applauds the Senate for approving the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget which includes record K-12 funding increases, investments in public safety by hiring 50 new troopers, training 80 additional troopers and adding corrections officers to our state's prisons. Also, with this budget, the Legislature will have added an accumulative investment of $2.1 billion to our roads since 2017.
April 26, 2018
1:23
The Senate approved increased funding to make critical school safety improvements and help prevent school tragedies. Senate Bill 601 includes $15 million for competitive grants for schools to buy technology and equipment or conduct school assessments to enhance security and an additional $500,000 to promote Michigan's OK2SAY hotline.
April 25, 2018
:37
Suits and Sneakers has been raising awareness and money for cancer research for two decades. It was originally geared toward basketball coaches, but soon spread to numerous professions. I am proud to have once again joined my colleagues in bringing attention to cancer and cancer research and standing in support of the brave individuals fighting this battle.
April 25, 2018
1:07
Proos was nominated by Gift of Life Michigan for the Shining Star Award, which honors exceptional dedication, outstanding support, novel partnerships or extraordinary efforts in the area of organ, tissue and eye donor awareness. In January 2017, the governor signed Proos' measure, "Lauren's Law," in an effort to help increase the number of registered organ donors in Michigan.
April 25, 2018
:41
It was my honor to join dozens of elected officials, law enforcement officers, advocates, friends and family members of victims and victims themselves Wednesday evening at the state Capitol to celebrate the 30th annual Michigan Crime Victims Vigil. The annual event, hosted by the Crime Victim Foundation, serves as an opportunity to recognize the perils faced by victims and their families and how the state can help. I also introduced Senate Resolution 156 during Wednesday's session which recognizes and acknowledges the importance of crime victims' rights here in Michigan. SR 156 had a host of bipartisan co-sponsors and was unanimously adopted by the Senate.
April 24, 2018
1:05
Scouting allows young adults an opportunity to learn about the importance of hard work, serving your community along with countless other valuable, life-saving skills. It was my pleasure to welcome all of the eager young scouts, as well as senior members and parents to the state Capitol in Lansing. My colleagues and I certainly enjoyed the visit as well as the update on what the organization is doing.
April 20, 2018
7:53
The Michigan State Waterways Commission (MSWC) recently passed Resolution 02-2018-01, which recommended the Legislature pursue an effort to require the registration, with a new fee, of all rigid-hulled kayaks, canoes and paddleboards eight feet or longer. Currently, such vessels are exempt from registration fees when used recreationally. I recently sponsored Resolution 153, which formally opposes the recent MSWC recommendation. I will fight any legislative effort to impose such fees on Michiganders enjoying our state's beautiful resources.
April 18, 2018
:25
The Michigan State Waterways Commission (MSWC) recently passed Resolution 02-2018-01, which recommended the Legislature pursue an effort to require the registration, with a new fee, of all rigid-hulled kayaks, canoes and paddleboards eight feet or longer. Currently, such vessels are exempt from registration fees when used recreationally. I recently joined my colleagues in co-sponsoring Senate Resolution 153, which formally opposes the recent MSWC recommendation. I will fight any legislative effort to impose such fees on Michiganders enjoying our state's beautiful resources.
April 16, 2018
:45
Because prison kitchens are not licensed, they are not inspected for food safety like other food establishments. As chairman of the Senate Corrections budget subcommittee, Proos plans to include boilerplate language in budget that would subject prison kitchens to the public safety requirements of the state's food law.
April 11, 2018
:39
The recent shipping incident that left the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline and other underwater cable lines damaged only further strengthens the skepticism surrounding the underwater lines beneath the Straits of Mackinac. It is time we shut down Line 5 and pursue other, safer alternatives before irreversible damage to our environment takes place.
April 10, 2018
1:11
The bracket-style tournament was designed to give students and communities an opportunity to showcase their school pride. Thousands of people participated by voting in online polls and submitted photos on Facebook and Twitter to score points for their school. In the end, the Coloma Comets emerged as champions, defeating River Valley in the final round matchup.
March 23, 2018
1:24
Senate Bill 888 would clarify that students working part-time at a community college would be exempted from the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) contribution requirements, something that is already the case for full-time student employees.
March 22, 2018
1:26
Small distillers in Michigan have to deal with a tax system that treats them as giant, multinational manufacturers. Proos' legislation would provide relief to spirit makers to foster growth in the up-and-coming industry and encourage use of more Michigan- grown agricultural products.
March 21, 2018
1:01
The 2018 Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament began with 31 area high schools competing in four brackets. The tournament is now down to the Elite 8 round with half of last year's Final Four schools having been toppled - including the defending champion.
March 21, 2018
1:09
The Judiciary budget plan funds needed technology upgrades and increases funding for specialty courts, which help reduce crime and benefit both society and offenders by addressing underlying issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse.
March 15, 2018
:53
Legislation known as the Protecting Michigan's Children package passed the Michigan Senate on March 14, 2018. Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, was the lead sponsor of the legislation. The legislation now heads to the House for further consideration.
March 13, 2018
1:04
The governor has proposed switching from privately contracted food services back to food service provided by state workers, which would require the state to hire and train more than 350 employees by August. Proos says we have an opportunity to train prisoners to provide healthy meals and meet Michigan's workforce needs when they re-enter society.
March 9, 2018
:30
Critically acclaimed vocalist Helen Welch will celebrate the magic and music of the Carpenters on Sunday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater.
March 2, 2018
:38
No one has more school spirit than Southwest Michigan! School spirit encompasses a wide range of school activities, such as band, drama, robotics, athletics and art. Area schools will compete in a single-elimination bracket contest, with the first round beginning on March 5 at noon. The entire tournament will span five weeks, ending at noon on April 6.
February 28, 2018
1:21
The OK2SAY program is a confidential, 24-hour tip line designed to help prevent school tragedies. It is the state's most effective prevention-based reporting mechanism - having received nearly 12,000 tips since it launched in 2014.
February 27, 2018
1:27
Proos commend the professional and well-coordinated effort that Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey is leading during this county emergency. Berrien County residents and business owners can now report flood damage to the sheriff's office by calling 1-800-815-5485.
February 22, 2018
:57
Michigan has awarded grants to 16 regions to develop community partnerships and strategies promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers. St. Joseph Public Schools also recently announced plans to build a 7,000-square-foot innovation center that will be used primarily for the district's robotics program.
February 16, 2018
:49
Senate Bill 821 is designed as to honor American servicemen and servicewomen and recognize the sacrifices made by their families. It would create a special recognition license plate that would include the Blue Star Families insignia and the words "Blue Star Family" under the registration numbers.
February 15, 2018
1:09
Senate Bill 748 would make the necessary changes to maintain the state income tax personal exemption and also boost the exemption by an additional $600 to $4,900 by 2021. A separate multi-bill package would eliminate the state's driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1, 2018 and forgive any outstanding fees.
January 25, 2018
:55
Michigan has 52,475 students attending 222 Catholic schools throughout the state. Senate Resolution 123 designates Jan. 28 through Feb. 3 as Catholic Schools Week with the theme "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed."
January 23, 2018
:56
Gov. Rick Snyder will deliver his final State of the State address Tuesday evening. Proos is hopeful that the governor will highlight the accomplishments the state has made during the governor's term and the last year, including corrections reforms.
January 23, 2018
:45
After Gov. Rick Snyder's 2018 State of the State address Tuesday night, Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, reflected on the state of the state.
January 23, 2018
:57
The governor's address outlined the challenges that Michigan faces and the positive changes that we have made in areas like corrections, where the state is already seeing the results of last year's criminal justice reforms.
January 19, 2018
:34
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
:55
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.
January 17, 2018
1:16
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
:57
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
:35
More than 6,000 miles of groomed trails make scenic and snowy Michigan a great place to snowmobile, but riders must remember safety first.
January 3, 2018
:55
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
:59
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
:51
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
:57
'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
:23
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
1:10
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
:53
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
1:03
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
:51
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
…47
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
:44
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
:55
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
:49
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
:47
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
:27
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
1:06
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
1:10
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
:48
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
:38
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
:45
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
:59
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
1:44
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
:54
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
:56
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
1:14
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.
July 14, 2017
:36
In 2017, Berrien County has four projects that will give area residents and out-of-state tourists increased access to outdoor resources. Michigan's Natural Resources Trust Fund invests constitutionally restricted funds into creating vibrant parks and improving recreational opportunities.
July 14, 2017
:38
In 2017, two St. Joseph County projects will give residents and tourists increased access to Michigan's great outdoors opportunities. Michigan's Natural Resources Trust Fund invests constitutionally restricted funds into creating vibrant parks and improving recreational opportunities.
June 27, 2017
1:10
Sen. John Proos is urging the federal government and the Army Corps of Engineers to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes after a silver carp was discovered less than 10 miles from Lake Michigan."Asian carp are a real and tremendous threat to our economy and the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem," said Proos, R-St. Joseph.
June 22, 2017
1:08
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, discusses the fiscal year 2018 budget, which includes several initiatives important to northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
June 6, 2017
9:19
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, recently chatted with Michael Patrick Shiels about various issues making their way through state government, along with his philosophy when it comes to introducing bills.
June 2, 2017
:35
Sen. Proos talks about Internet Safety Month - a time to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time online.
May 26, 2017
:38
According to the late 2016 Business Outlook for West Michigan by the Upjohn Institute, leisure and hospitality sectors in Berrien County grew by more than 8 percent over the same period in 2015. Southwest Michigan offers families a wide variety of outstanding outdoor summer activities, and a summer getaway here in Michigan is a great way have fun with the entire family and also support the local economy.
May 19, 2017
:52
Some people are stealing special markers on the graves of veterans and selling them to collectors or scrap metal dealers. Senate Bill 341 would crack down on the thefts by specifically making it illegal to "buy, receive or possess" a stolen veterans marker or memorial.  
May 18, 2017
1:07
During National Police Week, the Senate approve legislation to create a fundraising license plate that would benefit the Thin Blue Line of Michigan. For each plate purchased, $25 would go the nonprofit organization, which provides financial and legal support for the families of law enforcement officers who are severely injured or killed in the line of duty.
May 17, 2017
1:36
A key factor in Michigan's skilled jobs gap is a lack of focus on training and education in fields where positions exist. Proos' legislation would allow students to receive a STEM certification as an incentive for taking additional courses and require schools to provide students with the most recent outlooks of in-demand occupations in their region.
May 15, 2017
1:50
A hearing will focus on what a funding formula for prisoners might look like. The administration continues to seek a $1,481 per-prisoner at-facility increase or a $2,058 per-prisoner total increase. Michigan needs a plan based on sound math and an accurate number of prisoners.  
May 10, 2017
1:26
The governor's proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget includes increases over the current budget of $100 per student and $1,480 per prisoner. Proos said Michigan's prison population continues to decline, which is good news for the entire state, the dramatic spike in per-prisoner costs further illustrates that the state is funding empty beds and facilities.
May 2, 2017
:51
Sen.Margaret O'Brien comments on her new bill that would make it illegal to perform female genital mutilation in Michigan. The felony crime would be punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment.
May 1, 2017
:45
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, discuss her new bill that would make it illegal to perform female genital mutilation in Michigan. The felony crime would be punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment.
April 28, 2017
2:04
A significant reason for Michigan's current jobs gap is a lack of focus on training and education in fields where open positions exist. This initiative is the next step in ensuring Michigan students are prepared for success and to meet the state's growing need to fill high- tech automotive jobs.
April 26, 2017
:38
The annual social networking contest features 31 Southwest Michigan high schools who compete to show their school spirit in a bracket-style tournament. Students are encouraged to submit photos on Facebook, Twitter and Proos' website to score points for their school. This year's champion is the community of Watervliet. The earn the title, the Panthers scored a total of more than 100,000 points and submitted more than 2,700 photos, which received more than 86,000 likes on Facebook.
April 12, 2017
:28
Fishing licenses can be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week online or by visiting a local license retailer or DNR Customer Service Center. All 2017 fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2018 and are good for all species.
April 10, 2017
:43
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, reminds boaters to be sensible, safe, and sober to help keep the Great Lakes State a safe place for summer boating fun.
March 30, 2017
:55
Gov. Rick Snyder signed comprehensive legislation to make reforms throughout the criminal justice system. The multi-bill package was spearheaded by Proos and includes measures that will result in better outcomes, increased public safety and reduced costs. The measures are about putting best practices to use to reduce recidivism and help prisoners become productive citizens.
March 27, 2017
:49
The purpose of the competition is to engage the community in the spirit of 'March Madness' in a way that inspires creativity and enable students and alumni to show their school pride. Proos announced the schools that have advanced to the Sweet 16.
March 22, 2017
:21
Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 calls on the president and the U.S. secretary of state to approve construction of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline to safely bring Canadian oil to American refineries.
March 22, 2017
:36
Asian carp pose a real threat to vibrant fishing, tourism and boating industries and the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 calls for action to prevent a permanent economic and environmental disaster whose impacts would be felt throughout the state and region.
March 22, 2017
8:04
Sen. Peter MacGregor spoke with hosts Gerry Brisson, president of Gleaners, and Dr. Phil Knight, executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan, during a recent episode of WJR's 'Food for Thought,' to discuss food insecurity and the work of food banks in the state.
March 16, 2017
:44
School spirit encompasses a wide range of school activities, such as band, drama, robotics, athletics and art, and no one has more school spirit than Southwest Michigan. Area schools will compete in a single-elimination bracket contest, with the first round beginning on March 20 at noon. The entire tournament will span five weeks, ending at noon on April 21.
March 14, 2017
:34
Outdoor enthusiasts contribute billions of dollars to the state economy every year and help support the state's conservation efforts. Senate Joint Resolution G would protect Michigan's rich heritage of hunting, fishing and trapping by establishing the right in the Michigan Constitution.
March 14, 2017
8:15
Kowall speaks with Frank Beckmann about Senate Bills 203 and 204, which he sponsored, and SB 205, sponsored by Sen. Joe Hune. The bills would allowing online gaming in Michigan.
March 9, 2017
:45
The Senate's bipartisan criminal justice reforms will soon be heading to the governor. Senate Bills 5-13, 15-24 and 50 are designed to reduce recidivism, crime and prison costs while also increasing safety in Michigan communities.
March 2, 2017
:33
A House committee has approved the Senate's bipartisan criminal justice reforms. Senate Bills 5-24 and 50 are designed to reduce recidivism, crime and prison costs while also increasing safety in Michigan communities. This reforms focus on using smarter, data-driven approaches to efficiently and effectively rehabilitate prisoners.
February 21, 2017
:41
Senator O'Brien reflects after attending a vigil to honor the memory of the victims of a shooting that took place in Kalamazoo on the one year anniversary of the tragedy.
February 14, 2017
7:28
The senator spent time discussing his newly introduced MIThrive initiative along with School Reform Office's decision to shut down some of the state's lowest performing schools.
February 8, 2017
:41
Proos said that the governor's Fiscal Year 2018 state budget recommendation is a good start in the process, and he looks forward to passing a budget that enables Michigan to continue to attract new jobs and investment, provide vital services and meet its most pressing challenges - all while living within its means.
February 8, 2017
6:57
The MIThrive initiative is a bipartisan package aimed at redeveloping vacant properties across our state. These properties, known as brownfield properties, are often the remains of previous industrial sites that are incredibly costly to clean up and redevelop. Because of these associated costs, they are viewed as unfavorable to developers and often sit vacant for many years. This legislation seeks to "close the gap" on the overall construction costs by allowing the developer to receive a portion of the newly generated tax revenue from that site, with the rest being distributed to the state and local government that houses the property. The legislation also includes provisions stating that no taxpayer money can be used toward the initial investment, placing the financial burden solely on the private developer.
February 8, 2017
:44
Senate Bill 40 would help job creators come to Southwest Michigan by cutting punitive regulations that currently put local Michigan border towns at a disadvantage in the competition for new jobs and investment.
February 8, 2017
:36
Senate Resolution 14 declares Feb. 14 as Organ Donor Registration Day in Michigan. According to Donate Life America, more than 120,000 men, women and children nationwide currently need an organ transplant; every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list; and an average of 21 people die each day waiting for an available organ.
February 2, 2017
:27
Senate Bills 5-24 and 50 are designed to reduce recidivism, crime and prison costs while also increasing safety in Michigan communities. This reforms would focus Michigan's criminal justice system on using smarter, data-driven approaches to efficiently and effectively rehabilitate prisoners so they can eventually be successfully reintroduced back into society.
January 26, 2017
:34
Hansen, R-Hart: Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19 constitute the first of two 2017 free fishing weekends hosted by the Michigan DNR. The weekends allow anyone to fish free without a license.
January 18, 2017
:24
Michigan's economic resurgence in reaction to Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 State of the State address.
January 18, 2017
:37
Gov. Rick Snyder's call to upgrade the Soo Locks as part of his 2017 State of the State address.
January 18, 2017
:30
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
:34
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
:42
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
:58
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
:55
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
:48
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
:32
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
:59
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
1:13
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
:54
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
:51
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
:58
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
:50
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
:55
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
:35
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
1:06
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
:49
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
:46
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
1:15
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
1:09
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
1:19
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
1:07
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
:42
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
:33
Hansen reminds residents to take basic safety precautions when heading out to hunt in Michigan's great outdoors.
September 7, 2016
:25
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
:58
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
1:08
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
1:04
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
:58
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.
August 4, 2016
1:15
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.
July 22, 2016
1:00
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.
July 19, 2016
1:01
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.
July 12, 2016
0:40
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.
July 6, 2016
1:25
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
1:05
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
1:18
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
:54
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
1:21
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
1:28
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
1:12
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
1:18
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.
May 25, 2016
1:07
Gov. Snyder recently declared an energy emergency due to concerns over tightening gasoline supplies heading into Memorial Day weekend. Proos is encouraging Southwest Michigan residents to make sure they have a full tank of gas for the holiday, to look out for the best price and to report any suspected gas price gouging.
May 12, 2016
:50
Pavlov reminds listeners to be safe on the roads during spring planting season.
May 12, 2016
4:11
Hansen appears on Michigan Radio's Stateside program to explain how he hopes to reach a DPS compromise with his colleagues.
May 12, 2016
1:20
Waukesha, Wisconsin is seeking approval to divert water from Lake Michigan to outside the Great Lakes basin, which is banned under the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. Senate Resolution 173 says that Waukesha has failed to meet the compact's strict standards and that the Senate officially opposes the city's water diversion request.
May 6, 2016
1:08
The Senate budget plan would once again increase support for our schools to records while still living within our means. We recently announced a bipartisan criminal justice reform package focused on lowering recidivism and keeping Michigan safe. Many of those criminal justice initiatives are included in this plan.
May 3, 2016
1:12
Michigan's criminal justice system needs modernizing. A new bipartisan legislative package would reform, re-establish and rebuild a criminal justice system focused on lowering recidivism and keeping Michigan safe.
April 27, 2016
:36
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.
April 21, 2016
:43
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, reminds boaters to be sensible, safe, and sober to help keep the Great Lakes State a safe place for summer boating fun.
April 19, 2016
4:22
State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, joined the Michael Patrick Shiels radio show on Tuesday, April 19 to discuss the importance of tourism in northern Michigan with Chris Hale of the Shanty Creek Resort.
March 24, 2016
1:17
Proos, R-St. Joseph says an Asian carp invasion would threaten all of the Great Lakes and Southwest Michigan would be one of the first areas affected. Asian carp would decimate vibrant fishing, tourism and boating industries and wreak havoc on the Great Lakes ecosystem.
March 10, 2016
:54
Proos, R-St. Joseph, 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.
March 8, 2016
:10
Sen. Phil Pavlov R-St. Clair: Comments on his Senate resolution calling on the U.S. to reopen the public comment period regarding a proposed crude oil pipeline under the St. Clair River.
March 4, 2016
:43
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says small businesses make up the majority of Michigan job creators. Budding entrepreneurs can learn more about how to best position their new business for success by participating in an upcoming free webinar or seminar.
February 29, 2016
1:02
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says that the federal government needs to live up to its responsibility to open a permanent repository for high-level nuclear waste or return the money they collected from ratepayers to build the site.
February 25, 2016
:40
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says the bill is about putting saving lives ahead of lawsuits. If a Good Samaritan has reason to believe that breaking in a car window is necessary to save the life of a child or pet, they shouldn't be sued for acting
February 19, 2016
:59
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says we've accomplished reduced Michigan's long-term debts and put the state on pace to eliminate its liabilities within two decades. Senate Bill 292 would ensure that future lawmakers understand the state's debt situation when making critical budget decisions.
February 18, 2016
:55
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says easier access to emergency contacts on a driver's license or state ID card could allow family members to quickly provide first responders with critical medical information and give families more time to make important medical decisions.
February 18, 2016
:54
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says there are many nonprofit organizations that make a positive impact on the lives of struggling families and improve our communities. Restoring the charitable credits can incentivize Michigan taxpayers to make a difference and contribute to wonderful charities.
February 10, 2016
1:04
Proos, R-St. Joseph says we must effectively and efficiently use taxpayer dollars to meet our challenges while living within our means. Proos supports the governor's focus on our schools and career and technical education.
February 9, 2016
:44
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says it's important for residents to have reliable, updated information when preparing their annual taxes. Don't go it alone. Free guides are available online and through the senator's office
February 5, 2016
:41
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says that becoming an organ donor can save lives and that "Lauren's Law" would help increase the number of people on Michigan's organ donor registry.
February 5, 2016
:41
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says that becoming an organ donor can save lives and that "Lauren's Law" would help increase the number of people on Michigan's organ donor registry.
February 4, 2016
:50
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says that allowing judges to treat more juvenile cases in informal proceedings would allow our state's at-risk young people to pay their debt to society without the scar of a criminal record.
February 3, 2016
:32
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, issues a public service announcement inviting Michiganders to attend the 48th annual I-500 snowmobile race in Sault Ste Marie this weekend. The race features some of America's top snowmobilers on North America's only one mile oval ice track.
January 29, 2016
1:01
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says the bipartisan legislation will help ensure Michigan is doing everything it can to keep animals out of the hands of those convicted of abusing a pet or engaging in dog fighting.
January 25, 2016
:45
Each year, College Goal helps deserving students all over Michigan receive thousands of dollars for college.
January 25, 2016
1:55
More than 6,000 miles of groomed trails make scenic and snowy Michigan a great place to snowmobile, but riders must remember safety first.
January 21, 2016
:44
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says that he's honored to serve on the MiSTEM Advisory Council. Proos has long supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, because these rigorous areas of study are vital to the state's future.
January 20, 2016
:25
Senator Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, offered his reaction to Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address
January 20, 2016
:37
Tonight we heard a governor with a plan. He gave a very good explanation of the problem in Flint and the steps to fix it. He was forthcoming, accepted responsibility and expressed his willingness to work with the Legislature and the local government in the city to resolve the problem.
January 20, 2016
1:37
Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, comments on the Flint water crisis and the need to upgrade the Soo Locks in reaction to Gov. Rick Snyder's 2016 State of the State address.
January 19, 2016
:35
Hansen, R-Hart: Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14 constitute the first of two 2016 free fishing weekends hosted by the Michigan DNR. The weekends allow anyone to fish free without a license.
January 15, 2016
1:08
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says the January Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference's projected surplus is not a winning lottery ticket. Michigan's economy continues to recover and create jobs, but the state still faces increased spending pressures.
January 15, 2016
:53
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says the tool and die industry is a tremendously important part of the state and local economies and the fact that it is flourishing is great news for Michigan workers.
January 14, 2016
:46
Proos, R-St. Joseph, applauds the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) for collecting and releasing the Michigan data so that parents and officials can better understand the risks of concussions in high school sports.
January 8, 2016
:57
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says the new acts put into state law the standard that an employee at a local franchise is only an employee of that franchise owner and not an employee of the parent company.
January 6, 2016
:49
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says Michigan is the national leader in implementing collision avoidance technology that could substantially improve road safety - potentially cutting in half the number of car accidents.
December 30, 2015
:44
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says the ban goes into effect in January and is part of an effort to discourage and prevent underage drinking. Michigan is now one of 27 states that have banned powdered alcohol.
December 29, 2015
:30
Proos, R-St. Joseph, encourages parents to take advantage of an opportunity to get three free lift tickets for fourth- and fifth-graders to 30 participating Michigan ski areas.
December 28, 2015
:40
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says becoming an organ donor can save lives, and he will be introducing "Lauren's Law" to help increase the number of registered organ donors in Michigan.
December 23, 2015
:32
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says the measure would include Michigan's growing beer industry on the council, which helps promote and support Michigan agriculture and agribusiness.
December 22, 2015
:37
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says the Internet has increased convenience for consumers and also made it easier for scam artists to steal someone's identity and money. Taking a few simple steps can protect their valuable personal information.
December 21, 2015
:37
Proos, R-St. Joseph, discusses honoring U.S. Army veteran Charles Whorton of Eau Claire in recognition of his service in the Vietnam War. Whorton received a Vietnam veteran lapel pin during a ceremony in the Michigan Senate with his wife Earlene and granddaughter Abigail at his side.
December 18, 2015
:42
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says cyber revenge is about using the power of the Internet to destroy someone's life. Posting graphic images of an individual (without their consent) to intimidate or harass them or to ruin their reputation should not be tolerated.
December 16, 2015
1:52
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says tobacco use in children is unsafe in any form, and best way to protect children from being harmed by tobacco products is to keep them out of their hands.
December 15, 2015
:54
SB 671 would expand the membership of the Grape, Wine, Brewing and Distilling Industries Council to more accurately reflect the industry.
December 9, 2015
1:15
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says Michigan is one of the nation's top snowmobiling destinations, with more than 6,200 miles of groomed trails. Materials from state regulations to trail reports and maps to safety tips are all available on a simple state website.
November 25, 2015
2:03
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says it's important to shine the light on men's health concerns, such as prostate and testicular cancer, and to encourage all men to get regular exercise and medical checkups.
November 23, 2015
1:07
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says that allowing mid-career professionals with practical knowledge of a subject area to teach would fill a need for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instructors and give students an invaluable, first- hand perspective on what they are studying.
November 21, 2015
1:33
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says that 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.
November 18, 2015
1:35
Proos, R-St. Joseph, has co-sponsored legislation to encourage more sportsmen's clubs to help their community and state through charitable work and enable those that do contribute in a positive way to claim the allowable charitable exemption.
November 13, 2015
1:14
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says establishing a statewide electronic filing system would give the public convenient and hassle-free access to our courts and save our courts and filers both money and time.
November 10, 2015
1:04
Sen. John Proos R-St. Joseph: Proos is encouraging veterans in Southwest Michigan and across the state to use the services and benefits available to them.Proos encouraged all Michigan veterans to contact the agency at 1-800-MICH-VET or on their website at www.MichiganVeterans.com.
November 6, 2015
:39
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, reminds hunters to follow safety guidelines to help make sure this hunting season is safe, fun, and successful for everyone.
November 4, 2015
7:06
Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, speaks to Michael Patrick Shiels of Michigan's Big Show about bills sent to the governor that provide significant new money to repair, maintain and improve the state's crumbling transportation system.
November 4, 2015
:25
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, comments on the passage of a comprehensive road funding plan.
November 4, 2015
17:34
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, talks with WTCM-AM radio about the passage of a comprehensive road funding plan.
October 30, 2015
1:48
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says we need a safe and secure storage site for nuclear spent fuel that is not on the shores of Lake Michigan and that the federal government should fulfill its legal obligation to open a permanent facility or a refund of billions of dollars to ratepayers.
October 28, 2015
2:05
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, encourages Southwest Michigan drivers to keep an eye out for deer during the fall hunting seasons and to follow safety advice if encountering a deer on the road. In 2014, six people were killed and another 1,072 injured in car-deer crashes in Michigan.
October 26, 2015
:49
Senator John Proos, R-St. Joseph, says the bills could help a wonderful organization continue to make a huge impact in Michigan communities. The measures would give residents the opportunity to donate to the Red Cross with a simple checkoff box on their state income tax form.
October 20, 2015
7:32
Senator Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, says that Michigan can fund its road projects without raising taxes on the WJR Paul W. Smith show in Detroit.
October 16, 2015
1:27
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, says providing the people with information is a vital part to public accountability and that the new live streaming will make it easier for residents to follow Senate proceedings.
October 16, 2015
1:32
Proos, R-St. Joseph, says he co-sponsored the bills to send a clear message that Michigan respects human life and that we can all agree that selling body parts of aborted babies is wrong.
October 14, 2015
4:07
State Senator Mike Green, R-Mayville, on SB 442, a bill that would allow properly licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons into schools.
October 14, 2015
6:20
Senate Majority Leader Arlan B. Meekhof speaking about road funding on WJR's "The Frank Beckmann" program.
October 14, 2015
1:40
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, outlines his support for reforms to Michigan's civil asset forfeiture process so that it is fair, ethical and constitutional.
October 7, 2015
2:51
Sen. John Proos, R-St.Joseph, discusses Senate Bill 338 which would ensure nursing home patients have private, clean exam rooms for medical care.
October 6, 2015
1:26
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, discusses Senate Resolution 100, which designated October 2015 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan.
October 1, 2015
1:34
Senator John Proos R- St. Joseph: More than 2200 attend tele-town hall meeting on September 30. Proos expressed communication with Southwest Michigan is key to Michigan's success across the state and in Lansing.
September 29, 2015
:42
Senator John Proos R-St.Joseph: Recognizes and expresses gratitude of the Michigan residents for the first responders who put themselves in danger everyday to safeguard our communities.
September 24, 2015
1:00
Senator Phil Pavlov R: St. Clair Township: Has released a public service announcement regarding farmer road safety at harvest time in Michigan.
September 23, 2015
1:38
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, has co-sponsored new legislation that would make it illegal to fly a drone around a state prison.
September 23, 2015
:28
Senator Goeff Hansen R- Hart: Reminds residents to take basic safety precautions when heading out to hunt in Michigan's great outdoors.
September 23, 2015
6:46
Senator Ken Horn R.- Frankenmuth: Discusses Pasties to a balanced budget amendment and a range of topics on the Big Show with Michael Patrick Shiels show in Michigan.
September 16, 2015
:45
Senator Phil Pavlov R. St. Clair: Announced he will sponsor a local fundraiser at the September 25 Brown City vs Marlette varsity football game. "Pink Out for Cancer Clash" The fundraiser will provide free mammograms to women without insurance.
August 25, 2015
6:44
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St.Clair: Pavlov on WKZO radio urging residents to speak out against Canada's proposed Lake Huron nuclear waste dump.
August 25, 2015
1:16
Senator John Proos R-St. Joseph: Sen. Proos keeps an eye on gas prices in Southwest Michigan as the BP Whiting, Indiana refinery comes back on line.
August 12, 2015
1:12
Sen. John Proos R. St Joseph: Senator Proos has called on the Michigan Attorney General to investigate the recent gas hike in the state of Michigan.
July 8, 2015
7:28
Senator Wayne Schmidt (R) Traverse City: Discussed baseball and the National Cherry festival on the Michael Patrick Shiels radio show. Tuesday night senator threw out the first pitch at the Lansing Lugnuts game.
July 7, 2015
2:50
Senator Wayne Schimdt R Traverse City: Discusses Pure Michigan with Michael Patrick Shiels about, The 90th Annual National Cherry Festival is going on in Traverse City Michigan. July 4th thru the 11th.
July 1, 2015
2:08
Sen. John Proos (R) St. Joseph statement on the Michigan road funding bill package on July 1 2015 in the Michigan Senate.
June 25, 2015
9:12
Senator Phil Pavlov on WJR's Frank Beckmann program, discussing his co- sponsorship of a resolution to keep the EPA from regulating backyard grills.
June 19, 2015
:19
LANSING, Mich. - Sen. O'Brien- Portage Legislation to protect Michigan military veterans who use service dogs to better manage the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) was approved Thursday by the Michigan Senate
June 16, 2015
:44
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, welcomed the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy, including 104 cadets and their families, and Academy Director Lt. Jeff Connell and staff, to the state Senate today for a special presentation during the group's annual Day at the Capitol.
June 16, 2015
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LANSING, Mich. - Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, welcomed the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy, including 104 cadets and their families, and Academy Director Lt. Jeff Connell and staff, to the state Senate today for a special presentation during the group's annual Day at the Capitol.
June 12, 2015
2:24
Sen. John Proos R-St.Joseph spoke on the session floor about Men's Health Week June 15th thru the 21st. Men's Health Week, which helps raise awareness about preventable health issues facing men.
June 10, 2015
5:56
Michigan Senator Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, appears on Michael Patrick Shiels' "The Big Show" and speaks about the Pure Michigan advertising campaign.
June 10, 2015
1:55
Sen. John Proos R-St. Joseph:Joined legislative caucus in opposition to Canadian Nuclear Waste site on the shores of Lake Huron.
June 9, 2015
:13
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, discusses ways we can reduce sexual assaults on Michigan's campuses, while also increasing the reporting at the "Let's End Sexual Assault Summit" on Monday. Schuitmaker also thanked First Lady Sue Snyder for leading the important initiative.
June 9, 2015
:55
Sen. Rick Jones joins Wheeler Trucking President Rex Wheeler at the company's New Lothrop-area headquarters on Monday as the company announced plans for a $5 million investment that could result in 300 new trucking jobs in Shiawassee County.
June 9, 2015
37:00
WWJ's Jackie Paige hosts a special program from Lansing on all things Energy with a variety of panelists, including Sen. Ken Horn.
June 9, 2015
37:00
One of the issues on everybody's mind is road funding. Senator Arlan Meekhof joins WWJ's Jackie Paige with a look at where road funding currently stands.
June 4, 2015
:20
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, discusses the importance of Senate Bill 328, which would eliminate from state statute the antiquated title "policewoman." Schuitmaker said the "policewoman" title was used at a time when female members of the Michigan State Police were paid less than men. SB 328 passed the Michigan Senate on Wednesday.
June 3, 2015
:44
State Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, said completing the Fiscal Year '16 budget early provides local governments and schools surety when developing their own budgets, and underscored her commitment to supporting education, including increasing funding for adult and career education programs.
May 29, 2015
10:07
Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, talks with radio host Michael Patrick Shiels about the Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference on Mackinac Island.
May 29, 2015
10:07
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, talks with radio host Michael Patrick Shiels about the Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference on Mackinac Island.
May 28, 2015
10:00
Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, talks roads and education with WDET-FM host Stephen Henderson at the Detroit Regional Chamber Policy Conference on Mackinac Island.
May 25, 2015
:31
Sen. Colbeck, R-Canton, was on WWJ radio in Detroit to discuss the importance of his new bill, which would require Michigan students to learn about noteworthy historical documents in Michigan schools.
May 18, 2015
2:25
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, responds to Gov. Rick Snyder?s message to the Legislature on criminal justice, saying he looks forward to continuing to work with the governor on smart reforms to improve the cost-effectiveness of our criminal justice system and help break the cycle of crime.
May 14, 2015
:37
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, discusses legislation that would toughen penalties for individuals convicted of poaching certain animals in Michigan.)
May 14, 2015
:39
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, explains the need for his legislation to protect Michigan seniors from financial exploitation by family members.
May 14, 2015
:15
Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, comments on legislation to repeal the state's prevailing wage law.
May 14, 2015
:15
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, explains legislation that would create a Blue Alert, similar to the Amber Alert system, to notify law enforcement and the public when a safety officer is injured or killed in the line of duty.
May 14, 2015
:52
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, talks about the economic benefits of allowing pedal pubs in Michigan
May 13, 2015
:48
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, reminds Southwest Michigan residents to honor fallen public safety officers.
May 13, 2015
:32
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, discusses Senate Bills 245 and 246, which would toughen penalties for individuals convicted of poaching certain animals in Michigan.
May 6, 2015
5:43
Michigan Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof on the Prop 1 vote.
April 14, 2015
0:29
The bill helps police recover transportation costs from those who commit crimes.
March 12, 2015
9:28
Senator Phil Pavlov, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, appears on WJR's "The Frank Beckmann Show" to discuss the search for a new state school superintendent.
March 3, 2015
0:30
Michigan State Senator Margaret O'Brien is a part of this bipartisan package of bills to more accurately describe the recipients of state health aid funding rather than categorize all into a single description.
February 25, 2015
0:17
Senator Margaret O'Brien announced that the 20th Senate District Office is now open at 157 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 170, which is same location as previous senators.Senator O'Brien welcomes community members to stop in and meet District Director Megan Hicks or make appointments with the Senator herself.
February 24, 2015
0:20
Senator Margaret O'Brien introduced this legislation to help patients with multiple prescriptions align them to single renewal date, while ensuring they are not over charged by prorating partial prescription lengths.
January 29, 2015
5:03
Senator Meekhof and Paul W Smith discuss road funding legislation.
January 29, 2015
01:08
Senator John Proos is introducing Senate Concurrent Resolution 4, standing with Congressman Upton in urging President Obama to approve the keystone Pipeline.
December 30, 2014
0:33
Michigan State Senator John Proos urges parents to visit www.goskimichigan.com and sign their kids up for this year's "Cold is Cool" free skiing in Michigan."
December 22, 2014
0:37
Michigan State Senator John Proos reminds all that investment in a child's future via the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP) and the Michigan Education Trust (MET) if the perfect gift.
October 9, 2014
0:12
Senator John Proos announces that Michigan will be the first in the nation to offer a Science, Technology, engineering and Mathematics High School Diploma.
October 9, 2014
0:12
Senator John Proos announces that Michigan will be the first in the nation to offer a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics High School Diploma.
September 24, 2014
0:33
Michigan State Senator John Proos sponsored this career and technical education legislation to give students more opportunities while supplying skilled workers for thousands of unfilled jobs in Michigan.
August 29, 2014
0:55
Michigan State Senator John Proos holds this school spirit competition each year. This year 40 Southwest Michigan High Schools participated.
June 6, 2014
0:33
The Lancers band took part in a parade through Omaha Beach on the 70th annual D-Day anniversary and commemoration in Normandy, France this year.
May 21, 2014
0:32
Canada plans to locate a long term nuclear waste dump 1000 yards from the shore of Lake Huron in Kincardine, Ontario. Citing risk to the worlds largest fresh water basin, Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov is calling upon the U.S. President, Secretary of State and Congress to intervene.
April 24, 2014
0:22
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson sponsored the legislation citing a trend by anti gun groups to obtain and post personal information of CCW permit holders for the purpose of publicly denouncing them.
March 26, 2014
0:33
Michigan State Senator John Proos began Swift and Sure to monitor high-risk probationers, change their behavior, reduce recidivism and costs of incarceration. The program is based on HOPE (Honest Opportunity with Probation Enforcement) created by Judge Alm in Hawaii.
March 26, 2014
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Michigan State Senator Proos on how Swift and Sure sanctions can keep high risk probationers out of prison and therefore reduce the state's prison costs.
March 11, 2014
0:23
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen cites a shortage of physicians serving the public health sector and the positive impact incentives will have in attracting more to the area.
March 7, 2014
0:35
Sens. John Proos and Bruce Caswell announced on Friday that after the success of last year?s Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament, they are teaming up to host an expanded contest this year in which high schools from throughout the region will compete to see who has the most school spirit.
February 18, 2014
0:17
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen today testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting $100 million in supplemental funding for much needed pot hole repair.
February 13, 2014
0:45
Encouraged by organ donor recipient John Grinnel of Niles, Michigan State Senator John Proos introduced legislation similar to New York's Lauren's Law. Once passed, anyone who applies for a driver's license in Michigan will be asked by the Secretary of State if they would like to become an organ donor.
December 17, 2013
0:33
Michigan State Senator John Proos notes that over $2 Billion goes unclaimed from gift card purchases each year and knowing what restrictions apply when buying one is important. Michigan law requires that all gift cards not expire any sooner than 5 years from the date of purchase.
December 17, 2013
0:26
Michigan State Senator John Proos reminds parents that the "Kids Ski Free"" promotion gives a free lift ticket to any 4th grader accompanied by a parent at Michigan ski resorts and trails."
December 11, 2013
0:35
Michigan State Senator John Proos urges extreme caution while using any device connected to the Internet.
December 10, 2013
0:29
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen sponsored this legislation to help pharmacists in rural areas remain open during difficult economic times and provide for the needs of their rural patients.
December 4, 2013
0:37
Michigan State Senator John Proos on bills that give incentive for schools to partner with industry to provide the smartest most well trained students for tomorrow's jobs.
November 19, 2013
0:26
Michigan State Senator John Proos cautions that any extra money needs to be spent wisely with focus on education, roads and public safety.
November 7, 2013
0:27
Michigan State Senator Judy Emmons is partnering with McDonald's in St. Johns to offer any Veteran a free apple pie between 10:30am and 11pm. Veterans are kindly asked to please bring their Veterans card.
October 15, 2013
0:31
Michigan State Senator John Proos attended the Southwest Michigan First round table at Western Michigan University's Aviation School. The school is looking to fill up to 400 aviation mechanic jobs in the future, stressing the need to marry high school education with the needs of the job market.
October 9, 2013
0:35
Michigan State Senator John Proos comments on the loss of jobs from not approving the Keystone pipeline and the threat to the Great lakes fishing industry from not closing the locks in Chicago to stop the Asian Carp.
October 3, 2013
0:32
Michigan State Senator John Proos sponsored a Senate Resolution declaring October 4, 2013 as Michigan Manufacturing Day.
September 24, 2013
0:39
Michigan State Senator John Proos Tele-town hall meeting: Residents wishing to participate may join the meeting by calling 1-877-228-2184 and entering ID Code 19012, or by submitting questions via Twitter by using #SWMITownhall.
September 19, 2013
0:32
Michigan State Senator John Proos urges Southwest Michigan to log in and take part in planning the state's future Internet connectivity. Connect Michigan website: www.connectmi.org
September 12, 2013
0:17
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen sponsored this legislation to aid areas where pharmacies cannot afford to employ full time pharmacists and ensure patient services are uninterrupted.
September 10, 2013
0:37
Michigan State Senator John Proos further demands that if Asian Carp are found in the Great Lakes, the federal government must shut down locks in the river systems connected to the Great lakes to prevent catastrophic destruction to the recreation and fishing industries in Michigan.
July 16, 2013
0:29
Michigan State Senator John Proos cites improvement in the exam scores for the last three years.
July 3, 2013
0:35
Michigan State Senator John Proos cosponsored The Good Citizenship Act to better educate students in American government including The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution, Federalism and individual state constitutions.
June 19, 2013
0:40
Michigan State Senator John Proos held the tele-townhall meeting to give constituents the convenience of discussing issues impacting southwest Michigan from the comfort of their homes. Over 9000 people joined the meeting. The Senator Plans to hold more meeting in the future.
June 13, 2013
0:36
Michigan State Senator Mike Green sponsored Senate Bill 163 to protect Michigan's wetlands, property rights and avoid the one size fits all regulatory approach of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
June 12, 2013
0:29
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson sponsored Senate Bill 50 to give off road vehicles the same limited use of state roads as snowmobiles and bicycles so they can have access to towns and villages for food, hotels and gas. This will put the U.P. in a better position as it competes with other states as an ORV tourism destination.
June 12, 2013
0:29
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen's legislation is now on its way to be signed into law by Governor Snyder. The bill allows small wineries to better compete by allowing them to host tasting and sales at local farmers markets.
May 28, 2013
0:38
Michigan State Senator John Proos announces funding for veterans courts "giving back to those who have given so much for us."""
May 20, 2013
0:47
Michigan State Senator John Proos is honored to have as his guest, Vietnam Veteran of the United States Army 101st Airborne Division Bob Williams of Benton Harbor. Mr. WIlliams is presently a board member of the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund.
May 14, 2013
0:18
Michigan State Senator Mike Nofs sponsored SB284, which passed the Senate today with bipartisan support. The bill also helps those who can make only partial payment and those who only need temporary assistance.
April 25, 2013
0:13
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen sponsored Senate Bill 218 to give local governments the ability to raise revenue for dredging, invasive species protection or whatever needs arise in the maintenance of waterways.
April 4, 2013
00:53
Michigan State Senator John Proos encourages all students, alumni and parents to join in showing their school spirit by participating in thsi friendly Southwest Michigan School bracket competition. Those wishing to participate can do so this website, on Twitter: @johnmproos #swmispirit and Facebook on the JohnProosSupportersPage.
April 1, 2013
29:32
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson discusses the relationship between county and state governments with: Delta County Administrator Nora Viau, Houghton County Controller Eric Forsberg and Marquette County Commissioner Gerry Corkin.
March 14, 2013
0:22
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen sponsored this legislation to help local governments obtain funding through tax increment financing for dredging and other waterway projects in their communities.
March 13, 2013
0:43
Michigan State Senator heard from Southwest Michigan manufacturing leaders and educators on how high school can better prepare students for vocational careers.
March 12, 2013
3:23
Michigan State Senator Mike Green served cupcakes with toy soldiers on them to the Michigan Senate in honor of a Michigan student who was made to take the army men off his birthday cupcakes at his elementary school in Caro, MI. Senator Green told Hunter that he his cupcakes and their soldiers are welcome in his Senate Office anytime.
March 5, 2013
0:43
March 7, 9am, Senate Hearing Room, Boji Tower, Ground Floor, 124 W. Allegan, Lansing, MI.
February 28, 2013
28:45
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson discusses the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, its policies and their impact on the Upper Peninsula with DNR Director Keith Creagh.
February 21, 2013
1:10
Michigan State Senator Dave Hildenbrand sponsored Senate Resolution 19 to recognize February 21st as Conductive Education Day in Michigan. Created over 60 years ago by Dr. Andrus Peto, Conductive Education strives to maximize independence and mobility in children and adults with disabilities.
February 21, 2013
0:39
Michigan State Senator John Proos sponsored this resolution to urge the federal government to live up to its 1982 law requiring that it remove all high level nuclear waste and store it safely in the tax payer funded Yucca Mountain storage facility in Nevada.
February 14, 2013
0:54
Michigan State Senator John Proos sponsored Senate Resolution 10 memorializing the President and Congress to move forward with the pipeline and decrease the country's dependency on foreign oil.
February 14, 2013
0:45
Michigan State Senator John Proos encourages Michigan Anglers to introduce young people to the sport during the state's two free fishing weekends: February 16 - 17, and June 8 - 9.
February 12, 2013
0:39
Michigan State Senator John Proos speaking at a press conference announcing legislation to dredge Michigan's waterways to maintain shipping and boating.
February 12, 2013
0:45
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson describes how failure to dredge shipping ports negatively impacts industry in Michigan.
February 12, 2013
0:42
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen held a press conference today to introduce bills designed to provide ongoing funding mechanisms to ensure Michigan's waterways remain open for both business and pleasure.
February 8, 2013
0:20
Michigan State Senator John Proos announces that documents and tips for preparing Michigan income tax returns are available on his Senate website.
February 5, 2013
0:22
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen cited the need for those using the trial to know of its founder and origin. Mr. Field purchased the land and donated the state's first Rail Trail.
February 1, 2013
27:43
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson discusses the coming legislative session with House Natural Resources Committee Chair Representative Andrea LaFontaine and House Tourism Committee Chair Representative Peter Pettalia.
January 31, 2013
0:57
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen will co-chair this caucus charged with addressing problems and issues related to the state's ports and waterways.
January 23, 2013
0:25
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen introduced this legislation after a west Michigan school superintendent was involved in an investigation into embezzlement of school funds.
January 11, 2013
0:40
SENATOR PROOS: MICHIGAN ON ROAD TO RECOVERY; ACCOMPLISHMENTS POSITION THE STATE TO BETTER COMPETE FOR NEW JOBS.
December 27, 2012
0:26
"Cold is Cool"" is a program sponsored by the Michigan Snow Sports Industries Association that offers three free lift tickets at 20 ski resorts across the state for 4th grade students. "
October 17, 2012
0:34
Michigan State Senator says getting criminal back on a legal path early diverts them for a life of crime and reduces financial burdens on the corrections system.
September 27, 2012
28:30
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson discusses the the current system funding of county governments in Michigan, property taxes, state land ownership and solutions to current funding issues. Guests: Senator Darwin Booher - MI Senate District 35 and Michigan Association of Counties Legislative Affairs Director Ben Bodkin.
September 25, 2012
0:29
Doak testified in support of Proos? bill to ensure the safety of young children by closing a loophole in the state?s infant car seat law.
September 14, 2012
0:34
Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov introduced legislation to relaunch this organization that will not only provide employment to young people, but will also restore Michigan's natural resources without spending scarce tax dollars.
September 13, 2012
0:32
Michigan State Senator John Proos explains the need to find fitting and proper solutions for the unique issues facing military veterans returning from combat.
August 1, 2012
28:25
Michigan State Senator discusses legislation he sponsored that empowers waterfront property owners in Michigan with the right to groom their privately owned beaches. Guests: Save Our Shoreline founder and President Ernie Krygier and Save Our Shoreline Legal Counsel Dave Powers.
July 18, 2012
1:02
Michigan State Senator John Proos authored this bill to help enact Erin's Law in Michigan. The bill wilp teach school children how and where to report sexual abuse. It will also help the education community learn more about how to help children once they have come forward.
July 18, 2012
0:32
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July 9, 2012
0:18
Senator John Proos sponsored this legislation to guarantee badly needed matching federal funding for Michigan's roads.
June 27, 2012
0:42
Michigan State Senator John Proos commends MAEAP: a program in which farmers voluntarily operate agricultural enterprises using only the best environmental practices. The program uses education, risk assessment and verification to keep Michigan's environment as clean as possible.
June 14, 2012
0:26
Michigan State Senator John Proos applauds this legislation that would allow the taking of a limited number of antler-less deer during the off season to help reduce deer-auto accidents, control crop damage while maintaining a DNR approved deer population.
June 12, 2012
0:16
Michigan State Senator John Proos sponsored this legislation to dedicate a portion of taxes already paid at the pump to road repair and construction in Michigan without increasing taxes.
June 8, 2012
0:20
Michigan State Senator John Proos notes that Canada has began funding efforts to stop this invasive specie while the America's federal government continues to do nothing.
June 7, 2012
0:34
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen successfully offered an amendment to a Senate supplemental appropriations bills that would make available a $15 million fund from which farmers could borrow at zero interest. These funds will help Michigan farmers and the communities they support make it through this growing season.
June 7, 2012
0:19
Michigan State Senator John Proos sponsored this legislation to give more stability to badly needed road funding in Michigan.
June 6, 2012
0:22
Michigan State Senator John Proos sponsored Senate Bills 322 and 323 which will allow municipalities to defer winter property tax collections until summer when the amount of tax is below $100.
May 23, 2012
0:37
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson sponsored Senate Bill 1052 to give people who own beach front property in Michigan the right to clean their own property. The bill will make the proper distinction between sandy beaches and wetlands, allow property owners to clean and still afford the necessary protections for wetlands.
May 22, 2012
0:33
Michigan State Senator John Proos discusses the potential role Swift and Sure could play in reducing recidivism and therefore crime along with its related costs to the state.
May 17, 2012
0:37
Michigan State Senator John Proos introduced the bill in response to growing concerns regarding brain injury from concussions in youth and high school sports.
May 16, 2012
0:25
Michigan State Senator John Proos voted in favor of these bills that designate companies with environmental practices that exceed the standards set forth by the state as Clean Corporate Citizens. Companies with this designation will be rewarded with less regulatory burden and permitting costs. This will save money that can be reinvested, creating more job opportunities.
May 3, 2012
0:28
Michigan State Senator John Proos sponsored this legislation to help sexually abused children fight back and heal.
May 2, 2012
0:42
State Senator Judy Emmon's joined in sponsoring this legislation in order to help teach children what to do and who they can talk to if they suffer sexual abuse or assault.
May 2, 2012
0:19
Michigan State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker's legislation will require the state to post expenditures on the Internet for tax payers to see.
May 2, 2012
0:21
Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck cosponsored legislation that will give Michigan citizens a view to state spending for the first time on the Internet.
April 18, 2012
0:20
Michigan State Senator John Proos is working on a Senate Resolution urging Washington to act quickly to help farmers gain access to low cost loans to help mitigate this devastating loss to the agricultural sector of southwest Michigan's economy.
April 17, 2012
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Michigan State Senator John Proos reminds us that when we spend our money in Michigan, that money stays in Michigan and helps our economy grow.
April 11, 2012
0:32
Michigan State Senator John Proos promotes scenic southwest Michigan as the destination for a "stay-cation"" this summer"
March 30, 2012
0:24
Michigan Senator John Proos comments on mentored hunting in Michigan
March 28, 2012
0:13
Senator John Proos, Chair of the Michigan Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Corrections, notes that this is the first time in many years that this budget will be less than the year prior.
March 27, 2012
0:09
Michigan State Senator John Proos authored the bill after learning that some taxes collected at the pump go to the state's general fund where they can then be used in other state departments. SB351 would guarantee those funds will be allocated to roads.
March 21, 2012
0:17
Michigan State Senator John Proos questions the need for librarians in prisons during tough economic time while schools are trimming budgets and operating without them.
March 15, 2012
0:7
Citing the need for new drivers to have time to get used to driving for a period of time before allowing the distraction of cell phone conversations, Michigan State Senator John Proos believes this legislation will increase safety on the road for everyone.
March 13, 2012
1:34
Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov notes that the system is presently $45 billion in debt and that if reforms are not enacted soon, the system will continue to divert more and more funding from the classroom to finance ever increasing retirement costs.
March 13, 2012
0:59
Michigan State Senator John Proos favors allowing vocational and technical credits earned during high school to be included in those counted toward graduation. With manufacturing jobs on the rise in the state, a technically trained work force will be necessary to sustain growth in that sector of the economy.
March 13, 2012
0:36
Michigan State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker sponsored Senate Bill 346 just last year requiring the Michigan Dept. of Corrections to collect DNA from all inmates upon incarceration for comparison with ongoing criminal cases. Since October of last year, 74 DNA connections have been made with 61 inmates. This not only solves crime more quickly, it saves tax dollars and law enforcement man hour expenditures.
March 7, 2012
1:14
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen gives a first hand account of the economic devastation a community faces when correctional facilities are closed due to financial inefficiencies and overspending. In support of SB877, Senator Hansen cites how this legislation can help other communities avoid similar outcomes.
March 7, 2012
0:27
Michigan State Senator John Proos agrees with the governor that safety is necessary for job growth and points out that economic development cannot flourish in communities plagued with high crime rates.
March 5, 2012
0:52
Michigan State Senator John Proos cites the needs for all of us to report any suspected abuse, be it mental, physical or financial with regard to anyone from children to senior citizens.
March 1, 2012
29:03
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson discusses transportation issues with Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle and Upper Peninsula Superior Region MDOT Engineer Randy Van Portfliet.
March 1, 2012
0:25
Michigan State Senator Mike Green sponsored this legislation to be sure those winning large lottery prizes do not continue to receive public assistance.
February 29, 2012
0:53
Michigan State Senator John Proos also notes the U.S. Supreme Court decision not to intervene in protecting the Great Lakes.
February 22, 2012
0:31
Michigan State Senator John Proos notes that those businesses that have shown a strong commitment to environmental protection in the past should be trusted and rewarded. Senator Proos also notes that the resulting reduction in cost to the state by reducing unnecessary regulation makes state government more efficient.
February 16, 2012
0:34
Michigan State Senator John Proos gives Adam high marks for his ability to understand and address the needs of the people of southwest Michigan.
February 16, 2012
0:40
Michigan State Senator John Proos reminds us that, while Michigan's economy is improving, there is much more to be done to continue this upward trend.
February 14, 2012
0:25
Michigan State Senator John Proos notes that it's a great way for families to spend time together while enjoying Michigan's great outdoors without the need to purchase a fishing license.
February 14, 2012
1:08
This budget is a targeted investment in the most critical areas of need. We must have world-class educational opportunities for our children if we are to succeed. And it is essential that students and families feel safe in their communities. While we still have much to accomplish, I am pleased to see that Michigan has turned a corner and there is cause for statewide optimism, as the sacrifices we have all made are putting Michigan ahead.
February 8, 2012
1:14
Michigan State Senator John Proos is referring to bills passed that prevent purchasing components of meth commonly found in over the counter cold remedies at one drug store, then simply going to other stores to buy more. The law now requires computer tracking and monitoring of such purchases.
February 8, 2012
0:50
Michigan State Senator John Proos cites Michigan's ranking as the state with the second most diverse agricultural offerings of any state in the country as a strong selling point for the nation-wide ad campaign.
February 7, 2012
28:06
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson discusses various topics with Michigan State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker and Michigan State Senator Judy Emmons.
February 2, 2012
0:41
Michigan State Senator John Proos sites data indicating for the first time in 6 years that Michigan is no longer experiencing a net loss of population.
February 1, 2012
0:19
Michigan State Senator John Proos announces that documents and tips for preparing Michigan income tax returns are available on his Senate website.
February 1, 2012
0:31
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson sponsored this legislation to help bring newer technologies including broad band Internet access to remote areas of the upper peninsula. Senator Casperson notes that industry and business will be much more likely to locate in areas where access to such technologies exist.
February 1, 2012
1:11
Michigan State Senator John Proos begins a new discussion on the issue of Right To Work in light of Indian's recent adoption of RTW legislation.
February 1, 2012
1:08
Michigan State Senator John Proos comments are in reaction to recent passage of Right To Work laws in Indiana and how this could affect Michigan.
January 24, 2012
0:38
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson notes that Michigan was dead last in the nation in getting closure on the cleanup of underground tank sites due to the arbitrary rules process imposed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. This legislation puts into place specific parameters with high environmental standards that will allow property owners to know exactly when they have satisfied state law.
January 1, 2012
29:40
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson discusses issues important to Michigan's Upper Peninsula with Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant.
December 22, 2011
0:52
Michigan State Senator John Proos recommends checking the MI Attorney General's online listing to be sure the charity to which you wish to give is registered and legitimate.
December 21, 2011
4:44
Michigan State Senator John Proos discusses the federal government's attempts to ban the children of farm owners from working on family farms and Erin's Law.
December 16, 2011
4:55
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson urged cooperation among all of the state's legislators after being given a tour of Detroit's mass transit system by Senator Bert Johnson.
December 15, 2011
0:25
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen worked with Senator Dave Hildenbrand and Representative Holly Hughes to ensure Muskegon's plan can move forward without delay.
December 1, 2011
27:58
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson discusses the U.P Children's Museum and the Marquette Regional History Center with Directors Nheena Ittner and Kaye Hiebel.
December 1, 2011
0:26
Michigan State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker notes that this device, once installed in an electronic cash register, allows the user to under report sales and cheat the state out of sales tax revenues. It is estimated that millions of dollars have been cheated in years past.
November 30, 2011
:31
Michigan State Senator John Proos sponsored this legislation to reduce regulatory burden on Michigan's agriculture industry. Among the bill's attributes: it allows for the shifting of produce weight between axles on agricultural vehicles without penalty when the vehicle gross weight is within statute.
November 10, 2011
:27
Michigan State Senator Rick Jones sponsored this legislation to allow judges to consider and include expunged past domestic violence convictions when sentencing repeat offenders.
November 4, 2011
:46
Michigan State Senator John Proos sites that in response to increases in physical, emotional and financial abuse of seniors citizens, this new legislation will help give law enforcement the tools they need to prosecute these predatory criminals.
November 3, 2011
:42
Michigan State Senator John Proos notes the problem of people from Michigan going to neighboring states to purchase fireworks that were banned in this state. This legislation will allow those millions of dollars to be spent here in Michigan.
November 1, 2011
28:30
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson discusses consumer protection programs offered by the MI Attorney General's Office. AG Programs Administrator Jenifer Esch highlights the Cyber Safety Initiative and the Senior Brigade.
November 1, 2011
:43
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson sponsored this legislation to clarify legal jurisdiction within the area of Pictured Rocks. As property for the park has been purchased and donated over the years, confusion over which counties, villages and townships have jurisdiction to legally respond in emergency situations has caused delays in service.
October 31, 2011
26:22
Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck discusses services for returning armed forces members, including Detroit Metropolitan Airport's new Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center. Guests: Doug Williams from the Department of Military Affairs and John McCandless the Freedom Center.
October 31, 2011
27:33
Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck discusses services for returning armed forces members, including Detroit Metropolitan Airport's new Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center. Guests: Doug Williams from the Department of Military Affairs and John McCandless the Freedom Center.
October 27, 2011
:41
Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov cites the ability to meet students needs who might not excel in the traditional classroom.
October 27, 2011
6:22
As Chairman of the Michigan Senate Transportation Committee, State Senator Tom Casperson will play a key role coordinating road improvement legislation.
October 27, 2011
:35
Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck cites the success of 2 cyber schools currently operating in the state and the need to make them available to help any students that can benefit.
October 25, 2011
:28
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson sponsored the bill after learning there was no law in place requiring the timely reporting of a missing child.
October 12, 2011
:17
Michigan State Senator Mike Green voted for this package of bills to make mortgage fraud a crime in Michigan and to increase the penalty to include jail time for those who forge mortgage documents.
October 6, 2011
:32
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen worked to create a vehicle by which experts can proactively manage invasive species that may be a threat in the future. This will have greater success than the current reactive approach.
October 4, 2011
:30
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen notes that 43 states currently allow the purchase and restricted use of these non-police grade self protection devices with no training. Senator Hansen's law will require users to have a CCW permit (carry concealed weapon) and the necessary training that comes with it.
September 29, 2011
23:50
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson discusses preparing for and working in the legislature with Senate staffer Jason Wadaga and MSU student and legislative intern Wyatt Eisenberger.
September 28, 2011
:49
Michigan state Senator Goeff Hansen sponsored this legislation to correct and oversight in the law. Until SB551-2 passed, it was illegal to furnish an inmate with a cell phone, but not illegal for the inmate to possess one. The danger of inmates threatening the families of guards or witnesses by cell phone warranted the immediate need for these bills.
September 27, 2011
:19
Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck sponsored SB425 to allow this dormant and unproductive property to be sold and developed into property that will bring jobs and generate property tax revenue.
September 22, 2011
12:37
Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov discusses education reforms with Detroit radio talk show host Frank Beckmann.
September 21, 2011
:18
Michigan Senator Goeff Hansen sponsored one of the bills to prevent this barbaric procedure in Michigan. The bills now go to the House for approval.
September 15, 2011
8:02
Michigan State Senator John Proos gives his thoughts on the new direction the state needs to take including the need for increased efficiency in how scarce tax dollars are spent.
September 14, 2011
:30
Michigan State Senator Mike Green asks us all to be sure we thank those serving in our armed forces on Veterans Day and not simply take another day off work.
September 12, 2011
26:08
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson discusses Gogebic Community College contributions to education and the economy in the U.P. with GCC president James A. Lorenson and trustee John Lupino.
September 9, 2011
3:50
Michigan State Senator John Proos outlines what your family should prepare to do in the event of an emergency in southwest Michigan.
September 2, 2011
4:02
Michigan State Senator John Proos talks with TV16 on what Michigan has done to foster job growth in our state and turn the economy in the right direction.
September 1, 2011
19:31
Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck discusses online scams, telephone scams and Identity Theft protections for senior citizens with Jennifer Esch from the Attorney General's Senior Brigade.
August 10, 2011
3:21
Michigan State Senator Rick Jones cites, among other problems, increased crime, large numbers of dispensaries near schools and churches, the use of marijuana as a bribe to influence voting and the inappropriate issuance of medical marijuana license cards by unscrupulous doctors.
August 1, 2011
27:08
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson discusses education in Michigan's upper peninsula with Copper Country Intermediate School District Superintendent Dennis P. Harbour.
July 20, 2011
2:02
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson held the meeting because Washington continues to impose more and more severe restrictions on the timber industry through additional EPA mandates. The result is a slow crippling of the timber industry. Senator Casperson hopes to band all the great lakes states together to let Washington know that the midwest timber region is far better at managing and preserving its forests than bureaucrats in Washington.
July 4, 2011
16:11
Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov sponsored the bill that would allow riders 21 and over to ride without a helmet in Michigan.
June 16, 2011
1:44
Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck reminds Senate colleagues that SB165 levels the playing field and opens up the bidding process for tax payer supported construction projects to ALL qualified bidders, not just the chosen few.
June 15, 2011
2:41
Michigan State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker is spearheading this initiative to prevent abuse of elder citizens on all fronts: physical, emotional and financial.
June 15, 2011
0:40
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen sponsored Senate Bill 409 to level the income tax playing field for those who do not receive or have opted out of Social Security.
June 15, 2011
2:18
Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck lists overly burdensome and exhaustive permit processes as just one of many reasons businesses have sought to locate in other states.
June 10, 2011
28:30
Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck discusses bringing jobs back to Michigan with Fritz Enterprises, Inc. Senior Vice President Bill Elson and Small Business Association of Michigan Vice President of Government Relations David Palsrock.
June 1, 2011
28:49
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson discusses northern Michigan issues with Senator Howard Walker and Representative Frank Foster.
May 26, 2011
0:33
Michigan State Senator John Proos remarks that this budget puts the state on the right path to fiscal prosperity.
May 26, 2011
0:38
Michigan State Senator Darwin Booher expresses satisfaction that this budget is finally one with which state government will spend within its means.
May 26, 2011
0:23
Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov looks forward to a new beginning for Michigan.
May 26, 2011
0:32
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen expresses relief in the end of one time budgets fixes and a realistic approach to responsible spending.
May 19, 2011
0:33
Michigan State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker sponsored this legislation because DNA was not being collected until prisoners were released. This will now help investigators solve many crimes while perpetrators are still incarcerated and not free to further victimize the public.
May 18, 2011
1:01
Michigan State Senator John Proos emphasizes the need for reforms after the Senate learned of a man who had won $2 million in the lottery and continued to receive public Bridge Card assistance.
May 6, 2011
7:46
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson speaks with Mitch Lake from Mix93.5, WKMJ Radio in Hancock.
May 6, 2011
2:54
Michigan State Senator Mike Kowall reminds the press that needless obstacles to economic growth exist and should to be removed in order to return Michigan to its place among the top states to live and work.
May 4, 2011
0:29
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen applauds the Senate in passing a bill that allows Boy Scouts to begin fire fighter training creating more quality community volunteers for the future.
May 4, 2011
0:24
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen sponsored one of the bills in this package that forces any rule making by state departments to be approved through the legislative process. When the previous administration could not get votes for new regulations, they circumvented the legislature and imposed rules anyway at the department level.
May 4, 2011
0:37
Michigan State Senator Dave Hildenbrand sponsored one of the bills in this package. This disallows an administration from imposing new rules that are not vetted and approved by the legislature.
May 2, 2011
26:31
Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck discusses the contribution of the Michigan State Police to our state and their ability to maintain service levels during difficult financial times with Director Kriste Kibbey Etue and MSP Forensic Sciences Director John Collins.
April 27, 2011
0:30
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen expresses the need to find dollars so schools won't have to endure cuts at the current level.
April 27, 2011
1:49
Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov asks senators to elevate the discussion above the budget and to offer solutions that improve the state's education system rather than to simply demand money to perpetuate the old broken system.
April 27, 2011
1:08
Michigan State Senator John Proos reminds us that Michigan has no one time fixes left, no stimulus dollars this year from Washington and must now do the hard work that has been put off for nearly a decade.
April 26, 2011
3:15
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson reminds the Senate that the Democrat the solution to all budget problems, raising taxes on all businesses, has been tried and has failed. He also reminds the Senate that tax payers sent him to Lansing to cut wasteful spending and reform an out of control government.
April 14, 2011
24:03
Michigan State Senator Dave Hildenbrand discusses Michigan's financial outlook with Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.
April 14, 2011
0:23
Michigan State Senator Rick Jones sponsored this legislation to stop those receiving state assistance in the form of Bridge Cards from being able to use them at casino ATM machines.
April 12, 2011
1:14
Michigan State Senator John Proos sponsored legislation that would enable drug companies to incorporate an Internet tracking system to alert law enforcement when individuals are moving from store to store making multiple purchases of drugs used in cooking Meth.
April 12, 2011
0:48
Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov authored these changes to the registry to, among other things, require offenders to report their addresses 4 times per year and allow young consenting adults to petition the court to be removed from the list where appropriate.
April 12, 2011
0:28
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson sites the economic importance of these campgrounds to their adjacent communities. His proposal would allow the transfer of maintenance and control authority of the campgrounds from state to local communities.
April 5, 2011
27:46
Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck discusses education issues with parents from all four corners of the K12 education realm: private schools, charter schools, public schools and home-schools. His guests are Paula Ford, Anne Haener-Meghren, Carla Malcomson and Dan Kurt.
March 30, 2011
1:04
Michigan State Senator Darwin Booher expresses his gratitude to all involved in passing the bill and for the natural resource development projects it will bring to Northern Michigan.
March 23, 2011
2:19
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson explains that extending benefits for nearly an extra half year is not a "cut"" as other senators have tried to claim. The legislation also saves Michigan businesses millions of dollars by moving recipients on to the federal system more quickly."
March 17, 2011
1:30
Michigan State Senator Mike Kowall describes legislation that will give businesses that wish to setup or expand in the state prompt response when seeking permits and brings the state's currently onerous regulatory environment within federal standards.
March 17, 2011
3:11
Michigan State Senator Phil Pavlov gives an accurate and honest account of this legislation dispelling many mistruths being propagated in recent days.
March 16, 2011
5:58
Michigan State Senators Mike Kowall, John Pappageorge, Tom Casperson, Phil Pavlov, Dave Hildenbrand and Geoff Hansen introduced legislation to speed the process by which companies can get the necessary state permits to operate in Michigan. Among the many goals of enacting this legislation is to make sure the state does not implement air and water quality standards more stringent than those of the federal government.
February 24, 2011
1:37
Michigan State Senator Tom Casperson co-sponsored this resolution asking congress to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from enacting overly unnecessary and burdensome regulations that have hindered economic development and growth in Michigan.
February 24, 2011
3:18
Michigan State Mike Green co-sponsored this resolution asking congress to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from enacting overly unnecessary and burdensome regulations that have hindered economic development and growth in Michigan.
February 22, 2011
0:30
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen explains the need to bring people to Michigan: once here they will want to live and work here.
February 17, 2011
0:28
Michigan State Senator Goeff hansen introduced the resolution in reaction to the proposed banning of snowmobiling and firearm hunting in the Huron Manistee National Forests by the federal government. The resolution asks the federal government to not enact policy changes based upon the complaints of one individual but rather based upon what is most beneficial for the entire region.
February 17, 2011
0:30
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen invites the people of west Michigan to discuss their concerns during office hours at 2 locations. In Montague from 9-10:15am at the Book Nook and Java Shop, 8726 Ferry St. He'll also be in Whitehall from 10:30-11:45am at Gary's Restaurant, 906 Colby St.
February 14, 2011
7:34
Michigan State Senator Jack Brandenburg is Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.
February 10, 2011
0:28
Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen will hold office hours on Feb. 14, from 8-9:15am at Suzie's Village Inn, 340 N. Third Ave., Fruitport and from 9:45-11am at The Ravenna Roundtable, 12396 Stafford St., Ravenna. All are invited to come and express their viewpoints.
February 9, 2011
1:08
Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck authored this bill to help students better understand our system of government and to honor those who serve to preserve and protect it. Celebrate Freedom Week would take place each year during the week of November 11: Veterans day.
February 8, 2011
0:59
Michigan State Senator Jim Marleau introduced this legislation to allow physicians to express sympathy to patients and their families without fear of it being used against them in litigation.
February 4, 2011
0:30
Michigan State Senator Dave Robertson will host a workshop to explain how to appeal property tax assessments. He has invited property tax expert Marc Avery to help. The workshop will take place at the Davison Country Club, 9512 Lippincott Blvd. Davison, MI 48423
January 25, 2011
0:29
Michigan State Senator Dave Hildenbrand is the author of the first bill of this new legislative session. At the beginning of each session, the first bill, SB1, represents the Senate's top priority for the coming year.
January 25, 2011
1:44
Michigan State Senator Arlan Meekhof cites his close relationship to this issue as his life was protected in 1959, prior to the landmark decision, when his mother carried him to term and gave him up for adoption.
December 26, 2010
24:00
Newly elected state senators Tonya Schuitmaker and Dave Hildenbrand are the guests on this episode of WOOD-TV8's To The Point, Dec. 26, 2010.
September 21, 2010
0:38
Michigan State Senator Mike Nofs voted to put an end to the use of Michigan Bridge Cards in the withdrawal of money from ATM machines in casinos.
August 24, 2010
0:51
Michigan State Senator Mike Nofs sponsored this legislation to make illegal products such as K2 and Spice that contain THC, but due to their technical descriptions, were not outlawed by current marijuana statutes.
June 24, 2010
2:31
Michigan Senator Mike Nofs notes the millions of dollars spent in neighboring communities during racing events.
June 17, 2010
1:05
Michigan State Senator Mike Nofs sponsored this legislation in response to increased electrical service theft by home owners who's power had been shut off for nonpayment. Many home owners have been injured or even killed while reconnecting power themselves. The bills also increase penalties for assaulting a utility worker while shutting off power to homes with delinquent payment.
April 20, 2010
0:49
Michigan State Senator Mike Nofs sponsored SB1101 to protect senior citizens in foster care homes from unscrupulous persons by requiring criminal background checks prior to the licensing of any senior facility.
April 13, 2010
2:18
Michigan State Senator Mike Nofs sponsored SR140 to officially cite April as Youth Financial Literacy Month in Michigan.
December 21, 2009
28:19
Michigan State Senator Mike Nos lays out his plans and views as the Senate's newest member. Senator Nofs was elected to the 19th Senate District on November 3, 2009.