Michigan Senate

6:23 am
Fri July 11, 2014

State Senate Majority Leader Calls for Tighter Regulations on Charter Schools

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Randy Richardville says a "better system of checks and balances" is needed after Free Press series on charter schools
State lawmakers can expect to see legislation introduced in the next month or two tightening up the statute regulating charter schools in Michigan. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, said Thursday during a taping of the "Off the Record" show on public television that he has asked his staff to begin drafting legislation in the wake of a Free Press special report on the performance and oversight of state charter schools.
6:31 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Michigan Senate Considers Repeal of Ban on Ticket Scalping

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Law against reselling tickets for a higher price is widely unenforced
Lansing House-passed legislation that would make ticket scalping legal in Michigan was portrayed by proponents Tuesday as an overdue change to promote consumer rights that the Senate should approve.
2014 election
9:25 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Kalamazoo County Commissioner launches campaign for state House

Brandt Iden
Credit Iden campaign website

Kalamazoo County Commissioner Brandt Iden says he will run for the state House next year. 

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8:57 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Schuitmaker to seek re-election in new Senate district

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New 26th Senate district includes Van Buren, Allegan and part of Kent Counties.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PAW PAW, MI - State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker announced today that she will seek re-election in the new 26th District, ending speculation surrounding which district she would choose to run in Schuitmaker currently represents the 20th District, which includes all of Kalamazoo County, as well as Paw Paw and Antwerp townships in Van Buren County.
1:47 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

UPDATE: Senate passes animal shelter bill on gas chambers

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The bill now heads to the state House for approval.
LANSING, MI -- A bill working its way through the Michigan Senate would ban the use of gas chambers to euthanize cats or dogs. Sponsoring state Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, said that animal control shelters in some Michigan counties use gas when it is necessary to euthanize a dog or cat despite the availability of lethal injection.