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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 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.
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
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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.
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
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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
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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 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
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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 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 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
: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
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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 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 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
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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 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.
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
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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
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 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.
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 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 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
1:55
Sen. John Proos R-St. Joseph:Joined legislative caucus in opposition to Canadian Nuclear Waste site on the shores of Lake Huron.
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 13, 2015
:48
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, reminds Southwest Michigan residents to honor fallen public safety officers.
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
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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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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
0:19
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 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.
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
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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
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 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.
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 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 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
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.