State Senator Dayna Polehanki| Legislative Update Newsletter

// on Sat, Aug 8 2020 / Press release

Dear Neighbors,This has been a tumultuous year for many across our district, but I have been amazed at the way we have come together to get through these unprecedented times. I am so proud to represent such strong and resilient communities across Western Wayne County.In… Read More


Democrats Introduce Bills to Pause Standardized Testing

// on Wed, Jul 22 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sens. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia), Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), Rosemary Bayer (D-Bloomfield Hills),Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo), and Paul Wojno (D-Warren) today introduced a bill package to pause most standardized tests for the 2020-2021 school year.  Identical bills are expected to be introduced in the House by Democratic Representatives. “Our… Read More


Senate Democrats Expand Unemployment as Federal Benefits Expire

// on Thu, Jul 2 2020 / Press release

LANSING — The Senate Democratic Caucus has introduced a comprehensive plan to boost Michigan’s unemployment system to expand benefits for unemployed individuals starting July 25, 2020 — the last date of federal benefits for unemployment. Currently, unemployed Michiganders can access a more generous unemployment compensation… Read More


Sen. Polehanki, Rep. Stone Introduce Resolution Urging US Department of Education to Waive Federal Mandate for Standardized Tests

// on Wed, Jun 24 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) and Rep. Lori Stone (D-Warren) introduced a concurrent resolution to urge the U.S. Department of Education to waive the federal mandate for standardized tests. Last week, Governor Brian Kemp (R) requested a similar waiver for the state of Georgia. “Standardized tests… Read More


Senator Polehanki on being named to Return to Learn Advisory Council

// on Wed, Jun 3 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) has issued the following statement regarding her appointment to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Return to Learn Advisory Council, established on May 15 by Executive Order 2020-88, that is tasked with providing recommendations to the state on how schools might safely reopen… Read More


Sen. Polehanki Introduces Resolution to Prohibit Guns in State Capitol

// on Tue, May 12 2020 / Press release

LANSING – Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) is introducing a resolution today that calls for a ban on guns in the Michigan State Capitol Building except by law enforcement. The resolution comes on the heels of the Michigan Capitol Commission failing to implement a ban during its meeting… Read More


Democratic Senators, AG, Agree: No Guns in Capitol

// on Fri, May 8 2020 / Press release

LANSING — Sens. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia), Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit), Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), and Marshall Bullock (D-Detroit) issued the following statement after Attorney General Dana Nessel advised today that the Michigan State Capitol Commission has the authority to prohibit guns from the Capitol: “The Capitol is the building of the people, and it should be… Read More


Polehanki on latest executive order from Whitmer about K-12 schools

// on Thu, Apr 2 2020 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia), the Democratic Vice Chair of the Senate Education Committee and a former teacher, released the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order this morning regarding next steps for Michigan’s K-12 schools: “Gov. Whitmer is right to suspend face-to-face… Read More


Stay Home, Stay Safe Order

// on Mon, Mar 23 2020 / Press release

To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. For at least the next three weeks, all Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, and… Read More


Governor Whitmer is focused on families, not breaking the law

// on Mon, Feb 24 2020 / Press release

Governor Whitmer is not breaking the law by pledging to help families navigate Michigan’s third grade reading law, which will fail as many as 5,000 third graders based on one high-stakes standardized test, the M-STEP, they take this spring.  In his recent Detroit News op-ed, “Opinion: Whitmer’s rebellion hurts our kids,” Sen. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) essentially accuses Governor Whitmer of wild, wild… Read More

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