Polehanki on News Regarding Threats to Governor, State Capitol

// on Thu, Oct 8 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia), whose tweet of armed men overlooking the Michigan State Senate chambers in June went viral, has issued the following statement regarding today’s news of an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and violently overthrow state government:“I was shaken to… Read More

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduces Child Literacy Legislation During National Dyslexia Awareness Month

// on Tue, Oct 6 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — In honor of National Dyslexia Awareness Month, today a bipartisan group of Senators hosted a virtual press conference on legislation to improve child literacy in Michigan. Sen. Jeff Irwin (D–Ann Arbor), Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia), Sen. Jim Runestad (R-White Lake), and Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) recently introduced four bills to address factors… Read More

Senators Bayer, Polehanki Introduce Bills to Prohibit Guns in State Capitol

// on Tue, Sep 29 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Sens. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills) and Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) introduced legislation to prohibit both open and concealed carry of firearms inside the Michigan State Capitol Building, except for Michigan State Police officers and Sergeants-at-Arms.“The only reason most people bring firearms into the Capitol is to… Read More

Senator Polehanki on DeVos rejection of test waiver request

// on Fri, Sep 4 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) has issued the following statement after U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rejected the Michigan Department of Education’s waiver request for federally-mandated tests, despite the continuing COVID-19 pandemic: “With Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s decision to deny the Michigan Department… Read More

Senator Polehanki: ‘Students Need Instruction, Not More Tests’

// on Sat, Aug 15 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) has issued the following statement regarding the passage of a package of bills that mandates assessments and reporting requirements for the forthcoming school year, including additional standardized testing: “My Republican colleagues have decided that at the start of the first… Read More

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

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