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Senate Bill 32: Police Poaching
Senate Bill 32 which would allow the Detroit Police Department and other police departments to enter tuition contracts with recruits. Currently, DPD recruits and trains officers through their very own police academy; which the taxpayers of Detroit pay for. Unfortunately, the current state law does not allow the city of Detroit to retain those recruits once they receive their MCOLES certification.
This means the citizens of Detroit pay for training officers that may never work a day in the city. With SB 32, law enforcement agencies could recruit and pay for training in return for a guaranteed four years of service to the city. If a law enforcement wants to leave within those four years, they may pay back the city for the training, the gaining agency may back the city. If the department believes it is in the best interest of everyone, they may waive the payback or if the officer decides to leave law enforcement, then there is no payback.
SB 32 received a hearing in the Senate Committee on Civil Rights, Judiciary, and Public Safety on February 16, 2023.
Making Juneteenth an official state holiday
On February 1, I re-introduced legislation today that would establish “Juneteenth,” or June 19, as a state-recognized holiday.
The oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S., Juneteenth is often attributed to the ratification of the 13th Amendment. However, this information is historically inaccurate, as Juneteenth is a celebration of when Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official on Jan. 1, 1863.
“Although freedom under the law was finally guaranteed, the truth is that Black and Brown people have faced the brunt of the U.S. government to this day. Along with celebrating the end of this dark chapter in American history, we must also face the hard truth that the hard-fought battle for justice is not over. The events of the past couple weeks have brought to bear the wounds of our past once more, reminding us that the work is not done in this country. With this bill, I urge our great state to set an example of what it looks like to recognize the ending of slavery while also striving to take the lead on guaranteeing equal rights for every American.”
Establishing Juneteenth as an official state holiday supports an ongoing effort to expand racial justice and equity in Michigan and further promotes the commemoration of when all slaves heard the news that they were emancipated from slavery.
Detroit Police Department Explorers Program visit State Capitol
On February 22, over 50 students and police officers from the various police precincts in Detroit visited the Capitol in Lansing. The Explorers and their police mentors spent time with me in the Senate Chamber as we discussed the legislative process, a day in the life of a Senator, and how they can make an impact on Legislation. It was so amazing to see these wonderful future leaders in Lansing.
GOV. WHITMER’S FY23/24 BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS
On Wednesday, February 8, Gov. Whitmer introduced her executive budget proposal to lower costs, grow our economy, and build a brighter future for Michiganders. The budget proposal includes investments to put money back in people’s pockets, help students thrive in school, put more people on paths to higher education and good-paying jobs, improve public health, keep our communities safe, and rebuild our infrastructure—all without raising taxes by a dime.
DETROIT HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYER ON LIFE SUPPORT PROTOCOL AFTER CARDIAC ARREST
Cartier Woods, a senior at Northwestern High School in Detroit, remained on a ventilator Friday in critical condition at Henry Ford Hospital after collapsing from cardiac arrest during a Tuesday night basketball game against Fredrick Douglass Academy.
Woods collapsed three minutes into the game, telling a coach he was dizzy before he fell to the floor. CPR was administered immediately, and he was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Screening tests can prevent sudden cardiac arrest
Simple screening tests can help doctors identify young athletes at risk for sudden cardiac arrest to prevent tragedy, Trivax said. Those tests are an electrocardiogram, commonly known as an EKG, and an echocardiogram.
Corewell Health began offering those screenings free to high school athletes in 2007.
“It shouldn’t matter how many EKGs you need to do or how many echocardiograms you need to do to find one case,” Trivax said. “We should only think about how we found one case. We saved one life. I feel very strongly about that.”
Since that first screening at Royal Oak High School, the health system has tested the hearts of 19,701 students, according to Jennifer Shea, manager of the Beaumont Student Heart Check Program. Of them:
Parents who are interested in having their student-athlete tested for heart abnormalities can email Shea at Jennifer.Shea@Beaumont.org to be put on a notification list for the next screening event. Registration is required.
AG NESSEL: PHISHING SCAM NOTICE
Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are reminding Michigan consumers to be aware of phishing text messages that claim their EBT benefit cards are locked. The message includes a phone number to call for help. Responding to these messages may allow scammers to access to the card’s funds.
EBT cards provide government food assistance, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps. This scam is serious as those who receive benefits rely on these funds to feed their families.
If you are a SNAP recipient and receive a text message that your EBT card is locked, this is a scam. Do not respond.
Visit Michigan Attorney General Government Imposter Scams alert to learn more.
MICHIGAN ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
The Michigan Achievement Scholarship application has opened for all high school seniors! This scholarship provides:
There is no deadline for this scholarship. Students have 15 months from either their high school graduation or high school equivalency completion to enter college and use the funds they are awarded.
High school seniors can get started by following these steps:
I have several Coffee & Conversation events I hope you will join me for. These events are a great way to share your questions, thoughts, and comments on the issues that matter most to you, as well as get a firsthand update on what my colleagues and I have been working on in Lansing. I hope to see you there!
Coffee and Conversation with Sen. Santana
WHEN: Monday, March 13, 2023, from 9 – 10:30 am
WHEN: Monday, March 13, 2023, from 11 – 12:30 pm
WHEN: Monday, March 13, 2023, from 1 – 2:30 pm
WHEN: Monday, March 13, 2023, from 3 – 4:30 pm
MEET MY STAFF
As the State Senator for District 2, I have a wonderful staff that allows me to handle a wide range of issues across our community and my legislative duties. They are also available to assist you with questions, navigating State Departments, and finding resources for the issues you’re facing.
For Community events and other meetings, I am joined by:
My legislative director, who handles questions relating to policy and legislation is:
For those with scheduling requests, please reach out my executive assistant:
My chief of staff, who handles staff actions and appropriations, is also available to answer questions: