Senate Democrats Introduce Police Reform Bills

// on Thu, Oct 1 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sens. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit), Marshall Bullock(D-Detroit), and Jim Ananich (D-Flint) have introduced a bill package to reform policing in Michigan. The senators are continuing their conversations across the aisle to develop a bipartisan set of bills for later this year.The legislation would enhance and improve… Read More

Senator Santana on Segregated Cafes at U-M Dearborn

// on Thu, Sep 10 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) has issued the following statement after the University of Michigan-Dearborn sparked ire for creating two virtual cafes, one for ‘Black, Indigenous and People of Color’ and the other for ‘Non-POC (People of Color)’ as a way for people to… Read More

Wayne County State Senate Delegation Statement on Jail Attack of Deputy Sheriff Bryant Searcy

// on Thu, Sep 3 2020 / Press release

DETROIT, Mich. — Today, the Wayne County delegation of senators — Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit), Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit), Sen. Marshall Bullock (D-Detroit), Sen. Betty Jean Alexander (D-Detroit), Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) and Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) — have issued the following statement regarding the killing of Wayne County Deputy Sheriff Corporal Bryant Searcy by… Read More

Senator Santana: ‘Education Plan Falls Short of Benchmarks’

// on Sat, Aug 15 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) issued the following statement today after the Michigan Senate passed an education bill package that outlines various requirements for the forthcoming school year during the COVID-19 pandemic: “Our educators, students and families deserve to know that those elected and entrusted… Read More


// on Tue, Jul 28 2020 / Newsletter

Dear Constituents,I’m honored to serve as your state senator in Lansing. This newsletter provides information about the new auto insurance laws, the new driver’s license requirements, and laws that you could be ticketed for.I want all of my constituents to have this knowledge and pass… Read More


// on Thu, Jul 16 2020 / Newsletter

MICHIGAN ELECTION GUIDE This year, an incredibly important election will take place and I want you to have the information you need to be prepared. We don’t know what the future holds or how this election will look as we continue to navigate our way… Read More

Sen. Santana Supports Implicit Bias Training in Health Care

// on Thu, Jul 9 2020 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) issued the following statement today regarding Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s directive to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to begin developing rules to require health professionals to undertake implicit biastraining prior to licensure: “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to bear the… 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

Santana: ‘Guns Must Be Banned from the Capitol’

// on Tue, Jun 30 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) issued the following statement today after learning of the decision from a private legal firm that the Michigan State Capitol Commission does have the authority to ban guns from the state Capitol Building:  “People should not have to go to… Read More

Santana bill would make Juneteenth state holiday

// on Thu, Jun 18 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) has introduced legislation that would establish “Juneteenth,” or June 19, as a state-recognized holiday. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that the… Read More

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