Santana named to newly created judicial task force

// on April 18, 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) has been named by Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) to Governor Whitmer’s newly announced bipartisan Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration to reform Michigan’s justice system. According to the Michigan Supreme Court, the group will be analyzing jail… Read More


Santana on Senate committee support of raising the age to 18 for adult charges

// on April 18, 2019 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) has issued the following statement after her ‘Raise the Age’ legislation passed the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee this morning with support from both Democrats and Republicans.  Senate Bills 92, 95, and … Read More


Sen. Santana introduces resolution to raise sexual assault awareness

// on April 16, 2019 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) has issued the following statement after the Michigan Senate passed a resolution she introduced today to declare April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” in Michigan: “Sexual violence is an issue for everyone — it impacts women, children and men of all… Read More


Legislation proposed to cut sentences for marijuana crimes

// on April 16, 2019 / Article

Legislation has been proposed to give a second chance to people convicted of some marijuana-related crimes prior to Michigan’s legalization of recreational marijuana. Introduced by Sen. Sylvia Santana, a Democrat representing Detroit, Senate Bills 262-265 would reduce prison, parole or probation sentences for people jailed… Read More


Santana introduces legislation to reduce sentences for marijuana crimes

// on April 12, 2019 / Press release

LANSING. – Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) has taken the lead on introducing bipartisan legislation to offer second chances to people imprisoned for certain marijuana-related offenses prior to Michigan’s legalization of recreational marijuana. The bill package, Senate Bills 262-265, also known as the “Marihuana Violation Sentence Reduction… Read More


Michigan bill would require minimum number of female directors

// on March 29, 2019 / Article

A bill introduced in the Michigan Senate would require publicly held corporations with their principal executive offices in Michigan to have a minimum number of female directors. The bill, SB 115, introduced by State Senator Sylvia Santana, closely resembles a similar bill, SB 826, adopted… Read More


Opinion: Keep Michigan kids out of prison

// on March 25, 2019 / Article

Under Michigan law, 17-year-olds are not allowed to vote or register for the military. They can’t buy lottery tickets, and they can’t open a line of credit. So why does Michigan law allow these same children to be thrown into prison with hardened criminals? Incarcerating… Read More


Sen. Santana on legislation to fund Detroit police

// on March 20, 2019 / Press release

LANSING —  Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) has issued the following statement after she introduced Senate Bills 234 and 235 to prevent police departments from poaching officers trained by the Detroit Police Department (DPD), and to provide additional funding for the DPD’s retirement system through an entertainment tax. “The City of… Read More


Sen. Santana mourns victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

// on March 15, 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich — Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) has issued the following statement after 49 people were murdered at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. “My heart goes out to the families in New Zealand who have lost a loved one in the mosque attacks. These… Read More


Sen. Santana introduces legislation to move on from “Grand Bargain”

// on March 15, 2019 / Press release

LANSING — Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) has introduced legislation to end state oversight of the city of Detroit as a condition of the 2014 “Grand Bargain,” which pulled Detroit out of bankruptcy. “The time for the so-called ‘Grand Bargain’ has come and gone, and so too should… Read More

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