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

Democrats Introduce Bills to Protect Workers during Re-engagement

// on Tue, May 19 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sens. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit), Winnie Brinks(D-Grand Rapids) and Sean McCann (D-Kalamazoo) today introduced a bill package to protect workers and public health as Michigan begins to re-engage the economy. Identical bills have been introduced in the House by Democratic Representatives. “Many workers are afraid to… Read More

Geiss, Santana on Capitol Commission Punting on Public Safety

// on Mon, May 11 2020 / Press release

LANSING — Sens. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) and Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) issued the following statement after the Capitol Commission today decided to create a special committee and delay a decision on prohibiting guns from the Capitol:   “The Capitol Commission’s decision to delay a ruling on guns in the Capitol is… 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

Santana: Confederate flags should not be allowed at the state Capitol

// on Wed, Apr 29 2020 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) issued the following statement today after she introduced a bill to ban the Confederate battle flag from display or use on the Capitol grounds or in the state Capitol Building:  “The Confederate battle flag is viewed by many — regardless… Read More

Senate Democrats Offer Recommendations to Re-Engage Michigan

// on Fri, Apr 24 2020 / Press release

LANSING — Today, Sens. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) and Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) released their recommendations after being unable to reach consensus on the bipartisan Senate Safe Behaviors for Safe Workplaces workgroup. “Every worker needs workplace protections to ensure they can do their jobs safely and without unnecessarily risking their… 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

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