Legislation proposed to cut sentences for marijuana crimes

// on Tue, Apr 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 Fri, Apr 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 Fri, Mar 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 Mon, Mar 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 Wed, Mar 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 Fri, Mar 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 Fri, Mar 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


Sen. Santana on “Raise the Age” testimony in Senate committee

// on Thu, Mar 7 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich — Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) has issued the following statement after she testified in front of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee in support of the “Raise the Age” bill package. The legislation is supported by both Democrats and Republicans, and would treat 17-year-olds… Read More


Sen. Santana on Gov. Whitmer’s plan to help those in poverty

// on Tue, Mar 5 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Sylvia Santana (D–Detroit) has issued the following statement on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget, which includes investments to help lift people out poverty. “There are too many Detroit families who don’t have access to government services and simple life necessities because… Read More


Sen. Santana on firing of Detroit police officer for racially insensitive actions

// on Wed, Feb 27 2019 / Press release

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Sylvia Santana (D–Detroit) has issued the following statement on news that Detroit police officer Gary Steele has been fired after posting inappropriate comments and a racially insensitive Snapchat video. “Detroit Police Chief James Craig has been an outstanding leader… Read More

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