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Friends and Neighbors,

Serving the people of Livingston and Washtenaw counties is very important to me. I encourage you to contact me with any state issue. Here are a few highlights from Lansing to help keep you in the loop on what is happening and what I am personally working on. For a more detailed day-to-day update, please follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

As always, if you have any questions about the contents of this newsletter, or any other legislative matter, you can contact my office at
[email protected] or by calling (517) 373-2420.


Lana Theis
State Senator

Theis supports major tax cut benefiting workers, seniors, and businesses

This past Tuesday, the Michigan Senate passed legislation that would cut taxes by $2.5 billion for Michigan families, the retired, and small businesses.

This is the right plan, both for right now and in the future. While the governor and Democrats are proposing the most expensive budget in state history and making government even bigger, taxpayers are being forced to stretch their budgets every month as the cost of living outpaces what they’re taking home. We’re facing an economic situation not seen in 40 years as inflation skyrockets and the state struggles to recover from the governor’s shutdowns. We don’t need more government spending. We need to help Michiganders keep more of what they earn, and this tax cut will help in a big way.

Senate Bill 768 would reduce the state’s personal income tax from 4.25% to 3.9% and the corporate income tax rate from 6% to 3.9%.

It would also create a $500 per child tax credit for each child age 19 and under.

Additionally, the bill would broaden the tax exemption for ALL retirement income to $30,000 for individuals and $60,000 for couples, not just those who collect a government pension.

SB 768, which I co-sponsored, now advances to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Theis introductions legislation to ban red-light cameras in Michigan

This week, I introduced legislation that would prohibit municipalities from installing so-called red-light cameras to issue traffic citations in the state.

Red-light cameras are not about motorist safety. They are cynical revenue grabs, often riddled with corruption with no benefit for the greater good. What’s more important, red-light cameras violate motorists’ constitutional rights, and studies show that they even increase traffic accidents. Red-light cameras are the definition of government overreach, and we should keep them off our streets.

Twenty-one states and Washington, D.C. currently allow red-light cameras, but recent guidance from the Biden Administration cleared the way for more cameras to be installed under the newly-signed federal infrastructure law.

Senate Bill 875 stipulates that photographic traffic signal enforcement systems must not be used to enforce Section 612 of the Michigan Vehicle Code and that any citation issued on the basis of a recorded image produced by a photographic traffic signal enforcement system would be void.

The bill was referred to the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for consideration.

Theis requests state audit of school safety drill compliance

On Wednesday, I requested a formal State Auditor General audit to verify whether Michigan K-12 schools are conducting, documenting and reporting mandatory safety drills.

Schools are required by law to conduct at least three safety drills per academic year and to document and publicly report that the drills have been completed. After the shooting that occurred at Oxford High School last year, I began to research the status of safety drills compliance in the state.

What I found was alarming. School safety drills are entirely self-directed and self-reported. There is no process to ensure schools followed the official state police drill model, nor a formal state record to verify whether safety drills have been conducted. This is an extraordinarily concerning development that must be corrected for the sake of every student and parent in our state.

In response to my discovery, I submitted a formal audit request to state Auditor General Doug Ringler, asking him to conduct a comprehensive review of the following:

1. Over the past three school years, have school districts in Michigan completed the safety drills required in MCL 29.19(5); and
2. Over the past three school years, have school districts in Michigan maintained the proper documentation and reporting requirements as outlined in MCL 29.19(7).

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our children, and I am hopeful Auditor General Ringler will accept my request to audit schools’ safety drill compliance. Regardless of his findings, it is clear more must be done to streamline this process and ensure our schools and our students are better prepared.

Education Committee hears from parents fed up with virtual learning

On Tuesday, February 8, the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee, which I chair, heard from Michigan parents and educational experts about the negative impact virtual learning is having on K-12 students in the state.

Three years into this pandemic and it is a fact that forced virtual learning has seriously damaged our children, both their academic achievement and their mental health and wellbeing. We hear it from educational experts, health care professionals, parents and from students themselves.

We can no longer be beholden to state bureaucrats and teachers’ unions, who are seemingly only looking out for themselves and not our kids. The fact that the Michigan Department of Education has found a way around needing children to be in person to receive foundation allowance payments for these kids adds insult to injury.

Our education system is in crisis. Our students are falling behind. We simply must prioritize our children’s education and do all we can to get them back into their classrooms full-time. I strongly encourage all parents to contact their teachers, principals, superintendents, boards of education, lawmakers and the governor and make their voices heard — Michigan parents want their children back in school.

For a directory of Michigan’s school districts, visit this website.

To contact the Michigan Department of Education, visit this website or call 833-633-5788.

To find your lawmaker, visit this website.

To contact the governor, call 517-335-7858.

People wishing to watch an archived broadcast of the committee hearing, visit this website.

DNR accepting applications for conservation officer academy

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The DNR is currently accepting applications for two conservation officer academies being offered this year.

Michigan conservation officers are fully licensed law enforcement officers who provide natural resources protection, ensure recreational safety and protect citizen through general law enforcement and conducting lifesaving operations in the communities they serve. Learn more at

Applications are due Monday, February 28.

Winter Free Fishing Weekend is February 19-20

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Michigan’s annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend is this month. On February 19-20, all fishing license fees will be waived and vehicles will be able to winter state parks and use boating sites without a recreation passport.

Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland lakes and Great Lakes for all species of fish, but all fishing regulations still apply.

Visit for information on special events and activities. A state Recreation Passport will not be required at any state park or recreation area during the free fishing weekend.

Remember that ice fishing can be dangerous if people do not follow safety procedures or head out on the ice unprepared. Click here for additional information on ice fishing.

Michigan's 22nd Senate District

The 22nd State Senate District includes all of Livingston County and western Washtenaw County, including Ann Arbor (part), Bridgewater Twp., Chelsea, Dexter city, Dexter Twp., Freedom Twp., Lima Twp., Lodi Twp. (part), Lyndon Twp., Manchester Twp., Northfield Twp., Saline Twp. (part), Scio Twp. (part), Sharon Twp., Sylvan Twp., and Webster Twp.

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Senator Lana Theis
Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building, Suite #7400
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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