Senator Ed McBroom

LANSING, MI--   Legislation to restore a second circuit court judgeship to Marquette County is headed to Governor Whitmer’s desk.

The county is currently served by only one after a second position was eliminated in 2017.

Marquette County court cases make up approximately 25 percent of the annual U.P. court caseload. The average annual number of felony cases alone in the county has more than doubled over the last decade, largely due to an increase in meth abuse.

The House bill was introduced by Representative Sara Cambensy and the Senate bill by Senator Ed McBroom.

LANSING, MI--   Sen. Ed McBroom, chairman of the Senate Oversight Committee, on Wednesday announced the publication of the panel’s report on the November 2020 General Election in Michigan:

LANSING, MI--   The following is a release from Senator Ed McBroom's office:

The Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would require that each member of the state’s Wolf Management Advisory Council be a resident of the Upper Peninsula unless wolves become present in the Lower Peninsula.

LANSING, MI--   State Sen. Ed McBroom on Friday urged Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to reopen local branch offices for walk-in service.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Senate Republicans have relaxed legislation that would have prohibited the use of absentee ballot drop boxes on Election Day, instead proposing to close them at 5 p.m., three hours before Michigan polls close. 

The change, which isn't appeasing opponents, was announced Wednesday. Republican Senator Ed McBroom says the goal is to let clerks gather and process ballots earlier “so they’re not out after hours working all night to process thousands and thousands of ballots."

LANSING, MI--   The following is a release from Senator Ed McBroom's office:

Michigan businesses with liquor licenses would not have to pay on-premises liquor license fees this year and an on-premises spirits discount would be increased and extended under legislation approved by the state Senate on Wednesday.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s Secretary of State is at odds with State Senate Republicans over appearing before a committee to testify on election security. 

The state Director of Elections has agreed to appear before the Senate Oversight committee, but not Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. The committee is scheduled to meet later this month. 

State Senator Ed McBroom says he’s extended another invitation to Benson to appear at the hearing.  McBroom says he would like Benson to appear before the committee to discuss the 2020 election.

LANSING, MI--   The following is a letter sent Monday from Senate Oversight Committee Chairman Sen. Ed McBroom to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson concerning the committee’s open invitation to the secretary to testify before the committee:

Dear Secretary Benson,

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Senate adopted on Tuesday resolutions calling for a wolf hunt in the state.

Sponsored by Senator Ed McBroom, they urge the Natural Resources Commission to authorize, and the Department of Natural Resources to organize, wolf hunting and trapping as part of the state’s wolf management efforts beginning in 2021.

LANSING, MI--   Upper Peninsula lawmakers on Monday expressed displeasure with a recent Michigan administrative law judge decision to overturn a previously approved wetlands permit for the proposed Back Forty Mine in Menominee County, which is set to mine gold, zinc, and copper.