Senator Ed McBroom

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.

LANSING, MI--   The recent veto of a bill that would have allowed first-time offenders convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) to have their convictions set aside is a disservice to those who have paid their debts to society, said Sen. Ed McBroom and Rep. Beau LaFave.

LANSING, MI--   State Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Waucedah Township, and Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Hancock, issued the following statement on Tuesday, blasting a restraining order filed against Calumet-based Café Rosetta in an Ingham County court:

“Today, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, Director Robert Gordon, and their department bureaucrats in their crackdown against hardworking Upper Peninsula residents and property owners. 

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Senate has approved two bills sponsored by Senator Ed McBroom.

The first would allow the state to sell the former Ojibway Correctional Facility in Gogebic County. The prison was shut down in December of 2018. McBroom says once the state sells the property a private company can repurpose the site and reemploy area residents.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Attorney General and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) recently learned that Dean Foods, the largest dairy processor in the United States, sent notices to a handful of Michigan dairy farmers who direct-shipped their milk to a former Dean dairy plant in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

The notices demand the return of money paid to them by Dean in the months leading up to the company’s bankruptcy. The company filed for bankruptcy in November 2019.