Senator Jim Runestad's Press Releases

Runestad commends UM free speech statement

LANSING, MI — State Sen. Jim Runestad on Friday commended the University of Michigan Board of Regents for a free speech statement adopted last month by the higher education institution. The statement outlines principles to guide the university to accept “diversity of thought and freedom of speech.” “Higher education has gotten away with suppressing the freedom of speech and expression of many students for years,” said

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Runestad reintroduces bipartisan nursing home camera bill once ‘pocket vetoed’ by governor

LANSING, MI — State Sen. Jim Runestad on Tuesday reintroduced his legislation to better protect nursing home residents by allowing them to install cameras in their own rooms. “It is a tragic reality that vulnerable seniors risk suffering in isolation and from physical abuse because of bad actors who masquerade as caregivers or otherwise gain access to these facilities,” said Runestad, R-White Lake. “In a perfect

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Republican senators introduce resolution to support Texas governor’s border policies

LANSING, MI — Sen. Jim Runestad and 13 fellow Republicans, including Senate Republican Leader Aric Nesbitt, introduced a resolution on Wednesday in support of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s efforts to secure the southern border. Senate Resolution 91 would recognize and “support the actions of the governor of Texas in furtherance of his constitutional right and responsibility to protect the citizens of his state and secure the

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Runestad Detroit News op-ed: Ignoring immigration laws impacts residents

By Sen. Jim Runestad 23rd Senate District he United States, like every nation on earth, has immigration laws. The reason these laws exist is because every nation — at least in theory — recognizes that to protect the interests of their citizenry, there must be limits and criteria in the admission of new immigrants. Ensuring that newcomers do not become public charges has been an explicit

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Runestad defends rights of Michigan homeschoolers

LANSING, MI — State Sen. Jim Runestad on Thursday voiced his support for the rights of Michigan parents to homeschool their children in response to recent challenges from prominent Democrats. On Dec. 5, the chair of the state House Education Committee took to social media to call for the mandatory registration of all homeschoolers in the state in response to Attorney General Dana Nessel’s announcement of

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