Senator Jim Runestad's Press Releases

**Media Advisory** Sen. Runestad available for comments following 2023 State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Runestad will be available for comments Wednesday evening following the governor’s 2023 State of the State address. Who: Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake. What: Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address. When: Immediately following the address, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Where: By phone. Brief: Runestad will be available

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Sen. Runestad calls for greater MDHHS transparency following death of Pontiac women, children

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Runestad said Thursday that he intends to introduce legislation that will provide more transparency between state lawmakers and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services following the accidental deaths of a Pontiac mother and two of her children. “Under current state and federal statutes, I am told that MDHHS is extremely limited — to the point of absolutely zero

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Legislation to fight organized retail crime, court server corruption among 9 Runestad bills that became law over past year

LANSING, Mich. — Nine bills introduced by Sen. Jim Runestad during the 2021-2022 legislative session were signed by the governor to become law, among the most of any state senator over that time. “Every year, many good bills fall short of passing through both legislative chambers — and a good number find themselves vetoed by the governor,” said Runestad, R-White Lake. “I am proud to have

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Runestad Detroit News op-ed: Protect public pensions from politics

By Sen. Jim Runestad 15th Senate District Promises matter and it is important that they are kept. Many police officers, firefighters, public school employees, and thousands of other public employees count on the promise of their pension to provide for them in retirement. That is why I have proposed legislation to protect Michigan public pensions from politically motivated investing strategies. Senate Bill 1192 would amend the Public Employee

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Sen. Runestad’s bill to protect public pensions from politically motivated investing gains committee approval

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Runestad’s legislation to protect Michigan public pensions from politically motivated investing strategies was approved Tuesday by the Senate Committee on Finance. “Decisions on investments need to focus on the finances to keep pension promises made to police officers, firefighters, public school employees, and thousands of other public employees,” said Runestad, R-White Lake. “A fiduciary’s sole duty should be to secure the

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Sen. Runestad introduces bill to protect public pensions from politically motivated investing

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Runestad on Wednesday introduced legislation to protect Michigan public pensions from politically motivated investing strategies. “Recently, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees made headlines when it removed a resolution from its agenda that would have called on companies doing business with the university to oppose the Secure MI Vote ballot initiative,” said Runestad, R-White Lake. “While the MSU board

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