Dayna Polehanki

‘Biological females are one of our nation’s greatest treasures,’ says backer of anti-trans sports bill

BY: - May 25, 2021

A state Senate bill that aims to prevent transgender athletes in Michigan high schools from competing on sports teams that align with their gender identity landed condemnation and support during a legislative hearing in Lansing Tuesday afternoon.  Senate Bill 218, which was introduced in March by state Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) and is co-sponsored by […]

Senate declines to declare Monday COVID-19 Victims and Survivors Memorial Day

BY: - February 26, 2021

State Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) on Thursday offered a resolution on the Senate floor to recognize Monday as COVID-19 Victims and Survivors Memorial Day, but the GOP-led body declined to take up the measure that only has Democratic sponsors. “COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the globe and has had catastrophic effects on human life, our […]

Advance investigation: Michigan joins just 2 other states without Capitol firearm regulations

BY: - January 11, 2021

Updated, 10:05 a.m., 1/11/21 A months-long investigation by the Advance has revealed that Michigan is one of only three states with virtually no firearm regulations or security measures in place for its state Capitol. The Advance contacted officials and agencies in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., to gather their most recent capitol building firearm […]

Senate Dems debut bills to ban firearms from Capitol

BY: - September 30, 2020

State Sens. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills) and Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) introduced a set of bills Tuesday that would ban all firearms — both open and concealed carry — from the Michigan State Capitol building, with the exceptions of state law enforcement and sergeants-at-arms. The Democrats proposed the legislation as an alternative to waiting on the […]

Dems rip Republicans for canceling session during pro-gun rally

BY: - September 17, 2020

Thursday’s legislative session in both chambers was canceled, sparking criticism from some Democrats that it was a precautionary move by GOP leadership to avoid armed visitors entering the state Capitol. Session on Thursday would have coincided with the annual “Second Amendment March” event on the Capitol lawn, hosted by a slew of pro-gun groups. Open […]

Michigan teachers not invited to legislative hearing on reopening schools

BY: - July 15, 2020

The state House and Senate Education committees met Wednesday to discuss reopening plans for schools this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but an important perspective was left out of the conversation — teachers.  Conversations on safe reopening plans, and if in-person learning is a possibility at all this fall, are happening at federal, state and […]

A panel keeps delaying action to ban guns in Michigan’s Capitol. But supporters remain optimistic.

BY: - July 14, 2020

A panel in the midst of deciding whether to prohibit firearms from the Michigan Capitol delayed yet another meeting Monday — its second rescheduled meeting in less than a month — prompting concerns that it is dragging its feet on taking action. But one member of the Michigan State Capitol Commission (MSCC), who has been […]

Dems urge DeVos to waive standardized testing next school year

BY: - June 24, 2020

State Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia) and State Rep. Lori Stone (D-Warren) introduced a concurrent resolution Wednesday to urge the U.S. Department of Education to waive the federally mandated standardized tests next school year. In March, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos waived the federal mandate for the remaining assessments this spring, but testing for next fall is […]

Nessel: Defiant Owosso barber is ‘not a hero’ for militia-backed reopening

BY: - May 13, 2020

A small Owosso barbershop garnered national attention after militia members helped protect the owner while he reopened his shop on Monday, despite the governor’s executive order closing all non-essential businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The reopening of Karl Manke’s barbershop on May 4 was similar to the protests happening in Lansing, with Confederate flags, […]

Dems warn inaction on guns could lead to violence at Capitol Thursday

BY: - May 13, 2020

Update, 4:41 p.m., 5/13/20: Both the House and Senate have now canceled session Thursday. Check back at the Advance for further coverage.  Fears are ramping up among some lawmakers ahead of Thursday’s session, which is set to coincide with a planned armed right-wing protest that organizers have dubbed “judgment day.” “It only takes one person […]

Nessel tells commission it can ban guns in state Capitol

BY: - May 8, 2020

Updated, 6:21 a.m. 5/9/20 Guns can be prohibited from Capitol grounds, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. Following the armed protest in the Capitol last week, Nessel wrote a letter to the Michigan State Capitol Commission, alerting them to its authority to prohibit firearms in the state Capitol. “The Capitol is a place for […]

GOP Legislature moves toward suing Whitmer, as armed protestors watched from Senate gallery

BY: and - April 30, 2020

Updated, 10:12 a.m., 5/1/20 As Senate members sat in session on Thursday, about 20 protesters, some of whom were armed with long guns, stood above in the gallery, while roughly 600 more protested on the Capitol lawn and outside the House and Senate chambers.   “Directly above me, men with rifles yelling at us. Some of […]