Pavlov's Great Lakes protections passed by State SenateThe Michigan Senate has unanimously passed my legislation to help stop the proposed construction of a Canadian nuclear waste storage facility on the shores of Lake Huron.
The measures urge President Obama and Congress to invoke the United States' rights under the 1909 Boundary Waters Act to investigate the proposed facility and thoroughly evaluated its impacts. Senate Bill 948 would also ban the long-term disposal of all low level radioactive waste in our state, to further safeguard Michigan families and natural resources, and create a special Great Lakes advisory board to assess the safety of the proposed Canadian facility.
For more information and to show your support, please go to ProtectLakeHuron.com.
Governor signs Pavlov bill to protect gun owners' privacyI'm proud to announce that Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation I sponsored to keep personal firearms records confidential. The bills were prompted by incidents in other states where newspapers published such records with personal information including home addresses.
Under the new measures, Michigan firearms records are not subject to requests under the Freedom of Information Act and are available only to law enforcement officials, under certain conditions.
Making gun ownership information public is an invasion of privacy and a threat to public safety. These laws ensure this information stays private.
Gov. Rick Snyder, left, signed Senate Bill 834, sponsored by Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. The new law will protect gun owners privacy by making firearms records confidential.
"Be a Senator for a Day!" Summer Reading ProgramThis summer I am once again holding a reading contest in coordination with the St. Clair and Lapeer county libraries' summer reading programs. If you have a young reader at home, they could win a chance to "Be a Senator for a Day!"
Students in grades 1-5 from public, private or home schools who have completed one of the local library reading programs are qualified. Once your student has completed the program, simply ask for an entry form, fill it out, and leave it with the librarian. One winner from each branch will be selected to visit Lansing for a tour of the state Capitol, pizza party, and mock committee hearing.
This fun program is designed to keep young people's minds engaged in learning during the summer months and encourage their interest in state government.
Michigan's state budget - it's a wrap!The Legislature recently finished up work on the state's annual budget. It reflects the priorities of Michigan families, including quality education for our students and strong public safety for our communities. Some key investments include:
- More than $550 million in increased funding for K-12 education;
- Added funds to hire 100 new state troopers;
- An additional investment of $285 million to improve our roads;
- A nearly 6 percent increase in higher education funding; and
- Increased funds to eliminate the waiting list for the senior meals-on-wheels program.