Senator Phil Pavlov
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Now that spring is sprung, I hope you are spending time outside and enjoying everything this great state has to offer. Below, you will find my latest Lansing update. If you would like information about a specific piece of legislation, please contact my office at (517) 373-7708.

Protect Lake Huron

As you've likely heard, a Canadian company, Ontario Power Generation, plans to permanently bury low-level radioactive nuclear waste less than a mile from Lake Huron. Canada needs to find a long term solution to their nuclear waste storage, but our Great Lakes basin is not the place!

The United States has a location for storing our nuclear waste, Yucca Mountain. On March 17th, I introduced a Senate Resolution calling on President Obama and Congress to restore funding for Yucca Mountain and ensure a permanent location for our nuclear waste. Please show your support by calling the President and asking him to restore funding for this very important site. 

Expansion of job training program

It's a win for the Michigan economy when students get training for skilled jobs and employers find the qualified workers they need.

I recently sponsored Senate legislation to expand the Michigan New Jobs Training Program (MNJTP), which helps job providers partner with community colleges to create targeted training programs and eliminate the skills gap. Since it was created in 2008, the program has produced nearly 12,000 new jobs. It operates beautifully, entirely outside of state government, and it's time for Michigan to let it expand and flourish.

Senate Bills 69-71 have been sent to the Michigan House for consideration.

Senate bills improve CPL process

I recently co-sponsored legislation that would make the legislation to make the application process for a concealed pistol license (CPL) more efficient and consistent across the state.

Under Senate Bills 34 and 35, the responsibilities of county concealed weapon licensing boards would be transferred to county clerks and the Michigan State Police (MSP). Clerks would accept applications and issue approved licenses; background checks would shift from county sheriffs to the MSP. In addition, the reform would standardize requirements that can vary from county to county. 

On March 4, 2015, Governor Snyder signed these measures into law. 

State of the Great Lakes report released

What would Michigan be without our magnificent Great Lakes? The big waters are vital to our economy and outdoor heritage, our very way of life. 

The recently released 2014 Michigan State of the Great Lakes Report highlights issues affecting the lakes and coastal areas. Access the document at and type in the key words State of the Great Lakes Report 2014.

I hope to see you around the district,

Phil Pavlov
State Senator
Michigan's 25th Senate District

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