Senator Phil Pavlov
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Secure the Border, Save the Second Amendment

Last month we watched in horror as an Islamic extremist massacred 49 of our brothers and sisters in Orlando, Florida. You can read my guest column in the Detroit News about what Congress should be doing to better protect our communities.

New Public Threat Alert System

I recently supported bills, now signed into law, to establish a Michigan Public Threat Alert System. This new system will alert citizens to dangerous incidents such as an act of terrorism. Similar to the Amber Alert process, it will help law enforcement rapidly inform the public about emergencies using television, radio and wireless devices. To discourage hoaxes, the law makes it a felony to intentionally make a false report, and requires offenders to reimburse law enforcement for expenses incurred as a result of a false report.

Stiffer Penalties for Methamphetamine Production

Meth is a highly addictive drug that devastates users, their families and entire communities. It’s a growing problem in Michigan. In fact, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Michigan is among the top five states for the number of incidents of meth labs and dump sites found by police.

I recently supported increasing penalties to deter the production of this dangerous drug. Current state law made the organized group purchasing of pseudoephedrine products (used to cook meth) a felony. The new law sets stiffer criminal penalties for anyone who attempts to solicit another’s help in obtaining pseudoephedrine products. To better protect children from this destructive drug activity, I also supported stronger penalties for making meth near a school or library.

Michigan Agriculture — Always in Season!

From apples to tomatoes, Michigan produces more than 300 commodities on a commercial basis, making our state second only to California in agricultural diversity. Visit to access the 2016 Michigan Agritourism Directory and discover family friendly destinations from every region of the state, including u-pick farms, farm markets, petting zoos, farm stays and more.


Phil Pavlov
State Senator
Michigan's 25th Senate District
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