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Senator Pavlov backs bills to aid hunters and anglers

Hunting and fishing are time-honored pastimes enjoyed by generations of Michigan sportsmen and sportswomen. Bills recently passed by the State Senate will enhance those traditions with a new use of technology.

Senate Bills 1073-1075 would require the DNR to create smartphone applications that show an electronic copy of base hunting licenses for customers by March 1, 2018. Another provision would require that the app include other services such as information on points of public access, descriptions of game species, boundary maps and more.

With the app in hand, hunters and anglers wouldn’t have to worry about lost licenses and would enjoy increased convenience and quick access to helpful outdoor information. The bills have been referred to the House Committee on Tourism and Outdoor Recreation.

Hunters: Find your fall hunting spot

A DNR online mapping tool makes it easier than ever to plan your next hunting trip! The interactive application (not a downloadable app) is easily accessible through the web browser on smartphones, tablets or computers.

The program allows hunters to locate public lands open to hunting and features information on topography and vegetation as well as nearby recreational facilities. To check it out, go to

Senate approves bills to improve safety for bicyclists

With more bicyclists sharing Michigan roadways, it’s important to focus on safety and help protect bicyclists and others legally using the roads.

I recently supported a package of bills to update traffic laws and require:

• Drivers to keep a minimum five-foot distance when passing bicyclists;
• Bicyclists to stay as far right as practicable when being passed; and
• A minimum of one hour of driver education on the laws pertaining to bicycles and motorcycles to help motorists safely share the road.

By keeping our streets safer, we can help avoid terrible tragedies. Senate Bills 1076-1078 have been sent to the House for consideration.

Plan for the winter heating season

Autumn in Michigan has been spectacular this year! But with winter around the corner, it’s a good time to plan ahead for cooler temperatures.

The state Be WinterWise website offers links to help reduce energy waste and information on energy assistance programs, including military assistance and the State Emergency Relief and the Michigan Energy Assistance programs for income eligible customers. Access the site at


Phil Pavlov
State Senator
Michigan's 25th Senate District
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