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Senator Pavlov backs new law to protect students

OK2SAYSchool should be a safe place for students to learn.

I recently supported Senate legislation—now law—to continue a school safety program that helps prevent tragedies before they happen. Public Act 100 of 2017 (Senate Bill 267) extends the OK2SAY program until Oct. 1, 2021. The program encourages students to anonymously report threats to trained authorities without fear of retaliation. Students can access the 24-hour confidential OK2SAY hotline via mobile text, phone, email and by its website and mobile app.

The prevention-based program has been effective in helping protect students. Since September 2014, more than 7,800 tips have been reported, including tips on bullying, suicide threats, violence and self-harm. Find more information at www.michigan.gov/ok2say.

Fighting the threat of Asian carp

Efforts to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes are moving ahead on two fronts. The state recently launched a global search for ways to stop these invasive fish from reaching the Great Lakes. Called the Invasive Carp Challenge, the program is accepting proposals through Oct. 31, 2017 to develop new solutions to this looming threat. One or more solutions will share up to $700,000 in cash awards. Visit www.michigan.gov/carpchallenge for more information.

In addition, the Army Corps of Engineers has now recommended a tentative plan for Brandon Road Lock and Dam in the Chicago Area Waterway system to prevent the inter-basin transfer of aquatic nuisance species. The plan includes nonstructural measures, complex noise, water jets, engineered channel, electric barrier, flushing lock, boat launches and mooring area. Find more information and submit comments online at http://glmris.anl.gov.

Pavlov supports bill to improve Safe Delivery of Newborns law

Sometimes parents are unable or unwilling to care for their new baby.

Since 2001, Michigan’s Safe Delivery of Newborns law has provided parents with an option to safely surrender their newborn – within three days of birth – to an emergency service provider. The law offers an anonymous alternative to abandonment and allows for a baby to be placed in a loving, adoptive home. Michigan recently achieved an important milestone in keeping babies safe and healthy with the news that 200 newborns have now been surrendered.

Earlier this year, the Senate passed legislation to further ensure confidentiality of the surrendering parents. Senate Bill 215 would clarify that the names of the parents can be excluded from the birth certificates of infants surrendered under the law. The legislation has been sent to the House for consideration.

Michigan residents can apply for REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card

Michigan motorists now have the option to obtain a driver’s license that complies with a federal mandate designed to strengthen our national safety and security.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Michigan residents must carry a driver’s license or ID card that complies with the federal REAL ID Act, or present a valid U.S. passport, to fly in the United States or visit federal buildings. The REAL ID security standards were created in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to help prevent illegal altering of the cards and deter fraud and misuse.

Michigan residents can apply for the REAL ID-compliant license or ID card at any Secretary of State office — applicants will need to bring a certified birth certificate or other approved document. There is no extra cost when renewing your driver’s license or ID card; at any other time, a duplicate card fee will apply.

Find more information, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, at www.michigan.gov/sos or call the Department of State Information Center with questions at 888-767-6424. If you have any concerns you would like to address at the state level, please contact my office at 517-373-7708.

I look forward to seeing you around the district,


Phil Pavlov
State Senator
Michigan's 25th Senate District
 
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