Senator Phil Pavlov's E-Newsletter

Pavlov supports new law to help patients

A Michigan law recently took effect to strengthen efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.

Senate Bill 274 — now Public Act 251 — limits an acute pain prescription of an opioid to a seven-day supply within a seven-day period. Acute pain is described as pain associated with procedures or trauma, such as a sprained ankle or having wisdom teeth removed, that lasts a limited amount of time.

Statistics indicate that one in four patients who are prescribed prescription opioids long-term struggle with overdose. The new law will limit exposure to potentially addictive medications and reduce the potential for overdose. Other reforms already in place require doctors to consult the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) and counsel patients on the risks of opioids before prescribing.

Pavlov backs driver safety law

New drivers will learn the proper procedure to follow if they are pulled over during a traffic stop under legislation recently signed into law.

Public Act 276 of 2018 requires driver's education to include information on what to do and how to interact with law enforcement during a traffic stop. The training will promote driver safety and prepare young, inexperienced drivers for a potentially stressful situation.

Free ORV Weekend

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Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors can ride DNR-designated routes and trails Aug. 18-19 without an ORV license or trail permit during the second Free ORV Weekend of the year.

The weekend event includes nearly 3,700 miles of off-road trails and the state’s five scramble areas — St. Helen’s Motorsport Area, Black Lake Scramble Area, Silver Lake State Park, Bull Gap and The Mounds. All other ORV rules and laws still apply and a Recreation Passport is required where applicable. Find more information, including ORV trail maps and a link to the Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws, at www.michigan.gov/orvinfo.

Electric customers to see savings from federal tax cut

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The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) recently approved nearly $270 million in savings for electric customers of Consumers Energy Co. and DTE Electric Co. from the new, lower federal corporate tax rate.

The move means rate reductions for Michigan customers of nine of the 10 rate-regulated utilities impacted by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Residential bills are projected to decline by an average of $1.95 a month.

School safety grants available

With school districts everywhere increasing their focus on school safety, the Legislature provided $25 million in the fiscal year 2018 budget for school safety grants.

The Michigan State Police have released application materials for the grants on their Grants and Community Service Division’s website at www.michigan.gov/cjgrants. Applications are due by noon on Thursday, Sept. 13, and the grants will be awarded by Wednesday, Oct 31.

As part of the application, MSP requires signed certification that schools have a complete and updated emergency operations plan with signoff from the school, law enforcement, and the local emergency management coordinator.

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The 25th Senate District

Michigan's 25th Senate District includes all of Huron, St. Clair, and Sanilac Counties, and the following areas in Macomb County: Armada Township, Memphis city, New Baltimore city, Richmond city, Richmond Township

Senator Phil Pavlov
201 Townsend St., Suite #6200
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Phone: (517) 373-1450 

Visit my website at: www.SenatorPhilPavlov.com