Sen. Pavlov appointed to steering committee of leading national education organization

LANSING—The chair of a national nonpartisan compact that equips education leaders across the country has appointed state Sen. Phil Pavlov to one of the organization’s key committees.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed Pavlov as Michigan’s representative to the Steering Committee of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). The Steering Committee is the commission’s primary policy-setting body.

“It has been a privilege and a joy serving as an ECS commissioner, and I look forward to new challenges working on the Steering Committee,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “The ECS fulfills a crucial role in working with education leaders in all 50 states to improve outcomes for students.”

Since January 2011, Pavlov has been one of seven ECS commissioners representing Michigan. Commissioners provide leadership for ECS initiatives and state education agendas, guide the work of ECS by identifying key education concerns and information needs, and discuss and vote on important policy matters.

Pavlov’s responsibilities will expand as a member of the Steering Committee. Among his many new obligations, Pavlov will be required to lead ECS by reviewing the organization’s performance and casting critical votes on policy and procedures; guiding ECS’ work by identifying key state education concerns and information needs where ECS resources can make the most impact; and working with ECS staff to identify in-state project opportunities and funding resources.

“The ECS does a lot of good for a lot of people,” Pavlov said. “Being on the Steering Committee will provide a unique opportunity to help shape the future of education. I can’t wait to get started.”

ECS was formed in 1965 when states banded together to collaborate and share ideas on education issues. The organization’s core purpose is to enlighten, equip and engage key education leaders—governors, legislators, chief state school officers, higher education officials, business leaders and others—to work side-by-side to improve education across the 50 states and U.S. territories.

For more information on the Education Commission of the States, visit www.ecs.org.

Sen. Pavlov announces April office hours

LANSING—State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, announced that April office hours are scheduled for the 25th Senate District.

The senator will be available to meet with constituents at the following locations:

Thursday, April 3
8 – 9 a.m.
Kate’s Downtown
231 Huron Ave.
Port Huron, MI 48060
(810) 984-2233

12 – 1 p.m.
Freighters
800 Harker St.
Port Huron, MI 48060
(810) 941-6010

All residents are welcome to hear a legislative update and discuss topics of interest. Office hours are for one-on-one discussions with the senator. Those unable to attend can contact Sen. Pavlov by calling his office toll-free at (866) 305-2125 or by selecting the Contact Me link at his website, www.SenatorPhilPavlov.com. Make sure to check the website for the most up-to-date information.

Pavlov tours Marysville location of company receiving multimillion-dollar state grant

LANSING—State Sen. Phil Pavlov on Friday toured the Marysville plant of Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec (SMR) Automotive, an auto supplier that has received a multimillion-dollar state grant to boost its investment in Michigan jobs.

“SMR is an innovative, successful company that has laid down roots in Michigan and is creating jobs here in St. Clair County,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “I am excited about this grant, which will help fuel the company’s growth and strengthen the economies of Marysville and the state as well.”

SMR is one of the largest manufacturers in the world of passenger-car rearview mirrors and other car components. The company secured nearly $4 million in a performance-based grant from the Michigan Business Development Program.

In May 2013, SMR announced it was planning to invest nearly $40 million into its Marysville location and purchase a 100,000-square-foot warehouse in Port Huron. Over three years, this expansion project will bring more than 350 new jobs to the facility, an increase of nearly 50 percent.

“The partnerships SMR shares with the state of Michigan, St. Clair County and the city of Marysville are prime examples of how the community and the business enterprise can come together and collaboratively create opportunities resulting in the revival of the manufacturing sector in the United States,” said SMR Chief Operating Officer Char Zawadzinski. “I’m truly happy to see jobs coming back here.”

The Michigan Business Development Program is an incentive plan administered by the Michigan Strategic Fund in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Potential recipients of the grants are evaluated on a number of criteria, including out-of-state competition, near-term job creation, wage/benefit levels of new jobs, and others.

Senate committee to hold hearing in Lexington

What:
Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee hearing on Senate Bills 795-802.

Who:
State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township; Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville; other members of the Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee; and other interested parties.

When:
Monday, March 24
2 p.m.

Where:
Lexington Community Center
6964 Huron Ave.
Lexington, MI 48450

Brief:
SBs 795-802 would increase penalties for individuals who bring invasive species back to Michigan. Pavlov is the sponsor of SB 797.

“Aquatic invasive species pose a devastating threat to the health of our Great Lakes,” Pavlov said. “This in turn could seriously affect the economy of the region and the lives of millions of Michiganders and others. We must take steps to prevent this from happening.”

For more information, contact Pavlov’s office at 1-517-373-7708.

Pavlov votes to support local trust fund projects

LANSING – The state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill allocating $27.6 million from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for natural resources improvement projects in St. Clair and Lapeer counties and across the state, said Sen. Phil Pavlov.
 
The trust fund is supported by interest earned on funds generated from the development of state-owned mineral rights. The money in the fund is constitutionally restricted for natural resources improvements and land acquisitions.
 
"This plan will support five projects in Lapeer and St. Clair counties totaling more than $1.1 million, including the acquisition of more than nine acres for a county park," said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. "The park will include fishing piers, a canoe/kayak launch, a swimming beach, trails, restrooms, picnic facilities and parking."
 
Senate Bill 780 specifically provides $296,000 toward the $400,000 land acquisition, which includes 360 linear feet of shoreline on the North Channel of the St. Clair River and is adjacent to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources public boating access site and the Bridge to Bay Trail.
 
Four other projects in the 25th Senate District also funded by the measure include:
  • $239,900 for improvements at Chrysler Beach on the St. Clair River in Marysville. The project will include a playground, a picnic area and a fish cleaning station, as well as the remodeling of existing bathroom facilities and amenities;
  • $98,600 toward the acquisition of approximately 23 acres of property adjacent to the SouthernLinks Trailway in Marathon Township. The property will be developed as the first township park and act as a trailhead for the adjacent trailway;
  • $50,000 toward a development project in Attica Township that will include a playground and access route at Attica Township Park; and
  • $36,700 toward the development of a community skate park in Brockway Township. Brockway Township Community Park is the only park in the township, and the next closest facility of this type is more than 20 miles away.
"The Natural Resources Trust Fund helps make Michigan the place we love to call home," Pavlov said. "Improving parks and recreational resources not only enriches our quality of life, but also attracts job providers and helps strengthen our economy."
 
SB 780 has been sent to the Michigan House for consideration.

Pavlov sponsors bills to keep drugged drivers off roads

LANSING—State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, has introduced legislation to help law enforcement agencies keep habitual drugged driving offenders off the roads.

“Drugged driving is as dangerous as drunk driving,” Pavlov said. “This bill package gives law enforcement the tools needed to protect our families and keep our streets safe.”

Senate Bills 863 – 865 improve the flow of information between different law enforcement jurisdictions regarding people with a pending toxicology report in an Operating Under the Influence of Drugs (OUID) arrest.

Currently, if a law enforcement officer pulls over an individual who has been arrested for OUID in the past but has a pending toxicology report, the officer is not able to see that arrest in the state’s Law Enforcement Information Network until the results come back from the Michigan State Police Crime Lab and the person is formally charged.

“We have found that due to the delay of receiving a certified toxicology report from the Michigan Crime Lab, prosecutors are hesitant to charge until they have the report in hand,” Pavlov said. “In most cases the prosecution needs the report for the arrest warrant. These bills will help ensure these reports get to the right people at the right time.”

The legislation is designed to catch repeat offenders. Under the bills, if a driver is out on bond for a drugged driving case and is stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence, the police officer can immediately arrest the person, and the driver’s bond can be revoked.

The bill package was prompted by the case of Lisa Bergman, a Port Huron Township woman convicted of second-degree murder in the deaths of two St. Clair County men. Bergman was believed to have been driving while impaired by prescription drugs last summer when her vehicle crashed into the men’s truck, killing them.

Bergman had previously been stopped by police numerous times on suspicion of driving while impaired by prescription drugs.

“I am hopeful these bills can help prevent future tragedies,” Pavlov said.

Pavlov’s bills are identical to measures introduced in the state House by Rep. Dan Lauwers.

SBs 863 – 865 have been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Pavlov announces March office hours

LANSING—State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, announced that March office hours are scheduled for the 25th Senate District.

The senator will be available to meet with constituents at the following location:

Friday, March 21
7:30 – 9 a.m.
Sue’s Coffee House
201 N. Riverside Ave.
St. Clair, MI 48079
(810) 326-1212

All residents are welcome to hear a legislative update and discuss topics of interest. Office hours are for one-on-one discussions with the senator. Those unable to attend can contact Sen. Pavlov by calling his office toll-free at (866) 305-2125 or by selecting the Contact Me link at his website, www.SenatorPhilPavlov.com. Make sure to check the website for the most up-to-date information.