Sen. Pavlov announces August office hours

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

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

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

Friday, August 7
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Marysville City Hall
1111 Delaware Ave.
Marysville, MI 48040

Thursday, August 13
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Biggby Coffee
36540 Green St.
New Baltimore, MI 48047

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 above. Make sure to check this website for the most up-to-date information.

Letter Regarding Planned Parenthood

July 20, 2015

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Director Nick Lyon
Capitol View Building
201 Townsend Street
Lansing, Michigan 48913

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Director Mike Zimmer
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909

Directors Lyon and Zimmer:

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, a video surfaced featuring Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services Deborah Nucatola revealing Planned Parenthood’s apparently widespread practice of selling the remains of babies they’ve aborted.

In the video, Dr. Nucatola also claims that Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country are having discussions about the most effective way to deliver body parts for reimbursement.

“But I will tell you behind closed doors these conversations are happening with the affiliates,” she states.

The sale of body parts-including fetal body parts-is illegal under federal law.

The Planned Parenthood executive is further seen discussing the willingness of Planned Parenthood abortion providers to change and tailor abortion procedures so they can better obtain babies’ hearts, lungs, livers, and the “lower extremities” requested by their buyers, including the possibility of performing illegal “partial birth” abortions.

“The (partial birth abortion ban) is law, and laws are up to interpretation,” says Planned Parenthood’s Nucatola. “So if I say on day one, ‘I do not intend to do this,’ what ultimately happens doesn’t matter.”

Both state and federal law prohibit partial birth abortion.

Given these apparent admissions, I am writing to ask that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs launch a formal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s Michigan affiliates to determine if and to what extent any Michigan facilities have participated in the horrifying sale of babies’ body parts and/or have modified their procedures to maximize their ability to provide babies’ body parts for reimbursement, including whether any have conducted illegal partial birth abortions.

I look forward to the results of your formal investigation.

Phil Pavlov
State Senator
25th District

CC: The Hon. Arlan Meekhof, Senate Majority Leader
The Hon. Kevin Cotter, Speaker of the House
Dick Posthumus, Senior Advisor to the Governor

Pavlov: Our conscience and our law are in agreement – human life is not for sale

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. – State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair, issued the following statement on Wednesday, following revelations of Planned Parenthood affiliates selling body parts of aborted babies:

“Planned Parenthood’s practice of turning a profit by selling body parts from babies they’ve aborted is shocking and disgusting.

“The admission by a senior Planned Parenthood official that affiliates are also tailoring abortions to maximize that profit – strategically performing abortions so they can obtain babies’ hearts, lungs, livers, and the ‘lower extremities’ desired by their buyers – should shake us all to the core, and demands action, not just outrage.

“Our conscience and our law are in agreement on this one – human life is not for sale.

“Today, I am calling on the Michigan Departments of Health and Human Services and Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to launch formal investigations into Planned Parenthood affiliates across Michigan to determine whether or not any Michigan-based facilities have participated in the horrifying sale of babies’ body parts.

“We must make sure this is not happening in Michigan, and that if it has, those responsible are brought to justice.”

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Pavlov co-sponsors bill to prohibit sanctuary cities

LANSING, Mich. —Sen. Phil Pavlov co-sponsored a bill on Wednesday that would prohibit local units of government from enacting or enforcing “sanctuary city” laws and prohibit any state funding or other resources from going to sanctuary cities.

Sanctuary cities prevent local employees from notifying federal authorities of illegal aliens living in their communities.

“Local communities cannot be allowed to disobey the law to protect criminals,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “Unfortunately that is what sanctuary cities do, and as the recent tragic death in California shows, laws enabling sanctuary cities are horrible public policy and can destroy lives.”

Sanctuary cities recently came to national attention after a San Francisco woman was killed on July 1, allegedly by an illegal alien who had been deported five times and who later confessed to the crime. Senate Bill 445 was introduced partly in response to that tragedy, to help prevent a similar occurrence in Michigan.

When Pavlov was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, he chaired the Michigan Task Force on Border Security and Immigration Reform, which met throughout 2007.

The task force’s final report, issued in June 2008, recommended a series of reforms, including sanctuary city prohibitions. Pavlov and others introduced legislation banning sanctuary cities, but the bills stalled in the Democrat-controlled House.

While Pavlov and his Senate colleagues are working to eliminate the threat of sanctuary cities in Michigan, he supports efforts underway to welcome skilled legal immigrants to Michigan.

“This nation was built by immigrants,” Pavlov said. “We must welcome everyone who is willing to come to the U.S., obey the law, and work hard to succeed. There is nothing stopping anyone who plays by the rules.”

Michigan schools need local control – as printed in the Huron Daily June 18, 2015

There’s a raging debate in Lansing, about how much to regulate our local schools — specifically how schools evaluate their teachers and administrators.

The New York Times has decided to weigh in on the issue. They are critical of Michigan’s local control tradition, and of my work to ensure some balance in the laws we write about these evaluations.

They and others argue that local control is a quaint, outdated notion that does more harm than good. They point to unrealistic reports from the University of Michigan that say our local school boards and superintendents must be told what to do by bureaucrats in Lansing.

Since when is local control a bad idea? And what is the alternative?

Some in Ann Arbor and New York think the alternative is rigid state and federal control over pretty much every education decision — from evaluations in this case, to curriculum and tests and even school lunches.

Critics think a perfectly crafted law, with micromanagement from Lansing or Washington, can regulate every school district into what they consider model behavior. I’ll be direct: poorly performing and financially bankrupt districts in other parts of Michigan are already breaking laws. Why would this be different?

They hold up examples of other states, like New York and Tennessee, that have strict statewide evaluation systems. Yet, those states are rife with legal and logistical problems, are constantly changing and fixing their systems, and fighting off costly lawsuits. Why would Michigan want to replicate their mistakes?

When the New York Times weighs in, you can be sure powerful interests are at work. They don’t know our students and teachers in the Thumb. They’re motivated by money and power, not what’s best for our children.

Their ideas would also be very, very expensive. When fully implemented, the U of M report would cost taxpayers $150 million – every year. That’s a lot of money sucked out of classrooms all across Michigan and sent directly to vendors and bureaucrats.

I believe our schools are perfectly capable of this work, and should be allowed to make the decisions that work best for them. Many are already performing admirably, and getting great results for students by ensuring they have the best teacher possible in every classroom and a strong principal in every building. The fact is, our local schools are already coming up with ways to provide critical and thoughtful feedback, and they’re helping good educators become great educators.

I strongly believe we should hold schools accountable for outcomes. Are students being given every opportunity for learning? Are the results good? These are the questions we need to answer, rather than micromanaging local personnel decisions in ways that burden our schools with unnecessary costs and regulations.

There is a reason Michigan has relied on the idea of local control of schools and not state control or, God forbid, New York Times control.  For generations, local leadership has served Michigan’s children well.

We face new challenges now, and our students are being pushed to learn more than ever. We all need to raise our expectations and our effectiveness.

I support local control, and school leaders like the Michigan Association of School Administrators and Elementary and Middle School Principals support my bill. We need to empower and entrust local educators so they can continue to give our kids a great education.

State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Twp, is chair of the Senate Education Committee and represents the 25th District in Lansing.