New Zorn, Pavlov legislation protects our natural resources

LANSING, Mich. — Protecting Michigan’s natural resources, hunting heritage and wild game just got easier under legislation sponsored by state Sens. Dale Zorn and Phil Pavlov and signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Zorn sponsored Senate Bills 245 and 246, now Public Acts 188 and 189 of 2015. The measures toughen penalties and increase restitution for individuals convicted of the illegal killing, possessing, purchasing or selling of certain animals in Michigan.

“These new laws help to ensure wild game is protected and the long heritage of hunting in Michigan is preserved for future generations,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “They also preserve the natural resources of Michigan for enjoyment by everyone.”

Under Zorn’s legislation, an individual convicted of illegally killing, possessing, purchasing or selling moose or elk will lose their license for 15 calendar years for a first offense and for lifetime for a second offense. If the animal were a bear or antlered white-tailed deer, the individual will lose their license for five calendar years for a first offense and for ten years for a second offense.

Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, sponsored SB 244, now PA 187 of 2015. The law increases existing fines for these crimes. The new fines are as follows:
•    Elk: $5,000 per animal (with additional fines for antlered elk);
•    Moose: $5,000 per animal  (with additional fines for antlered moose);
•    Bear: $3,500 per animal;
•    Eagle: $1,500 per animal;
•    Bearded turkey: $1,000 per animal; and
•    Waterfowl: $500 per animal.

“Our natural resources and hunting heritage must be protected,” said Pavlov, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. “Poaching is a despicable, illegal activity that threatens these traditions. With these laws, we have more weapons in the fight against poaching.”

Photo caption: Sens. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township (left) and Dale Zorn, R-Ida (right) hold Senate Bills 244 (Pavlov) and 245–246 (Zorn), now Public Acts 187, 188 and 189 of 2015, after they were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday. The new laws increase restitution and toughen penalties for individuals convicted of the illegal killing, possessing, purchasing or selling of certain animals in Michigan.

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Pavlov comments on new Every Student Succeeds Act

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, issued the following statement Thursday after the president signed the Every Student Succeeds Act.

“Today, the Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law in Washington, D.C., replacing No Child Left Behind and marking a new era in education policy. For the first time in many years, states will have significantly more ability to set their own policies, without constant fear of federal intrusion and repercussions. It will be important to remain vigilant about the state agencies that will now hold much more power. I applaud Congresswoman Candice Miller’s leadership in protecting the Michigan tradition of local control of our schools.”

Pavlov announces third committee hearing on Michigan’s academically failing schools

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, announced Friday that the Michigan Senate Education Committee will conduct its third hearing on Michigan’s academically failing schools on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Who:
•    State Sen. Phil Pavlov, chairman of the Senate Education Committee;
•    Senate Education Committee members;
•    Veronica Conforme, chancellor, Education Achievement Authority; and
•    Cindy Schumacher, executive director, The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools, Central Michigan University.

What:
Presentations from the Education Achievement Authority and The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools about their work related to the topic of Michigan’s academically failing schools.

When:
Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 8:30 a.m.

Where:
Room 110, Farnum Building
125 W. Allegan St.
Lansing, MI 48933

Trust fund recommends $2.85 million for New Baltimore to purchase the Schmid Marina

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) recommended several projects on Wednesday allocating more than $28 million for natural resources improvement projects in Macomb County and across the state, said Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township.

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.

If approved by the Legislature, the city of New Baltimore will receive $2.85 million to purchase the Schmid Marina. New Baltimore was recently selected as a recipient of technical planning and development resources for a study concerning small harbor management through the Office of the Great Lakes. Through this study, the Schmid Marina Property was selected because of the potential to develop public recreation areas.

“Schmid Marina enables residents to enjoy all that Lake St. Clair has to offer,” Pavlov said. “I am thrilled the Natural Resources Trust Fund has recommended this grant. The fund helps make Michigan the place we love to call home. Improving parks and recreational resources not only enriches our quality of life, but also attracts job providers and helps strengthen our economy.”

New Baltimore Mayor John Dupray said he was excited about the announcement.

“The opportunity to have Schmid Marina be put in public recreational access and use in perpetuity is a game changer for the Southeastern Michigan community,” Dupray said. “This long-held private jewel will afford Michigan residents the opportunity to access some of the most prominent bass fishing, boating, and natural habitat for fish and wildlife in the state of Michigan. This is a tremendous win for the community of New Baltimore.”

The MNRTF made the right decision, said Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township.

“The NRTF provides a tremendous amount of opportunities to improve communities across the entire state, and I am glad they have recommended that the city of New Baltimore receive this grant for the Schmid Marina project,” LaFontaine said. “The marina enriches the lives of countless Thumb residents. I am thankful the Natural Resources Trust Fund included Schmid Marina among their project funding.”

Trust fund recommends $200,000 in improvement projects for St. Clair County

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) recommended several projects on Wednesday allocating more than $28 million for natural resources improvement projects in St. Clair County and across the state, said Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township.

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.

If the MNRTF’s recommendations are approved by the Legislature, the city of Algonac will receive $50,000 to install energy-efficient lighting in Riverfront Park.

St. Clair County will receive $97,500 to acquire Way Property in Wales Township, enabling an investment of $195,000 on this land in partnership with the Six Rivers Land Conservancy.

The county also will receive $65,800, allowing $100,000 to be invested on the Belle River property directly next to Columbus County Park.

“I am thrilled the Natural Resources Trust Fund has recommended these grants,” Pavlov said. “The fund helps make Michigan the place we love to call home. Improving parks and recreational resources not only enriches our quality of life, but also attracts job providers and helps strengthen our economy.”

Sen. Pavlov welcomes Smiths Creek veteran for lapel-pinning ceremony

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, attaches a Vietnam veteran lapel pin to the lapel of U.S. Air Force veteran Jim Armstrong of Smiths Creek at a ceremony at the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday.

Armstrong served honorably in active duty in the U.S. Air Force from February 1967 to December 1970.

The symbolism attached to the Vietnam veteran lapel pins is significant. The pins honor all Vietnam veterans, whether they served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period.

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