Sen. Pavlov and guest honor Michigan’s fallen soldiers

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, and Paul McIvor, state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8594 in Yale, paid tribute in the Senate Thursday to those from Michigan who have given their lives defending our country.

McIvor was Pavlov’s guest for the Michigan Senate’s 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service. Each year, the annual ceremony honors the servicemen and women who fought with bravery to defend our nation’s freedom.

Also on hand for the service were Douglas McIntyre of VFW Post 6965 in Ubly, Philip Mauer of the Thumb Veterans Organization Post 1 in Ubly, and Marvin Emming of the VFW Parisville Post 5740 in Ubly.

Displaying colors at the ceremony were Blue Star Mothers Post 382, from St. Clair; VFW Post 7573, from New Baltimore; and American Legion 293; from Sebewaing.

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Pavlov resolution opposing EPA power grab headed to EPA and Congress

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan House of Representatives on Thursday passed a resolution sponsored by Sen. Phil Pavlov to oppose a study backed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could lead to regulations on personal grills and barbecues.

The EPA has funded a University of California-Riverside student project to develop preventive technology to reduce emissions from residential barbecues.

“The EPA has a history of establishing burdensome and ridiculous regulations. This appears to be their latest attempt,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. “We do not need unnecessary regulations on backyard grilling. The agency has more important things to do.”

Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 states that cooking outdoors on a grill during the summer saves electricity and that funding the UC-Riverside study is a poor use of taxpayer dollars.

Pavlov said reasonable measures to protect the environment are welcomed.

“Concerns for air quality should always be measured against the larger context of the economy and real-world achievability, along with effects on the American people,” Pavlov said. “It’s time to rein in Washington’s bureaucratic overreach and institute some common sense in rulemaking and regulations.”

Copies of SCR 14 will be transmitted to the administrator of the EPA and to the members of the Michigan congressional delegation.

House committee approves Pavlov resolution opposing EPA power grab

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan House Committee on Natural Resources on Tuesday passed a resolution sponsored by Sen. Phil Pavlov to oppose a study backed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could lead to regulations on personal grills and barbecues.

The EPA has funded a University of California-Riverside student project to develop preventive technology to reduce emissions from residential barbecues.

“The last thing the EPA should be spending taxpayer money on is a project like this that would lead to ridiculous and unnecessary regulations on backyard grilling,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. “I’d much rather they study the potential risks of a nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lake Huron.”

Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 states that cooking outdoors on a grill during the summer saves electricity and that funding the UC-Riverside study is a poor use of taxpayer dollars.

Pavlov said reasonable measures to protect the environment are welcomed.

“Concerns for air quality should always be measured against the larger context of the economy and real-world achievability, along with effects on the American people,” Pavlov said. “It’s time to rein in Washington’s bureaucratic overreach and institute some common sense in rulemaking and regulations.”

SCR 14 now heads to the full House for consideration.

Sen. Pavlov welcomes St. Clair minister to Michigan Senate

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, welcomed Deacon John Fitzmaurice to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday. Fitzmaurice, of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Clair, delivered the daily invocation before the start of the Senate session. Also pictured is Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (right).

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Senate committee approves Pavlov bill establishing Michigan Firearms Freedom Act

Sen. Phil Pavlov

Sen. Phil Pavlov

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday passed legislation that would strengthen Michigan residents’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms, said Sen. Phil Pavlov, the sponsor of the bill.

Senate Bill 15 would establish the Michigan Firearms Freedom Act to say that any firearms and firearm accessories manufactured and exclusively sold in Michigan and carrying the brand “Made in Michigan” would be subject only to state law and not to federal law.

“An overreaching federal government has been trying to chip away at Americans’ Second Amendment rights for years,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “My measure puts protections in place for Michigan residents and gun manufacturers to ensure that their right to bear arms will not be violated.”

The bill specifies that Michigan, like all states, retains under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution the right to control purely interstate activities for products that are made in Michigan and remain in Michigan without being sold out-of-state. The principle is that there are powers reserved to the states that allow them to essentially “nullify” or not follow federal laws under such circumstances.

A number of states have passed similar laws since 2009, and several more have seen similar legislation introduced in recent years.

Steven Dulan, an attorney and spokesman for the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners, spoke in support of Pavlov’s bill.

“The Michigan Firearms Freedom Act is about more than just guns; it is about the rights of Michigan residents,” Dulan said. “But it is also an important assertion of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution that were meant to limit the federal government and protect the sovereignty of the states. This is a significant assertion of Michigan’s authority versus an out-of-control federal bureaucracy.”

SB 15 now heads to the full Senate for further consideration.