Pavlov Announces February Office Hours

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

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

Monday, February 9
8 – 9:30 a.m.
New Baltimore City Hall
36535 Green Street
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 at his website, Make sure to check the website for the most up-to-date information.

Pavlov tours Michigan Sugar Company

LANSING―Sen. Phil Pavlov on Friday toured the Bay City production facility of the third largest beet sugar processor in the United States, Michigan Sugar Company.

The company’s flagship plant, built in 1901, is one of their four facilities in Michigan—all located in or near the Thumb, including a plant in Croswell in Sanilac County and one in Sebewaing in Huron County.

“The Michigan Sugar Company is one of the great success stories of Michigan,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “They are locally grown and locally owned, and they are as committed to the success of the area growers as they are to the bottom line.”

During conversations with Rick Gerstenberger, chairman of the board of directors for Michigan Sugar Company, Pavlov learned that the Croswell and Sebewaing plants are scheduled for major capital improvements that will help protect jobs across the Thumb.

Michigan Sugar Company plays an important role in Michigan’s $100 billion agriculture industry. The cooperative has more than 1,000 grower-owners, making them a major employer in the region. Today the organization is the only remaining sugar company in the state.

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Michigan Firearms Freedom Act

MI Firearms Freedom Act

Dear Michigander:

In response to national threats against our second amendment rights, I have introduced Senate Bill 15 in the Michigan Senate to create the Michigan Firearms Freedom Act.

Our citizens have a right to protect themselves in their own homes and communities. Sadly, recent proposals by President Obama would do little to address those concerns while weakening our Constitutional right to bear arms.

The Firearms Freedom Act, if passed into law, would send a clear message to Washington that the people of Michigan – not the federal government – will decide their own destiny. The act would reaffirm Michigan’s right to regulate intrastate commerce, and clarify that firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition produced, bought, and sold in Michigan will not be subject to federal overreach that would seek to impose new regulations and onerous mandates on states. This is not just a second amendment issue; it is also imperative that we rightfully defend our state’s sovereignty as guaranteed in the tenth amendment.

Today, I am proud to stand with hardworking, law abiding Michiganders who rightfully own a gun. I hope you will join me in sending a message to the President and Congress that Michigan will defend what belongs to her.

Moving forward, we will engage in a serious conversation about real solutions that keep our communities safe without diminishing the integrity of our Constitution.

Phil Pavlov
Phil Pavlov
State Senator
District 25

Sen. Pavlov available for comments following State of the State address

State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township.

Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

Immediately following the address, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

House Appropriations Room
Third Floor
State Capitol
Lansing, MI

Pavlov will be available in person in the House Appropriations Room following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

He also will be available by phone. Please call Pavlov’s office at (517) 373-7708 prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 20 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

Audio remarks will be available for broadcast after the address. Click on Audio under the Media Center tab.

Pavlov named to key education chairmanships

LANSING―Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, will chair the Senate Committee on Education and serve as vice chair for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for School Aid for the 98th Legislature.

“A quality education is the key to a successful future for our children, as well as for the state of Michigan,” Pavlov said. “Over the last four years, we have tackled many difficult education issues. Looking ahead, I know there is more we can do for Michigan students from both the policy side and the funding side, and I am honored to have been asked to help lead that work.”

Pavlov is not new to the Education Committee. He has chaired the committee for the last four years.

Pavlov also was named vice chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and the Seniors and Human Services Committee. He also will serve as a member of the Transportation Committee.

“My first loyalty is always to residents of the Thumb,” Pavlov said. “Working for them and focusing on our region’s natural resources, our families and schools is a privilege.”