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Honoring All Who Served

Michigan is home to more than 600,000 veterans. We are immensely proud of our veterans and committed to supporting the heroes who have kept our country strong and free. This report, Honoring All Who Served, covers several issues of interest to veterans and their families, including recent legislation and helpful resources. As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns, or suggestions on how we can better serve those who served.
Posted November 1st 2018

Michigan Taxpayer's Guide 2018

This booklet contains information for your 2018 Michigan property taxes and 2017 individual income taxes, homestead property tax credits, farmland and open space tax relief, and the home heating credit program. Please note, the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 went into effect January 1, 2018, therefore it does not affect 2017 individual income taxes.
Posted January 30th 2018

Veterans Benefits & Services - For Michigan Veterans Who Served in the Military

For Michigan veterans and their survivors and dependents. This booklet provides information about obtaining veterans benefits and services available through federal, state, and local agencies. Topics range from acquiring a home mortgage, education, employment and insurance to medical treatment and death benefits. Listings include U.S.D.V.A. medical facilities in Michigan and veterans service organizations.
Posted October 17th 2017

A Citizen's Guide To State Government - 2017-18

The intent of this Citizen's Guide is to provide some of the specific information needed to get in touch with the right people at the right time to make your concerns heard. It is hoped that it will be a reference tool that will assist you in your efforts to be heard by public officials.
Posted September 16th 2017

Senator Phil Pavlov's "2017 Agriculture Update"

Whether providing fresh, locally sourced food to state residents or high quality food products to consumers across the globe, our farmers help feed Michigan and the world! Along with providing tremendous economic value, farming adds to the vibrant quality of life we enjoy in Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson. We are committed to the continued growth and prosperity of Michigan agriculture and am pleased to send along this legislative report outlining several topical issues. As always, contact our office anytime if we can help. Don’t miss our 4-H and FFA announcement inside!
Posted September 8th 2017

Senator Phil Pavlov's "2017 Back to School Education Update"

All of us - parents, teachers and neighbors - want our children to achieve. By working together, we can make sure our schools are able to provide students with the education and skills they need to succeed in the 21st century economy. Investing in education is one of my top priorities. I am pleased to provide this Back to School Report with a special section on school funding as well as other legislative news and helpful information.
Posted September 8th 2017

Income Guidelines for National Free and Reduced Priced Meals for Schools and the Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Michigan Department of Education has announced the household income guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture for free and reduced price meals and free milk through the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Special Milk, and Child and Adult Care Food Programs. The income guidelines are effective from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.
Posted July 5th 2017

Planning for Your Peace of Mind: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Medical and Legal Decisions

For mature adults. This booklet provides information about making a will and designating medical care preference in case of incapacity. This booklet contains forms for organ donation, the Michigan Statutory Will, and the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, as well as a personal records form to allow family to locate important legal and personal documents.
Posted July 2nd 2017

Your Child - A Guide to Your Child’s Health and Safety

This publication is a resource guide to your child’s health and safety. Topics include suggestions for choosing a child care provider, common developmental milestones from birth to age 5 years, and information on SIDS, SUID and shaken baby syndrome. Basic tips for home safety and emergency preparedness are also discussed as well as a section that promotes healthy living and good nutrition habits for the entire family. I have also included information on child abuse and neglect prevention and excerpts from the Michigan Child Protection Law, as currently amended.
Posted March 25th 2017

Changes and Choices: Legal Rights of Senior Adults

This book has been specially prepared as a reference guide to provide information helpful to senior adults. Our hope is that your life will be enriched and empowered by this knowledge and that your senior years will truly be golden. In all cases, the more you know, the better you can provide for your own well-being.
Posted December 20th 2016

William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim's Rights Act and Constitutional Amendment

For crime victims and adults who wish to prevent crime. In this booklet, you will find Michigan's William Van Regenmorter Crime Victim's Rights Act, a hierarchy of Michigan's court system, and basic information about criminal proceedings. You will also learn how to file an application for crime victim compensation and how to join a victim notification network. For your convenience, a compilation of victim advocates and assistance organizations is listed in the back of this booklet.
Posted November 1st 2016

Senator Phil Pavlov's 2016 Agriculture Update

Michigan ranks third in the country in farmers markets. In the global arena, Michigan is a leading export state in processed and fresh fruits and vegetables, processed plant products and dairy products. Agriculture is not only vital to our state economy, it’s an important part of the quality of life we enjoy in our rural communities. I remain committed to the continued growth and prosperity of Michigan agriculture and am pleased to send along this legislative report.
Posted April 12th 2016

Sen. Phil Pavlov's 2016 Family Update

In today’s world, it’s good to know that some things are lasting – the love and support of family, and the values of home and community. It is strong families that will ensure a bright and better Michigan. With that in mind, I am pleased to update you on several important issues that affect all our families and communities.
Posted March 25th 2016

Michigan State Capitol - A Self Guided Tour

Today Michigan's Capitol is nationally recognized for its extraordinary architecture and art. It stands as Michigan’s most important historic building and a proud symbol of the state.
Posted November 7th 2015

Michigan Firearms Laws

In addition to state statutes concerning firearms, this publication includes selected Michigan Attorney General Opinions that interpret various firearms laws. Also included is a listing of selected state administrative rules that regulate the use of firearms.
Posted October 28th 2015

Michigan in the Civil War

An overview of Michigan's involvement in the Civil War.
Posted October 10th 2015

Sen. Phil Pavlov's 2015 Hunting Update

Sportsmen and women all over the state enjoy our bountiful resources and rich hunting tradition. In fact, Michigan’s hunting participation rate–the percent of residents who have a hunting license–ranks third in the nation! Before you head out, I want to send along some information, including legislative news, season dates, regulation changes and more. Be sure to visit to stay current on rule changes or other important news.
Posted August 27th 2015

Recycling Coloring and Activity Book

For elementary-age children. Learn how to keep Michigan beautiful with the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle.
Posted July 12th 2015

Portraits of Michigan: History and Facts on Michigan

For teachers and junior/senior high students. Portraits of Michigan offers a fun way for you to learn about the state in which you live. With this booklet, we hope you enjoy reading about and gain pride in your home state and that you will love Michigan a little more.
Posted May 20th 2015

The Legislative Process in Michigan: A Student's Guide

For high school students and interested citizens. How do people legislate laws to govern themselves? How does an idea become a bill? What happens in the legislative process? In addition to lawmaking, what other responsibilities does the Legislature have? Answers to these and other questions are presented in this informative publication.
Posted May 16th 2015

Senator Phil Pavlov's "How to Effectively Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment"

Do you think your property tax assessment is incorrect? If so, you may appeal the assessment. If you believe your assessment is in error, you may appeal to your local Board of Review and, if necessary, the Michigan Tax Tribunal. No attorney is necessary. This guide, along with your willingness to explore all the possibilities, may help you obtain a favorable adjustment.
Posted February 4th 2015

Your State Capitol

For all Michiganians (Revised November 2014) Michigan's elegant Victorian-era capitol building is recognized as a national historic landmark for its architectural beauty and artistic importance. Photos, text and artwork highlight interesting views and give information about Michigan's capitol building and its history. Book is available in French, Spanish, and large print.
Posted November 7th 2014

Senator Phil Pavlov's Veteran's Update - Honoring All Who Served

Michigan is the proud home to more than 650,000 veterans. I am pleased to join with many others across our great state in saying with gratitude and respect: Thank you for your service! This report, Honoring All Who Served, covers several issues of interest to veterans, including recent legislation and helpful resources.
Posted November 7th 2014

The Michigan Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act

For all citizens (Revised January 2001) The FOIA establishes procedures to ensure every citizen's right of access to government documents. The OMA protects a citizen's right to know what's going on in government by opening to full public view the processes by which elected and nonelected officials make decisions. This publication contains the text of both acts, general outlines and digests, opinions of the Attorney General, and court decisions. (Not available in print - digital only)
Posted August 3rd 2014

Senator Phil Pavlov's "Our American Flag""

Information on our American flag, it's history, and significance. Folding directions, the meanings of the folds, and instructions on how to fly the flag.
Posted June 24th 2014

Senator Phil Pavlov's 2014 Conservation Update

It's important to conserve our natural resources so the outdoor experiences we enjoy today - whether fishing on a quiet inland lake, camping in a nearby state park, hiking the Shore-to-Shore trail, boating on one of the Big Lakes, tracking a big buck at dawn, or adding to a birding life list - can be enjoyed by future generations. I know many families are interested in the conservation issues that affect Michigan's outdoor heritage. I hope this report will help keep you up-to-date.
Posted June 24th 2014

Consumer Protection Resource Guide: Be A Knowledgeable Consumer

Of general interest to all consumers. Everything you need to know about consumer rights and Michigan law: how to protect yourself from consumer fraud and how to take legal action.
Posted April 23rd 2014

Friend of the Court: Support, Custody, and Visitation for Michigan Children

For divorced parents and others interested in child welfare. The Friend of the Court oversees the welfare of children whose support, custody, and parenting time are the subject of court order because the parents are separated or divorced or they never married. This handbook describes the procedures available for all FOC offices to enforce the court's orders to ensure protection of children's rights to economic and emotional support.
Posted April 10th 2014

Ask Yourself. A Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Resource Guide.

This publication contains information and prevention resources for any individual affected by domestic and sexual violence. Specific topics covered include myths and warning signs of domestic violence and teen dating violence, information regarding date rape drugs and sexual assault prevention, facts on stalking and cyberstalking, abuse reporting procedures, a parent or guardian?s section, suggestions for helping a friend in an abusive situation and what to consider when it?s time to leave an abusive relationship. Throughout this publication, many national, state and local crisis hotlines, professional domestic violence organizations and shelter information have been compiled for your quick reference.
Posted February 7th 2014

Senator Phil Pavlov's Veteran's Update - Honoring All Who Served

This month we pause to honor the sacrifice and service of our veterans, more than 650,000 of which call our great state home. Here in Michigan, we are proud of and committed to supporting those who answered our nation's call to duty. This special update includes a report on the revitalized Veterans Affairs Agency and Michigan's employment services for veterans.
Posted November 6th 2013

Services for Seniors: Laws and Programs for Senior Adults

For seniors and their families. To enhance senior living, this booklet describes state programs and services related to tax credits and additional taxation issues, Medicare and Medicaid, nursing homes and other long-term care options, consumer protection, housing, transportation, employment, and senior discount programs.
Posted October 19th 2013

Senator Phil Pavlov's Hunting Update

Michigan's hunting heritage is deep and enduring. Yet, increasingly, there are some who want to infringe on this great outdoor tradition. That's why I recently supported a resolution to add the right to hunt, fish and trap to Michigan's Constitution. Along with news on this issue and other legislation, I want to send along some hunting information, including season dates, the Pure Michigan Hunt and more. I hope it is useful to you.
Posted October 1st 2013

Senator Phil Pavlov's Summer 2013 Legislative Update

We have made much progress and we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor. Unemployment is down. Home sales are up. The state's credit rating has improved. People are moving back home. More college graduates are choosing to build their lives here. These signs signal that Michigan is moving forward again. Yet still we have much work ahead of us. By working together, we can keep the momentum going and build a better Michigan for all!
Posted August 28th 2013

A Grateful Nation Remembers

Memorial Day and Veteran's News from Senator Phil Pavlov
Posted May 20th 2013

Getting to Know Michigan: A Coloring Book

For younger Michiganians in grades 2 to 4. An informative coloring book for kids, it gives interesting tidbits about Michigan's history, colorful folklore, and state symbols.
Posted May 19th 2013

Mid-Term Report for the Twenty-Fifth Senate District

As residents of the 25th senate district, you have entrusted me to represent your values in Lansing, and I am honored to be your state senator. This report outlines the work my office has performed over the last two years, from sponsored legislation to helping constituents navigate state government. It details the job you sent me to Lansing to do, so please take a moment to read through it and give me your feedback.
Posted April 9th 2013

Senator Phil Pavlov's "Boating and Fishing Update" for 2013"

Before you head out, I want to send along information of interest to boaters and anglers. Along with legislative news - including our work to keep Michigan waterways accessible in light of low water levels - this newsletter provides safety tips and a resource guide
Posted April 8th 2013

Senator Phil Pavlov's "Snowmobile and Safety Guide""

With the season upon us, I want to send along some snowmobile news and safety information.
Posted January 9th 2013

Honoring All Who Served

Whether in quiet reflection or public ceremony, this month we pause to remember and honor America's true heroes - our nation's servicemen and women.
Posted November 7th 2012

Senator Phil Pavlov's 2012 District Update

Before you head for the field or the woods, I want to send along some information, including updates on hunting seasons, licenses and new legislation. I also want to let you know that getting the state's fiscal house in order has been one of my top priorities in order to restore opportunity and ensure a brighter future for Michigan. Government efficiency, responsible budgeting and reforms to address current and future obligations instead of kicking the can down the road have all led to an improved outlook for our state.
Posted September 18th 2012

Senator Phil Pavlov's "2012 Boating and Fishing Update""

Before you and your family head to the shore, I want to send along information of interest to boaters and anglers. Along with a legislative report, this newsletter provides safety tips and a resource guide. I hope you find it useful.
Posted May 8th 2012

For the People... By the People... How State and Local Governments Operate

For the People... By the People... How State and Local Governments Operate For all citizens. To help citizens understand the organization of state and local government, this booklet gives brief descriptions of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of state government, and describes the functions of county, city, township, and village entities of local government. Additional information is provided about local financing and taxation issues.
Posted April 18th 2012

Tenants and Landlords: A Practical Guide

For tenants and landlords. This booklet provides a basic explanation of what happens when a rental agreement is made and serves as a helpful and informative reference tool concerning the rights and responsibilities of the tenant and the landlord.
Posted April 18th 2012

Child Safety Coloring Book

For parents and early elementary-age children. The message of this coloring book is . . . Be smart and be safe . . . On your bicycle, in your home, and in public. This booklet makes a proactive effort to help children to be aware of potentially harmful situations and to avoid them.
Posted October 26th 2011

United States Constitution

This booklet contains the text of the Constitution of the United States with all amendments, as well as the Declaration of Independence.
Posted April 1st 2011

Michigan Constitution

Michigan's Constitution and all amendments.
Posted April 10th 2010

Movin' On: Rights and Responsibilities of Young Adults

For young adults. This handbook contains information for young adults graduating from high school. It discusses important topics such as establishing credit, seeking a higher education, voting, renting, and job search and career planning.
Posted August 8th 2006