House passes Pagel bill to streamline local government

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Measure to consolidate canvassing boards heads to Senate

The House of Representatives today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Dave Pagel that helps save taxpayer dollars in administering village elections. The measure passed on a unanimous bipartisan vote.

House Bill 4169 is part of a package of bills that modernizes the election process by transferring the duties of local canvassing boards to the county level.

“This legislation will save taxpayers money by eliminating the board of canvassers at the village level and transferring those duties to the county canvassers,” said Pagel, R-Oronoko Township. “It’s just common sense to consolidate these functions, since county boards of canvassers already oversee local elections. This reform represents a more efficient use of resources in elections.”

The consolidation plan was included in the 2013-2014 House Republican Action Plan, which can be reviewed at

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

About Rep. Pagel:

State Rep. Dave Pagel is a first-term lawmaker representing the 78th House District. The 78th District includes parts of Berrien and Cass counties. Pagel can be reached toll-free at (888) 373-0078 via email at or on his website at For additional updates follow House Republicans on Facebook and Twitter.