Michigan House committee OKs plan to close tax loophole for out-of-state homeowners

Legislation to prevent out-of-state residents from unfairly taking advantage of property tax exemptions when they buy second homes in Michigan was unanimously approved today by the House Tax Policy Committee. The bills are sponsored by state Reps. Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs and Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township. The issue is key in the southwest…

House approves bill opening up job opportunities for ex-inmates

The state House today approved legislation by state Rep. Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs to allow former inmates to be hired by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) while ensuring public safety. Pagel’s bill sets a requirement that the MDOC director has final approval on applicable candidates with specific consideration of departmental operation and public…

State Reps. Pagel, LaSata aim to close tax loophole for out-of-state homeowners

State Reps. Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs and Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township today introduced legislation to stop out-of-state residents from taking advantage of property tax exemptions when they buy second homes in Michigan. “Closing this loophole will help make sure public schools and local governments get their proper amount of tax revenue,” Pagel said….

Rep. Pagel sets Feb. 25 coffee hour for Buchanan

State Rep. Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs will meet local residents at a coffee hour scheduled for later this month in Buchanan. The details: Where: Union Coffee House located at 115 E. Front St. in Buchanan. When: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. “There is no formal agenda, just coffee and conversation,”…

Pagel bill for parole hearings gets governor’s ceremonial signing

State Representative Dave Pagel, from Berrien Springs, joined Governor Rick Snyder this week for a ceremonial bill signing of his parole reform legislation.  This bill corrected an injustice in the parole system for certain prisoners serving long-term sentences.  Some of these prisoners were being unfairly denied access to the possibility of having their cases heard…

Pagel receives approps committee assignments

State Rep. Dave Pagel, of Berrien Springs, will help lead the House Appropriations Committee to develop budgeting plans as chair of the Corrections subcommittee, Speaker Tom Leonard announced today. “Michigan’s corrections department is one of the largest budget items for the state and it’s a priority we’ve been working on continually to keep our communities…

Pagel sworn into office in Lansing

State Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Berrien Springs, takes the ceremonial oath of office administered by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman on the House floor today. Joining the 78th House District lawmaker for the event was his wife, Sue. This is Pagel’s third term representing portions of Berrien and Cass Counties including the cities of…

House OKs medical parole option for frail prisoners

Low-risk inmates could be moved to appropriate facilities   The Michigan House today approved legislation allowing low-risk, medically frail inmates to complete their sentences in licensed care facilities. The House approved bills 5078, 5079, and 5081 introduced by state Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, chair of the House Committee on Appropriations; Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township,…

U.S. 12 section honors Trooper DeVries

Rep. Pagel law designates stretch between M-60 and U.S. 31 A law naming a section of U.S. 12 in Berrien County in honor of Michigan State Trooper Steven B. DeVries has been signed by the governor, Rep. Dave Pagel announced today. Public Act 136 of 2015, sponsored by Rep. Pagel, designates the stretch of U.S….

Pagel to serve on House Appropriations Committee

Lawmaker to chair Department of Corrections Appropriations Subcommittee State Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township, will serve on the House Appropriations Committee and chair the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Corrections in the 98th Legislature. In these roles, Pagel will have a hand in setting parts of the state’s multi-billion dollar annual budget. “Sound finances…