Rep. Pagel seeks region’s input on state mental health services

State Rep. Dave Pagel, a member of a bipartisan House task force on mental health, is seeking southwestern Michigan’s input into how to improve the state’s mental health services. Comments can be submitted at www.house.mi.gov/CARES. The House C.A.R.E.S. task force is named for the key elements the group hopes to address to support vulnerable citizens:…

Rep. Pagel named to bipartisan House mental health task force

State Rep. Dave Pagel, of Berrien Springs, has been named to a 14-member state House of Representatives’ task force which will meet in multiple locations statewide to explore and enhance how certain programs help Michigan residents facing mental health challenges. The bipartisan panel is call the House C.A.R.E.S. task force, named for the key elements…

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

The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation to prevent out-of-state residents from improperly claiming property tax exemptions when they buy second homes in Michigan. The bills – approved by 108-0 votes — are sponsored by state Reps. Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township and Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs, addressing a key issue in the southwest…

Bipartisan legislation increases safety measures for hotel guests

State Rep. Dave Pagel and Sen. Steve Bieda have introduced bills to increase public safety in hotels, motels and resorts throughout Michigan. The bills require carbon monoxide detectors to be installed at all access points and adjacent to access points in all hotels, motels and resorts, no matter how old the building. While current law…

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,…