Rep. Pagel welcomes State Fair Scholarship winner to Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Dave Pagel greeted Brianna Stockwell of Dowagiac as his guest on the House floor.  Brianna was awarded a scholarship at the Michigan State Fair, which celebrates the positive aspects of rural and urban agriculture, business and industry in Michigan.

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

The Michigan Senate today approved legislation to prevent out-of-state residents from improperly claiming property tax exemptions when they buy second homes in Michigan. Sponsored by state Reps. Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township and Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs, the bills address a key issue in the southwest part of the state near Lake Michigan. The…

Rep. Pagel, task force proceeding to reform mental health

State Rep. Dave Pagel, of Oronoko Township, has been impressed by the information being shared with the bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force as it moves forward to reform mental health services in Michigan. “This is an opportunity to address an issue that touches virtually every person across our state,” said Pagel. “Anyone with mental health…

Local first responder joins Rep. Pagel at Sept. 11 ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Dave Pagel, of Berrien Springs, today was joined by Berrien Springs/Oronoko Township Police Officer Rick Smiedendorf as his guest for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers members of the military from Michigan and first responders who died in the line of duty in…

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….