Rep. LaSata to host local office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during her scheduled office hours. Office hours take place on Friday, Feb. 23 at Broad Street Café, 614 Broad St. in St. Joseph, from 10 to 11 a.m. “I look forward to talking with residents of Southwest Michigan about their state…

House bills to improve crime reporting for victims

Nassar case results in legislation to eliminate barriers for reporting sexual offenses A three-bill package has been introduced to better protect victims of criminal sexual conduct-based offenses in response to the recent Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University. State Reps. Klint Kesto, Kim LaSata and Brandt Iden are sponsors of the legislation. “After the…

Rep. LaSata to host local office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced plans to meet with residents of Berrien County during her scheduled office hours. “Hosting office hours helps me stay focused on the issues that matter most to the people of our community,” LaSata said. “Talking to my neighbors, listening to their concerns, and answering any questions they may have…

Reps. Kesto, LaSata launch inquiry into MSU

State Reps. Klint Kesto and Kim LaSata today sent a letter to Michigan State University seeking information related to the school’s inquiries into sexual assault allegations against former MSU physician Larry Nassar. The letter requested all information be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2018. “Nassar’s victims continued to come forward in open court…

Rep. LaSata invites Coloma Frozen Foods president to State of the State speech

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, was joined by Brad Wendzel, president of Coloma Frozen Foods, as a guest during the 2018 State of the State speech today in the state Capitol. “I appreciated having Brad Wendzel join me for tonight’s speech,” LaSata said. “Coloma Frozen Foods is crucial to southwestern Michigan,…

Rep. LaSata votes for family tax relief on vehicle purchases

State Rep. Kim LaSata on Wednesday voted to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan families buying motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto. The vote was the second time she voted in support of the Senate legislation, providing tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing…

Rep. LaSata eager for 2018 after successful first year in office

State Rep. Kim LaSata had a successful 2017, taking a lead role in state higher education funding while also supporting key legislation to help move Michigan forward. “We have had many successes over the past year, including improving our higher education system, and submitting legislation inspired by the citizens of southwest Michigan,” said LaSata, of…

Rep. LaSata optimistic after revenue estimating conference

State Rep. Kim LaSata today said steady, sustainable economic growth will continue based on information presented to the House and Senate Appropriations committees during the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, which is the first look at the upcoming economic forecast. The report was compiled by the House and Senate Fiscal agencies and the state budget director….

House approves Rep. LaSata bill to honor Trooper Robert J. Mihalik

Legislation renames highway in tribute to fallen MSP officer The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Kim LaSata to rename a portion of a highway in Berrien County after fallen Michigan State Police Trooper Robert J. Mihalik. The bill will rename a portion of Red Arrow Highway, between Glenlord and Hilltop…

Rep. LaSata hosts local coffee hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced plans to meet with residents of Berrien County during her first scheduled office hours of 2018. “As the Legislature starts a new year, I want to hear from residents of Berrien County on issues they would like tackled in 2018,” LaSata said. “Hearing directly from people in the community…

Rep. LaSata announces state grant recommendation to develop trailhead

State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has recommended a grant to develop a Berrien County kayak park. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the $300,000 grant will pay for improvements at Riverside Kayak Park in Hagar Township. Funding for the project is comprised of revenue from the lease of…

Students and Victims Deserve Better

I am a mother, with one daughter in college and another starting next fall. I am also an educator, with my passion centered on students and their success. I am now a state representative and the current chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education. I speak from all of these roles when I…