Rep. LaSata hosts local office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata invites residents of Berrien County to talk with her about issues facing Michigan during her November office hours. “Engaging with residents in a casual setting is a great way to foster dialog and share ideas,” LaSata said. “I look forward to having discussions with people in the community about making our…

Rep. LaSata welcomes ‘Rep for a Day’ winners to state Capitol

State Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, welcomed 6 students and their families to the Capitol to be junior representatives for a day and experience the life of a Michigan state legislator. Local students entered the contest by filling out a bookmark they received from their local library with as many books as they could…

Rep. LaSata: It’s time to end driver responsibility fees

Lawmaker votes for elimination, debt forgiveness   State Rep. Kim LaSata today voted to end driver responsibility fees, saying the punishment imposed on hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents caused financial hardships for families. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the bipartisan legislative package approved today by the House of Representatives eliminates the fees as of…

LaSata wants more Michigan water trails

Legislator calls on DNR to continue expansion of state’s water trail program A House resolution introduced by state Rep. Kim LaSata would urge the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to designate more water trails in the state of Michigan. Michigan’s Great Lakes water trails provide an excellent opportunity for kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding throughout…

LaSata bills allow volunteers to play role in preserving Michigan rivers, shorelines

State Rep. Kim LaSata today introduced legislation to streamline rules regulating Michigan’s Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the programs are currently underutilized. Her legislation calls on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to administer the programs and offer information to the public about how to become involved. “Many people who are…

Rep. LaSata co-sponsors resolution calling for July 1 budget deadline

Legislators would lose pay if spending plan not in place   State Rep. Kim LaSata today said she is supporting a House resolution that amends the Michigan Constitution by requiring the Legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor by July 1. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said House Joint Resolution X would change the…

Rep. LaSata celebrates first bill signing

Photo Information: State Rep. Kim LaSata with Governor Rick Snyder after the signing of her first bill, House Bill 4336, which deals with closing a property tax loophole for out of state homeowners. ###  

Rep. LaSata hosts local office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata is inviting residents of Berrien County to talk with her about issues facing Michigan during her October office hours. “Listening to the concerns of members of the community is a very important aspect of my job,” LaSata said. “Local office hours are a great way for me to speak with my…

Rep. LaSata introduces ‘Buy Nearby’ resolution

State Rep. Kim LaSata yesterday introduced a resolution declaring Oct. 7 and 8 as Buy Nearby Weekend in the state of Michigan. LaSata emphasized the importance of buying locally and how retailors support over 850,000 jobs across Michigan. “If everyone practiced ‘Buying Nearby’ Michigan shoppers would create an additional $9 billion in economic activity and…

Rep. LaSata welcomes Father Eamon Kelly to state Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Kim LaSata welcomed Father Eamon Kelly to the Capitol to lead the House of Representative’s invocation before today’s session.  As the vice chargé of the Pontifical Institute of the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center and the vice director of Magdala the Crossroads of Jewish and Christian History, Father Kelly made a…

Rep. LaSata backs Krasl Art Center project

State Rep. Kim LaSata is backing a crowdfunding campaign with the goal of raising $50,000 by Dec. 1 to receive a matching grant through Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces Community Places initiative.  In addition to MEDC matching funds, all contributions to the campaign will be quadrupled due to additional matching grants from the Frederick…

Statement from Rep. LaSata on Palisades announcement

State Rep. Kim LaSata (R-Bainbridge Township) today issued the following statement on the announcement that the Palisades nuclear power plant in southwest Michigan will remain open until at least 2022, delaying a planned 2018 closure: “I was very encouraged to hear that Entergy will continue to operate Palisades through spring of 2022. This decision brings…

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…