Rep. LaSata invites local first responder to Sept. 11 ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, today was joined by Berrien County Court Security Supervisor Fredrick “Rick” Lull at the Michigan House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in…

Rep. LaSata to host energy town hall

State Rep. Kim LaSata announced a town hall event on Aug. 31 for Southwest Michigan residents focusing on clean energy issues. “I look forward to having constructive dialogue with people in the community about the future of clean energy production in our state,” LaSata said.  “Michigan has made some important advances that have created over…

Rep. LaSata reminds students about summer reading program

State Rep. Kim LaSata is reminding residents of Berrien County about her summer reading program. “Educating young people has always been a passion of mine,” LaSata said. “As your state representative, I have made it a priority to connect with students and impress upon them the importance of learning and the role of government.” The…

Rep. LaSata to sponsor additional CPL training classes

State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced she will sponsor additional CPL training classes due to the overwhelming response of her training course scheduled for Aug. 26. The class is currently at capacity and can no longer accept reservations. As previously mentioned, registration was limited; however, the first respondents will be contacted about their acceptance into…

LaSata announces grant to fight blight

State Rep. Kim LaSata announced this week that Berrien County will receive funding for residential and commercial blight elimination projects.  The Berrien County Land Bank Authority has been awarded $102,000 to tear down 25 blighted, tax-foreclosed properties in Benton Harbor, Benton Charter Township, and Buchanan. The funding was awarded through the Michigan State Housing Development…

LaSata: federal government must take swift action against Asian carp

  Following the release of the Army Corps of Engineers invasive species report Monday, state Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, urged the federal government to take action to prevent further invasion by Asian carp in the Great Lakes. The long-awaited report assesses the viability of establishing various control mechanisms at the Brandon Road Lock…

Rep. LaSata hosts free CPL training course

State Rep. Kim LaSata will host a free Concealed Pistol License training course with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday, August 26. The course takes place at the Berrien County Patrol Office located at 2100 E. Empire Ave. in Benton Harbor.  Per state law, the course is divided into two sections, a five-hour classroom…

Rep. LaSata hosts local office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata is inviting residents of Berrien County to speak with her about issues facing Michigan during her local office hour sessions. “Meeting with people in these informal settings is one of the most important tools I have to find out what the concerns are of people back home,” LaSata said. “Local office…

Rep. LaSata highlights budget, criminal justice successes

State Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, is pleased with the progress made in the first six months of her term, noting the approval of a 2017-18 budget and key legislation driven by Southwestern Michigan. “We’ve taken several strong steps forward, such as getting a fiscally-responsible budget done early for the seventh year in a…

M-140 project underway in Watervliet, South Haven

Reps. Griffin, LaSata: House is dedicated to making roads safe   State Reps. Beth Griffin and Kim LaSata said repairs and resurfacing of nearly 10 miles of M-140 in Watervliet and South Haven will begin Monday.  This will make traveling on the highway safer for Michigan families. These projects demonstrate the priority placed by the…

Rep. LaSata announces summer reading contest

State Representative Kim LaSata announced the start of her summer reading program throughout the community, which encourages children to read over the summer months and win a chance to join Rep. LaSata in Lansing for a day. “Reading is such an important skill that creates life-long benefits,” LaSata said. “I hope children take advantage of…

Rep. LaSata hosts local June and July office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata invites residents of Berrien County to her scheduled office hours for June and July. “Providing the best constituent service possible has always been a top priority for me,” LaSata said.  “I look forward to hearing from residents during these local office hours.” Office hours take place at the following times and…

Rep. LaSata votes for bill to fund local recreation projects

State Rep. Kim LaSata voted today on a bill that funds recreational projects throughout the state including two local developments. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the Natural Resources Trust Fund developments will use dedicated money for such recreational projects to fund parks, trailheads and buy land across Michigan. One local project involves the Watervliet City…

Rep. LaSata proposes increased filing fees for politicians

State Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township, today introduced legislation as part of a six-bill package to increase filing fees for candidates seeking election to various offices. LaSata said the fees have not been adjusted since 1954, when they were set at $100. If the $100 fee was adjusted for inflation, it would be nearly $900…

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…