Rep. LaSata plan will better protect college students

Chair of Higher Education subcommittee approves budget The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education today voted to require the state’s public colleges and universities to be more transparent with Title IX reporting or face a 10-percent reduction in state funding, state Rep. Kim LaSata announced. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive…

Lawmakers submit reform plan following MSU inquiry

House legislation calls for better protection from sexual misconduct A bipartisan group of House legislators today submitted a plan to better protect Michigan’s children in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. The reforms build on previously introduced legislation and include enhanced penalties for distribution, production and financing of child pornography, as well…

House lawmakers announce outcome of MSU inquiry

MSU’s handling of Nassar complaints questioned by Reps. Kesto, LaSata State Reps. Kim LaSata and Klint Kesto today announced the findings and recommendations from their bipartisan inquiry into Michigan State University’s response to complaints filed against former physician and convicted sex offender Larry Nassar. Their assessment was submitted in a six-page letter to House Speaker…

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 will take place on Friday, April 6 at Clifford’s Coffee Canal, 619 W. Main St. in Benton Harbor from 9 to 10 a.m. “I look forward to talking with residents of Southwest Michigan about…

Rep. LaSata’s bill to honor Trooper Robert J. Mihalik signed into law

Legislation renames a highway in Berrien County for fallen MSP officer Legislation introduced by state Rep. Kim LaSata to name a portion of a highway in Berrien County after fallen Michigan State Police Trooper Robert J. Mihalik is now law. A portion of Red Arrow Highway, between Glenlord and Hilltop roads, will become the Trooper…

New laws improve Michigan water beautification programs

Legislation introduced by Rep. Kim LaSata streamlining rules regulating Michigan’s Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs were signed into law by the governor today. Over the years, Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have been separated, combined and separated again through various executive orders. After the most recent split, each…

House lawmakers request more information from MSU

LaSata, Kesto continue inquiry into MSU’s handling of Nassar case State Reps. Klint Kesto and Kim LaSata today submitted a letter requesting additional information from Michigan State University pertaining to complaints filed against former physician and convicted sex offender Larry Nassar. Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee; and LaSata, chair of the…

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 Saturday, March 10 at Mill Creek Charlie’s, 3801 M-140 in Watervliet from noon to 1 p.m. “Engaging with residents in a casual setting is a great way to foster dialog and…

LaSata co-sponsors measure to provide better end-of-life care in hospice

State Rep. Kim LaSata (R-Bainbridge Township) today cosponsored a bill to exempt hospice care providers from complying with bills introduced last year requiring health care providers to query the Michigan automated prescription system (MAPS), which was created to track controlled substances, and obtain a report from MAPS before prescribing or dispensing a controlled substance. Last…

Rep. LaSata: Bill passage will boost local economy during PGA event

Vendors may apply for special liquor licenses during tournament   State Rep. Kim LaSata today voted for legislation that will enable vendors at PGA golf tournaments in Michigan to apply for a national sporting event liquor license. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the opportunity for the special licenses will be a boost to the local…

LaSata: Our drivers deserve better roads in Southwest Michigan

Legislation approved to add $175 million for 2018 projects   State Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, voted today for increased funding to local, county, and state road repair and construction projects for 2018. The House allocated $175 million in currently available funds across Michigan, including $1.15 million in Berrien County. This breaks down to:…

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…