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…

House votes for Rep. LaSata’s bill to protect courtroom officials

Legislation submitted by state Rep. Kim LaSata to increase penalties for assault and battery on courtroom personnel received overwhelming support during a House vote today. These bills are part of a bipartisan three-bill package inspired by a July 2016 courtroom assault in Berrien County, which left two dead and two injured. One of the Berrien…

Rep. LaSata plans local May and June office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata would like to invite residents of Berrien County to her scheduled office hours for May and June. “Being accessible is a top priority for me,” LaSata said. “These local office hours give me a chance to meet with people to learn what matters most to them.” The office hours take place…

Rep. LaSata announces environmental grant

State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced a $15,000 Michigan Department of Environmental Quality grant to the Berrien County Parks Department.  The grant will be used to increase access to recycling efforts, improve processing capacity, and promote recycling education in Michigan. “I want to congratulate the parks department on their tremendous work,” Rep. LaSata said. “This…

House committee approves LaSata legislation to protect courtroom personnel

The House Law and Justice Committee has approved a bipartisan legislative package, which includes a bill submitted by state Rep. Kim LaSata, to increase penalties for assault and battery on courtroom personnel. These bills are a response to a deadly July 2016 courtroom assault in Berrien County, which left two dead and two injured, and…

Rep. LaSata announces economic grant

State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced a $135,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund has been awarded to Falcon Lakeside Manufacturing. The company is investing $1.8 million for an expansion into the villages of Stevensville and Eau Claire, creating 27 jobs in Berrien County. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Indiana. “I…

Rep. LaSata lauds panel’s passage of House higher education budget

Subcommittee chair: College must be more affordable   State Rep. Kim LaSata today praised the House Appropriations Committee for passage of the school budget, which includes record funding for K-12 education and increased spending for higher education. LaSata, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, said the subcommittee worked hard to create a…

Budget increases funds for state universities, holds tuition costs down

The House Higher Education Subcommittee on Appropriations today approved a budget that increases funding for the state’s 15 public universities while also tightening tuition restraint language to keep the cost to families down, state Rep. Kim LaSata announced. “I firmly believe in the importance of education and I am proud of the increased investment we…