Rep. Kesto, committee support bills which ban pointing lasers at aircraft

The House Law and Justice Committee Tuesday approved legislation that makes it illegal to point a laser or directed energy device at or in the path of an aircraft. “Within the past couple of weeks, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has had three incidents of an energy beam being directed at their aircraft during the…

Rep. Kesto takes gavel as chair of Law & Justice Committee

State Rep. Klint Kesto of Commerce Township led his first meeting as the chair of the House Law & Justice Committee today in Lansing. “We have good group of representatives on this committee,” Kesto said. “Some are attorneys, others are not, but this group comes from many different areas of our state and brings several…

Rep. Kesto announces regular office hours

Lawmaker adds presentation for seniors to ‘Espresso with Kesto’ State Rep. Klint Kesto  announced today that he will host regular monthly office hours and encourages residents to attend his monthly senior event with a presentation from the Attorney General’s office. Rep. Kesto, of Commerce Township, said ‘Espresso with Kesto’ will take place on the third…

Rep. Kesto named chair of Law and Justice Committee

House Speaker Tom Leonard announced today that state Rep. Klint Kesto, of Commerce Township, will lead the House Law and Justice Committee. Kesto said his experience as an assistant prosecuting attorney will be invaluable as the Law and Justice Committee addresses key issues affecting Michigan families. “We made great progress last session resolving legislation related…

Rep. Kesto supports transparency measure for Michigan House

State Rep. Klint Kesto applauded a recent decision to improve government transparency by posting salary information for representatives and employees on the House of Representatives’ website. “We are the people’s government and this decision is another example of it,” said Kesto, of Commerce Township. “Every Michigan resident has the right to know how their tax…

Kesto bill ensures siblings are kept together in foster care

The House Judiciary Committee this week heard testimony on a bicameral package of bills requiring that siblings be kept together when placed in foster care. House Bill 5521, introduced by Rep. Klint Kesto, requires that reasonable efforts be made to place siblings in the same foster care, kinship guardianship or adoptive placement, unless the joint…

Rep. Kesto praises Secretary of State for declaring ISIS responsible for genocide

Secretary of State John Kerry this week stated that ISIS’ action against the Yazidis, Christians and Shiite Muslims in Iraq and Syria constitutes genocide. This is the first time that the United States has declared genocide since 2004. State Rep. Klint Kesto, the first Chaldean-American in the Michigan house, has been legislatively active on this…

Kesto testifies on bills to reform juvenile justice sentencing

  The Michigan House Committee on Criminal Justice today took up a 20-bill package of legislation to reform and improve the state’s handling of young criminal offenders. The bipartisan, comprehensive package brings a host of changes to the way Michigan’s youths are tried, sentenced and incarcerated. Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, said the main focus…

Kesto applauds Jewish Ensemble Theatre grant

State Rep. Klint Kesto today applauded the Jewish Ensemble Theatre (JET) on their receiving a $15,000 grant from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). JET was one of 559 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2016 funding. JET holds the distinction of being the longest, continuously running professional Jewish…

Rep. Kesto property rights legislation signed by Gov. Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed bipartisan legislation strengthening Michigan’s asset forfeiture laws through higher evidentiary standards, greater transparency and increased accountability. State Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce, was the sponsor of one bill in the package of eight designed to address growing concerns with Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture laws. Rep. Kesto also serves as chair of…

Governor signs Kesto bill protecting military’s parental rights

The governor this week signed a bill introduced by state Rep. Klint Kesto to prevent changes in parental and custody rights if one parent is deployed on active duty in the armed forces serving our country. House Bill 4482 is part of a bicameral bill package protecting the parental rights of service men and women….