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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…

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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….

House approves landmark property rights package

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill package reforming Michigan’s asset forfeiture laws to create clear, reasonable standards for the sanctity of individual rights and the lawful seizure of property by authorities. House Judiciary Chair Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, lead the charge as sponsor of one of eight bills designed to address…

House Republicans introduce road plan

The Michigan House Republicans this week announced a simple, long-term plan to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges. The plan focuses on using existing dollars and reprioritizing restricted funds. Unlike the ballot proposal put before the voters, the House Republican plan only contains funding pertinent to roads and transportation. Rep. Klint Kesto said the…

House Judiciary committee takes up asset forfeiture reform package

The Michigan House Judiciary committee today took testimony on a bipartisan bill package reforming Michigan’s asset forfeiture laws toward greater clarity and protection of individual property rights. House Judiciary Chair Rep. Klint Kesto, who sponsored one of the eight bills in the package, argued that reform of the state’s forfeiture laws is necessary and long…

House approves Rep. Kesto bill protecting military’s parental rights

The Michigan House today approved 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. House Bill 4482 is part of a bicameral bill package protecting the parental rights of service men and women. Rep. Kesto’s bill…

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Kesto leads bipartisan effort to protect people’s property rights

Lawmaker says balance needed to protect citizens   Michigan residents will be better protected from the improper seizure of their property by police agencies under a bipartisan legislative package introduced today that reforms state civil asset forfeiture laws, state Rep. Klint Kesto announced. Rep. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said civil…