Legislation introduced to ban female mutilation in Michigan

Female genital mutilation (FGM) would be criminalized in Michigan under bipartisan legislation submitted today in the state House of Representatives. “We must do what we can legislatively to prevent this inhumane act from occurring in Michigan,” said state Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton. “This legislative package is incredibly comprehensive, addressing all possible factors related to…

Legislation submitted to deter directed attacks against police, fire and EMS personnel

New legislation has been introduced to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) officials from being targeted for violent or aggressive behavior. The legislation was submitted today by state Reps. Klint Kesto, of Commerce Township, and Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “Police officers, firefighters, and EMS already face dangers in the process of doing…

Rep. Kesto, Michigan House approve more money for public schools

State Rep. Klint Kesto of Commerce Township today joined his Michigan House colleagues in support of a state budget plan that includes record funding for the state’s K-12 public schools. “Michigan students and teachers deserve this investment in our future,” Kesto said after voting in favor of the plan to increase school funding by $100…

Rep. Kesto legislation seeks to hold dishonest public employees accountable

State Rep. Klint Kesto testified today before the House Law and Justice Committee, supporting his bill that would create a five-year felony for public employees who intentionally alter information in an official report in order to mislead others. Kesto, of Commerce Township, cited a need to improve government transparency as a key factor for the…

Rep. Kesto bill ups private property protections

  Measure requires state to follow guidelines or pay fees Michigan property owners will have added protections against any state department or agency that attempts to take private property, as well as options to seek fair compensation if the process is done incorrectly, under Rep. Klint Kesto’s legislation that was approved by the Michigan House…

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…