Senate approves Rep. Kesto bill to protect children from mutilation

Medical professionals stand to permanently lose their state license if convicted of performing a female genital mutilation procedure, following the state Senate’s unanimous vote to approve legislation sponsored by state Rep. Klint Kesto. Female genital mutilation is any procedure performed on girls, which is intended to remove or damage the external genitalia. “This procedure has…

Drunk driving bills approved by House committee

The House Law and Justice Committee approved legislation by state Reps Patrick Green and. Klint Kesto to keep the state’s benchmark for blood alcohol content (BAC) at 0.08. “This is about maintaining safety on our roads,” said Kesto, chair of the Law and Justice Committee. “If we allow the BAC standards to slide back to…

House approves Rep. Kesto, female protection bills

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Klint Kesto, which requires the permanent revocation of a state medical license for anyone convicted of performing a female genital mutilation procedure, was approved in the House today. Female genital mutilation is any procedure performed on girls, which is intended to remove or damage the external female genitalia. “Female genital…

Committee advances bills to ban female genital mutilation

The House Law and Justice Committee approved bipartisan legislation today to prevent female genital mutilation in Michigan, a week after hearing testimony from state representatives on the package that includes seven bills and one resolution. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls, starting at the age of 4, which is intended to…

Bipartisan female protection bills assigned to House Law and Justice Committee

A bipartisan legislative package that criminalizes female genital mutilation was introduced in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday and has been assigned to the House Law and Justice Committee. “The committee looks forward to considering this important legislation,” said state Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the Law and Justice Committee. “We must do what…

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…