Legislators meet church leaders; declare October 18 as American Middle East Christian Day

The House of Representatives approved a bipartisan resolution offered by state Reps. Jim Runestad and Klint Kesto declaring October 18 as American Middle East Christian Day in the state of Michigan on Wednesday. The resolution was prepared in coordination with the American Middle East Christian Congress which hosted a luncheon and presentation for members of…

Rep. Kesto bill to maintain safe road standards approved by Senate committee

Legislation by state Rep. Klint Kesto was approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee, continuing the state’s benchmark for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at 0.08. “Our roads have become safer over the past 14 years, since we shifted from the 0.10 requirement,” said Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee. “If we allow…

Rep. Kesto: FGM package officially protects children

State Rep. Klint Kesto’s key legislation in a bipartisan package outlawing female genital mutilation (FGM) became effective Monday. Kesto’s bill specifically revokes a medical professional’s state license if convicted of performing a FGM, which is any procedure performed on girls to remove or damage the external genitalia. The eight-bill package also prohibits the procedure, sets…

Rep. Kesto, committee approve first responder protection bills

A week after state Rep. Klint Kesto was joined by Detroit Police Chief James Craig in calling for improved protection of all of Michigan’s first responders, the House Law and Justice Committee agreed by voting through a three-bill package. Legislation sponsored by Kesto specifically called for a ban on intimidation or targeting of police and…

Rep. Kesto bill increases penalties for abuse of senior citizens

State Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee, has submitted legislation to increase penalties for anyone convicted of abusing an elder or vulnerable adult by mental and physical means. Kesto’s legislation also updates the state’s sentencing guidelines, including four years imprisonment for elder abuse that causes mental suffering or physical injury,…

Rep. Kesto, Detroit police chief speak to need to protect first responders in Michigan

State Rep. Klint Kesto cited an increase in attacks on law enforcement officers over the past 18 months as a key reason for the House Law and Justice Committee to consider a three-bill package to protect first responders during testimony today. Detroit Police Department Chief James Craig and West Bloomfield Fire Department Chief Gregory Flynn…

Kesto e-bike legislation cruises through Tourism Committee

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Klint Kesto exempts electric bicycles, commonly referred to as “e-bikes,” from no-fault insurance. The bill is part of a greater package to allow the use of e-bikes on Michigan bicycle trails. “E-bikes are not motor vehicles and really shouldn’t be required to be insured under Michigan’s auto no-fault system,” said…

House approves bills to help keep state roads safe

The House approved bipartisan legislation today to maintain the state’s legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at 0.08 today, helping to ensure the safety of Michigan residents and families. State Rep. Patrick Green’s House Bill 4548 extends the sunset on the BAC standard of 0.08 from Oct. 1, 2018 to Oct. 1, 2023. House…

Residents share ideas for mental health reform with House task force

Bipartisan group will use feedback to help improve services The House’s mental health task force heard from a dozen different organizations and advocates today during a meeting in Lansing held to gather input and ideas for improving mental health services in Michigan. Panelists included Dr. Laura Hirshbein, professor and psychiatrist with University of Michigan Medicine;…

Rep. Kesto joined by local first responders at Sept. 11 ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Klint Kesto, of Commerce Township, today hosted West Bloomfield Police Chief Michael Patton and Lt. Gerald Schroeder, commander of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Commerce Substation, as his guests at the Michigan House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the…

Mental health task force schedules meeting in Detroit

A bipartisan state House of Representatives task force will have a public meeting at 1-3 p.m. in the Team Wellness Center, located at 6309 Mack Avenue in Detroit, on Monday, Sept. 11. Comprised of seven Democratic and seven Republican members, and co-chaired by state Reps. Klint Kesto of Commerce Township and Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville,…

House mental health task force schedules Lansing meeting

State Reps. Klint Kesto and Hank Vaupel, co-chairs of the House’s mental health task force, today announced the panel’s next meeting is Thursday, Sept. 7, at the state Capitol. The bipartisan task force will meet with mental health professionals and advocates throughout the state to gather input and ideas for improving services for Michigan residents….