Rep. LaSata, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Ed, talks about subcommittee passage Thursday of the state’s 2019 public university budget, including language requiring Michigan’s public colleges and universities to be transparent with Title IX reporting or face a 10-percent reduction in future state funding.
Rep. LaSata talks about the introduction Wednesday of a package of bipartisan legislation flowing out of the House inquiry into the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. The package includes enhanced penalties for aggravated distribution, production, and financing of child pornography, as well as new penalties for individuals who abuse their positions of authority to prohibit…
Rep. LaSata talks about the signing of her legislation designating the portion of Red Arrow Highway, between Glenlord and Hilltop roads the Trooper Robert J. Mihalik Memorial Highway, in honor of a Michigan State Police Trooper killed in the line of duty in Berrien County in 1984.
Rep. LaSata talks about House passage of supplemental budget language that adds an additional $175 million in road money for county and local road work in 2018.
House Appropriations Committee on Higher Education Chair Kim LaSata comments on sending a letter to Michigan State University Thursday seeking information related to the school’s inquiries into sexual assault allegations against former MSU physician Larry Nassar.
Rep. LaSata, the chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, says she’s pleased the Governor touched on the Larry Nassar case in his State of the State, adding that she will be especially focused on college safety in the upcoming budget process.
Rep. LaSata looks ahead to Tuesday night’s State of the State Address, saying she hopes to hear about redoubled efforts to protect the safety of both students on college campuses and first responders.
Rep. LaSata talks about House passage Thursday of her HB 5112, which names a portion of Red Arrow Highway in Berrien County the “Trooper Robert J. Mihalik Memorial Highway” in honor of a state trooper killed in the line of duty in 1984 while he tried to arrest the suspect in Benton Township robbery.
Rep. LaSata talks about changes in legislation reforming other post-employment benefits (OPEB) for public employees in Michigan and says revised legislation approved Wednesday gives the state less of a role and does an more effective job of ensuring employee benefits.
Rep. LaSata talks about passage by the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee Wednesday of her HBs 5155 and 5156, which place authority for the state’s Adopt-a-Waterway and Adopt-a-Shoreline program under the Department of Natural Resources. Rep. LaSata says current state policy doesn’t specifically designate who supervises the programs.
Rep. LaSata talks about two pieces of legislation she has authored that have passed the Michigan House and that are now pending in the Michigan Senate. House Bill 4336 would prohibit an individual from claiming a principal residence homestead exemption in Michigan if they also claim an exemption in another state, while HB 4302 is…
Rep. LaSata, the Chair of the House budget committee overseeing funding for higher education in Michigan, says as the mom of a college student herself, she is looking at college education issues based on accessibility, national reputation and making sure state government is measuring public universities by relevant standards.