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.
Rep. LaSata says students in First through Fifth Grades still have about three weeks to participate in her summer reading contest. Bookmarks are available at local libraries and at Rep. LaSata’s House Website, and when a student finishes reading 10 books they can return the bookmark to the library. Rep. LaSata says a bookmark will…
Rep. LaSata talks about House passage Wednesday of a two-bill package she sponsored with Rep. Dave Pagel that prohibits claiming a principal residence exemption for a home in Michigan if a similar exemption is already claimed in another state, a move Rep. LaSata says will be good for local schools.
Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township; audio on House passage of courtroom officials protection legislation
Rep. LaSata talks about House passage Tuesday of her HB 4302, part of a bipartisan, three-bill package that toughens penalties for assaults on courtroom officials. A courtroom assault in Rep. LaSata’s Berrien County in the summer of 2016 left two bailiffs dead.
Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Twp.; audio on committee passage of courthouse employee assault legislation
Rep. LaSata talks about passage Tuesday by the House Law and Justice Committee of a bipartisan, three-bill package, including legislation she is sponsoring, that toughens penalties for assaults on courtroom personnel. The Berrien County Circuit Court experienced the deaths of two bailiffs during an assault in the summer of 2016.