Rep. LaSata plans local May and June office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata would like to invite residents of Berrien County to her scheduled office hours for May and June. “Being accessible is a top priority for me,” LaSata said. “These local office hours give me a chance to meet with people to learn what matters most to them.” The office hours take place…

Rep. LaSata announces environmental grant

State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced a $15,000 Michigan Department of Environmental Quality grant to the Berrien County Parks Department.  The grant will be used to increase access to recycling efforts, improve processing capacity, and promote recycling education in Michigan. “I want to congratulate the parks department on their tremendous work,” Rep. LaSata said. “This…

Michigan House committee OKs plan to close tax loophole for out-of-state homeowners

Legislation to prevent out-of-state residents from unfairly taking advantage of property tax exemptions when they buy second homes in Michigan was unanimously approved today by the House Tax Policy Committee. The bills are sponsored by state Reps. Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs and Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township. The issue is key in the southwest…

House committee approves LaSata legislation to protect courtroom personnel

The House Law and Justice Committee has approved a bipartisan legislative package, which includes a bill submitted by state Rep. Kim LaSata, to increase penalties for assault and battery on courtroom personnel. These bills are a response to a deadly July 2016 courtroom assault in Berrien County, which left two dead and two injured, and…

Rep. LaSata announces economic grant

State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced a $135,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund has been awarded to Falcon Lakeside Manufacturing. The company is investing $1.8 million for an expansion into the villages of Stevensville and Eau Claire, creating 27 jobs in Berrien County. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Indiana. “I…

Rep. LaSata lauds panel’s passage of House higher education budget

Subcommittee chair: College must be more affordable   State Rep. Kim LaSata today praised the House Appropriations Committee for passage of the school budget, which includes record funding for K-12 education and increased spending for higher education. LaSata, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, said the subcommittee worked hard to create a…

Budget increases funds for state universities, holds tuition costs down

The House Higher Education Subcommittee on Appropriations today approved a budget that increases funding for the state’s 15 public universities while also tightening tuition restraint language to keep the cost to families down, state Rep. Kim LaSata announced. “I firmly believe in the importance of education and I am proud of the increased investment we…

Rep. LaSata plans local office hours for April

State Rep. Kim LaSata invites residents to attend local coffee hours to meet with area residents and discuss issues pertaining to state government. “Meeting with residents during office hours is a great opportunity to take input from my district and bring it to the decision making process in Lansing,” said LaSata. “These discussions ultimately help…

Rep. LaSata: People deserve state government transparency

State Rep. Kim LaSata today voted yes to legislation to make state government more accountable to the people it serves. The bills received overwhelming support and now go to the Senate for consideration. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the legislation makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates…

State Reps. Pagel, LaSata aim to close tax loophole for out-of-state homeowners

State Reps. Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs and Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township today introduced legislation to stop out-of-state residents from taking advantage of property tax exemptions when they buy second homes in Michigan. “Closing this loophole will help make sure public schools and local governments get their proper amount of tax revenue,” Pagel said….

LaSata’s first bill part of bipartisan effort to deter courtroom assaults

Measures increase penalties for courtroom attacks   State Rep. Kim LaSata (R-Bainbridge Township), state Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing), and House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) introduced a bipartisan, three-bill package that adds attempted assault to the section of law dealing with courtroom assault, and increases penalties for assault and attempted assault on courtroom personnel…

Rep. LaSata supports governor’s call to delay school closings

State Rep. Kim LaSata today said she supports Gov. Rick Snyder’s call for a three-month delay in the closing of 38 failing schools in Michigan, including three in the district she represents. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said three Benton Harbor-area schools – Dream Academy, International Academy at Hull and STEAM Academy at MLK – were…