Rep. LaSata announces summer reading contest

State Representative Kim LaSata announced the start of her summer reading program throughout the community, which encourages children to read over the summer months and win a chance to join Rep. LaSata in Lansing for a day. “Reading is such an important skill that creates life-long benefits,” LaSata said. “I hope children take advantage of…

Rep. LaSata hosts local June and July office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata invites residents of Berrien County to her scheduled office hours for June and July. “Providing the best constituent service possible has always been a top priority for me,” LaSata said.  “I look forward to hearing from residents during these local office hours.” Office hours take place at the following times and…

Rep. LaSata votes for bill to fund local recreation projects

State Rep. Kim LaSata voted today on a bill that funds recreational projects throughout the state including two local developments. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the Natural Resources Trust Fund developments will use dedicated money for such recreational projects to fund parks, trailheads and buy land across Michigan. One local project involves the Watervliet City…

Rep. LaSata proposes increased filing fees for politicians

State Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township, today introduced legislation as part of a six-bill package to increase filing fees for candidates seeking election to various offices. LaSata said the fees have not been adjusted since 1954, when they were set at $100. If the $100 fee was adjusted for inflation, it would be nearly $900…

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

The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation to prevent out-of-state residents from improperly claiming property tax exemptions when they buy second homes in Michigan. The bills – approved by 108-0 votes — are sponsored by state Reps. Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township and Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs, addressing a key issue in the southwest…

Rep. LaSata encourages residents of Southwest Michigan to enjoy Free Fishing Weekend

State Rep. Kim LaSata is encouraging residents of Southwest Michigan to take advantage of the state’s annual Free Fishing Weekend, June 10 and 11, to kick off summer. “There is some fin special about summertime in Southwest Michigan,” LaSata said.  “I encourage all residents to take advantage of this opportunity and get outside and enjoy…

House votes for Rep. LaSata’s bill to protect courtroom officials

Legislation submitted by state Rep. Kim LaSata to increase penalties for assault and battery on courtroom personnel received overwhelming support during a House vote today. These bills are part of a bipartisan three-bill package inspired by a July 2016 courtroom assault in Berrien County, which left two dead and two injured. One of the Berrien…

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…