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…

Rep. LaSata plans local office hours in February, March

State Rep. Kim LaSata invites residents to office hours in several Berrien County communities during February and March. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, will meet with people on the following dates: Friday, Feb. 24, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Sidetracks Café, 315 N. Main St., Watervliet; Friday, March 3, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at…

Rep. LaSata announces winners of district photography contest

State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced the winners of a photography contest she conducted to help decorate her Lansing office with scenes from Berrien County communities. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the winning photo was submitted by Randy Willis of Benton Harbor. His photo shows a rainbow over vineyards and barn and will hang in…

LaSata issues statement following governor’s budget proposals

State Rep. Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, made the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder presented his proposed budget to a joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee: “I appreciate all the hard work Gov. Snyder has put into his proposed budget and look forward to working…

LaSata: Taxpayers deserve access to public information

Representative supports bills promoting accountability   State Rep. Kim LaSata today stood up with her fellow lawmakers in support of bipartisan legislation that ensures taxpayers more access to public records in the Legislature and governor’s office. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, joined her colleagues as a 11-bill package was unveiled today in the Capitol. She said…

LaSata to chair Higher Education appropriations subcommittee

State Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, will serve as the chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education. The first-year representative will also serve as vice chair of both the General Government Appropriations Subcommittee and of the Capitol Committee.  LaSata will also be a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Appropriations subcommittees…

LaSata: Reforming, not closing Benton Harbor schools is a priority

State Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, issued the following statement after three Benton Harbor-area schools – Dream Academy, International Academy at Hull and STEAM Academy at MLK – were placed on priority status by the School Reform Office for low performance over three consecutive years: “I am deeply concerned about the future of these…

Rep. LaSata takes ceremonial oath of office on House floor

Newly elected state Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township, is administered the ceremonial oath of office by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman. Joining LaSata for the oath of office ceremony is her family, daughters Sarah, Claire and Anna, son Chas, and husband Charlie. #####

Rep. LaSata sponsors photo contest to help decorate Lansing office

Seeks images of district to make visitors feel at home   State Rep. Kim LaSata is asking people in Berrien County to help make her new Lansing office feel more like home. LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township, is sponsoring a photo contest and asks people to send her their picturesque photographs of Berrien County. The top three…