Rep. LaSata’s water beautification program legislation making waves

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Kim LaSata to streamline rules regulating Michigan’s Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs was approved today by the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee. In 2009, then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed Executive Order 45, which combined the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) into the Department of…

Rep. LaSata testifies on bill to honor Trooper Robert J. Mihalik

Legislation renames portion of Red Arrow Highway after fallen MSP officer State Rep. Kim LaSata today testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of her legislation to rename a portion of a highway in Berrien County after fallen Michigan State Police Trooper Robert J. Mihalik. On September 9, 1984, Mihalik became the…

Rep. LaSata hosts local office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata invites residents of Berrien County to talk with her about issues facing Michigan during her November office hours. “Engaging with residents in a casual setting is a great way to foster dialog and share ideas,” LaSata said. “I look forward to having discussions with people in the community about making our…

Rep. LaSata welcomes ‘Rep for a Day’ winners to state Capitol

State Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, welcomed 6 students and their families to the Capitol to be junior representatives for a day and experience the life of a Michigan state legislator. Local students entered the contest by filling out a bookmark they received from their local library with as many books as they could…

Rep. LaSata: It’s time to end driver responsibility fees

Lawmaker votes for elimination, debt forgiveness   State Rep. Kim LaSata today voted to end driver responsibility fees, saying the punishment imposed on hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents caused financial hardships for families. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the bipartisan legislative package approved today by the House of Representatives eliminates the fees as of…

LaSata wants more Michigan water trails

Legislator calls on DNR to continue expansion of state’s water trail program A House resolution introduced by state Rep. Kim LaSata would urge the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to designate more water trails in the state of Michigan. Michigan’s Great Lakes water trails provide an excellent opportunity for kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding throughout…

LaSata bills allow volunteers to play role in preserving Michigan rivers, shorelines

State Rep. Kim LaSata today introduced legislation to streamline rules regulating Michigan’s Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the programs are currently underutilized. Her legislation calls on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to administer the programs and offer information to the public about how to become involved. “Many people who are…

Rep. LaSata co-sponsors resolution calling for July 1 budget deadline

Legislators would lose pay if spending plan not in place   State Rep. Kim LaSata today said she is supporting a House resolution that amends the Michigan Constitution by requiring the Legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor by July 1. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said House Joint Resolution X would change the…

Rep. LaSata celebrates first bill signing

Photo Information: State Rep. Kim LaSata with Governor Rick Snyder after the signing of her first bill, House Bill 4336, which deals with closing a property tax loophole for out of state homeowners. ###  

Rep. LaSata hosts local office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata is inviting residents of Berrien County to talk with her about issues facing Michigan during her October office hours. “Listening to the concerns of members of the community is a very important aspect of my job,” LaSata said. “Local office hours are a great way for me to speak with my…