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…

Rep. LaSata opens Lansing office, announces contact info

State Rep. Kim LaSata has opened her Lansing office to serve the people of Berrien County. People can contact Rep. LaSata by calling (517) 373-1403; mail correspondence to N-1098 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514; or by e-mail at kimlasata@house.mi.gov. “I am eager to work toward real solutions for a more efficient…

Rep.-elect LaSata names legislative staff for Lansing office

Bridgman native to be legislative director   Incoming state Rep. Kim LaSata has named Bridgman native Arthur Havlicek to serve as legislative director in her Lansing office. “I am happy to announce that Arthur has joined our staff,” said Rep.-elect LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “He brings a deep understanding of both the Legislature and the district…

Rep.-elect LaSata to serve on House Committee on Committees

Bainbridge Township legislator-elect honored to be on panel   State Rep.-Elect Kim LaSata today announced she has been named by Speaker-elect Tom Leonard as one of two freshmen legislators to sit on the House Committee on Committees for the 2017-2018 legislative term. The Committee on Committees chooses chairs and members of the standing House committees….