PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Kim LaSata and State Senator John Proos welcome the Blossomtime Queen’s court to the state Capitol. The annual Blossomtime Festival Grand Floral Parade is Saturday, May 5 at 1 p.m. The parade begins in St. Joseph on Main St. and continues through the city, across the Bicentennial Bridge, and into Benton Harbor. St. Joseph and Benton Harbor have hosted the Parade since its inception in 1923. #KimLaSata
"LaSata locks up over 200 endorsements including leaders in law enforcement, agriculture & business” Republican State Representative Kim LaSata announced the endorsement of all three County Sheriffs in her run to succeed term-limited Senator John Proos in the 21st Senate District. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey, Cass County Sheriff Rick Behnke, and St. Joseph County Sheriff Bradley Balk have all publicly thrown their support behind LaSata’s senate run. “Our police, fire a
Chair of Higher Education subcommittee approves budget The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education today voted to require the state’s public colleges and universities to be more transparent with Title IX reporting or face a 10-percent reduction in state funding, state Rep. Kim LaSata announced. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding and the 15 public universities in Michigan are required to submit reports t
House legislation calls for better protection from sexual misconduct A bipartisan group of House legislators today submitted a plan to better protect Michigan’s children in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. The reforms build on previously introduced legislation and include enhanced penalties for distribution, production and financing of child pornography, as well as new penalties for individuals who abuse their positions of authority to stop others from reportin
MSU’s handling of Nassar complaints questioned by Reps. Kesto, LaSata State Reps. Kim LaSata and Klint Kesto today announced the findings and recommendations from their bipartisan inquiry into Michigan State University’s response to complaints filed against former physician and convicted sex offender Larry Nassar. Their assessment was submitted in a six-page letter to House Speaker Tom Leonard, who tasked Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee; and LaSata, chair
State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during her scheduled office hours. Office hours will take place on Friday, April 6 at Clifford’s Coffee Canal, 619 W. Main St. in Benton Harbor from 9 to 10 a.m. “I look forward to talking with residents of Southwest Michigan about their state government,” LaSata said. “Hosting office hours throughout the community helps me better represent my neighbors and inform them about what is happe
Legislation introduced by state Rep. Kim LaSata to name a portion of a highway in Berrien County after fallen Michigan State Police Trooper Robert J. Mihalik is now law. A portion of Red Arrow Highway, between Glenlord and Hilltop roads, will become the Trooper Robert J. Mihalik Memorial Highway. “Trooper Mihalik was a dedicated member of law enforcement and memorializing him with a section of roadway will honor his devotion to public safety in our community,” said Rep. LaSat
More money urgently needed to fix roads in Berrien County this construction season will soon be on its way, state Rep. Kim LaSata announced today after the funding was signed into law. “Drivers are frustrated by the condition of our roads, and I can’t blame them. I share the frustration,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “The good news is some help is on the way, and it is arriving without higher taxes or fees.” An additional $175 million in transportation funding beyond
Legislation introduced by Rep. Kim LaSata streamlining rules regulating Michigan’s Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs were signed into law by the governor today. Over the years, Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have been separated, combined and separated again through various executive orders. After the most recent split, each department thought the waterway cleanup programs fell within the other’s pu
State Reps. Klint Kesto and Kim LaSata today submitted a letter requesting additional information from Michigan State University pertaining to complaints filed against former physician and convicted sex offender Larry Nassar. Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee; and LaSata, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education; were tasked by House Speaker Tom Leonard to lead the state House’s inquiry into the Nassar scandal. In response to a lett
State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced plans to meet with residents of southwest Michigan during her scheduled office hours. Office hours take place on Saturday, March 10 at Mill Creek Charlie’s, 3801 M-140 in Watervliet from noon to 1 p.m. “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 state a better place to live, work, and raise a
State Rep. Kim LaSata (R-Bainbridge Township) today cosponsored a bill to exempt hospice care providers from complying with bills introduced last year requiring health care providers to query the Michigan automated prescription system (MAPS), which was created to track controlled substances, and obtain a report from MAPS before prescribing or dispensing a controlled substance. Last year’s bills were intended to combat the state’s opioid epidemic and eliminate doctor shopping,
Legislation approved to add $175 million for 2018 projects State Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, voted today for increased funding to local, county, and state road repair and construction projects for 2018. The House allocated $175 million in currently available funds across Michigan, including $1.15 million in Berrien County. This breaks down to: Benton Harbor receiving $79,805, Bridgman receiving $18,604, Coloma receiving $12,879, Saint Joseph receiving $59,446, St
Today, Representative Kim LaSata (R-Bainbridge Twp) officially announced the Co-Chairs for her state Senate Campaign. - Sheriff Paul Bailey of Berrien County
- Dr. David Mathews of Cass County
- Senator Cameron Brown of Saint Joseph County "Having the support of these amazing community leaders is a tremendous early boost to my campaign." LaSata said, "They will be an invaluable asset as I embark on this journey to serve Southwest Michigan as its next state Senator.” Sheriff
State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during her scheduled office hours. Office hours take place on Friday, Feb. 23 at Broad Street Café, 614 Broad St. in St. Joseph, from 10 to 11 a.m. “I look forward to talking with residents of Southwest Michigan about their state government,” LaSata said. “Hosting office hours throughout the community helps me better represent my neighbors, and inform them about what is happening in Lans
The Michigan House of Representatives today received documents and communications totaling more than 1,300 pages from Michigan State University.
The information was in response to the official request made in a Jan. 25 letter from state Reps. Klint Kesto and Kim LaSata, who are leading the House’s inquiry into complaints filed to MSU in 2014-17 against convicted sex offender Larry Nassar.
“The information we received today is another strong step toward the kind of account
Republican State Representative Kim LaSata announced her candidacy to represent the families of Southwest Michigan as their State Senator from the 21st District. “I was raised to serve when called, and after a great deal of encouragement from family, friends, and community leaders, I have decided to step up and answer the call. Today, I announce my candidacy for the State Senate in the 21st District. I love this community and am proud to have the opportunity toserve Southwest
The Michigan House of Representatives today did not receive information from Michigan State University in response to the official request made on January 25, 2018. The university had been given a deadline of February 9, 2018 to turn over the information.
Michigan State University instead requested a short extension to collect and provide all requested information. State Reps. Klint Kesto and Kim LaSata have granted that extension in order to receive full disclosure. Michig
A three-bill package has been introduced to better protect victims of criminal sexual conduct-based offenses in response to the recent Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University. State Reps. Klint Kesto, Kim LaSata and Brandt Iden are sponsors of the legislation.
“After the disgusting circumstances of the Nassar case, there’s a clear need to make sure all Michigan students have a safe educational environment,” said state Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Ju
State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced plans to meet with residents of Berrien County during her scheduled office hours. “Hosting office hours helps me stay focused on the issues that matter most to the people of our community,” LaSata said. “Talking to my neighbors, listening to their concerns, and answering any questions they may have about state government continues to be one of the most important parts of my job.” February office hours take place on Monday, Feb. 12 at Olym