We must restore Pure Michigan funding

By Rep. Steve Marino, Chair of the House Commerce & Tourism Committee More than 200,000 jobs across Michigan are created by Michigan’s booming tourism industry, our state’s third-largest economic contributor, and we have the Pure Michigan campaign to thank for it. Across the state, and in other states as well, you can see billboards featuring…

Rep. Marino welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

State Rep. Steve Marino of Harrison Township welcomed Father Enzo Addari (center) to the state Capitol to lead Tuesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Addari serves as chief executive officer of the Saint Louis Center in Chelsea, a nonprofit residential community opened in 1960 for boys and adult men and women with intellectual/developmental…

Rep. Marino’s resolution urges Michiganders to shop local

State Rep. Steve Marino, chair of the House Commerce and Tourism Committee, today introduced a resolution declaring October 4th through the 6th as “Buy Nearby” Weekend in Michigan. Marino said purchasing goods and services locally leads to a positive ripple effect on Michigan communities, encouraging small business growth and more job opportunities while strengthening the…

Rep. Marino supports record funding plan for students

Bipartisan plan includes $60 million more for special education State Rep. Steve Marino, of Harrison Township, today voted in support of the Legislature’s school aid budget, including the largest ever investment for Michigan students in the state’s history. The budget provides a total of $15.2 billion for K-12 schools. Under the bipartisan plan, per-pupil funding…

Rep. Marino plan requires financial transparency from elected officials

Bipartisan solution would expose potential conflicts of interest State Rep. Steve Marino today announced a bipartisan plan to increase the transparency and accountability of elected state officials in Michigan. Marino, of Harrison Township, said the plan will expose potential conflicts of interest by requiring candidates for and officeholders of the legislative, executive and judicial branches…

Rep. Marino blasts Pentagon’s move to weaken PFAS regulations

State Rep. Steve Marino, of Harrison Township, today reacted to reports that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has been lobbying for a more lenient standard for cleaning up toxic chemicals used for decades in firefighting foam used for decades at Air Force bases during drills. “This is an underhanded and dishonest attempt by federal…

Rep. Marino votes to make state government more accountable

Plan extends open record requirements to governor, Legislature State Rep. Steve Marino today voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan. Marino, of Harrison Township, said the House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal. “The public deserves access to information about the way their state officials are…

Rep. Marino votes to support lakeshore conservation and recreation

State Rep. Steve Marino voted today in favor of a plan to improve Waterfront Park in Harrison Township and to add acreage to two other Clinton Township parks. The legislation approved by the House of Representatives, with Marino’s support, includes $156,000 to remove an existing seawall at Waterfront Park along Jefferson Avenue and replace it…

Rep. Marino will chair House Commerce and Tourism Committee

State Rep. Steve Marino, of Harrison Township, has been named chair of the Michigan House of Representatives Commerce and Tourism Committee for the 2019-20 session. Marino was also appointed to serve as vice chair of the Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee as well as a member of the committees on Elections and Ethics, and…

Marino bill to allow spouses of deceased military heroes property tax exemptions

State Rep. Steve Marino today introduced a plan extending a disabled veterans property tax exemption to include un-remarried, surviving spouses of Michigan veterans who died from service-connected causes while on active duty. In 2013, the Disabled Veterans Exemption was created to give property tax exemptions for 100-percent disabled veterans who were honorably discharged from the…

Marino’s plan to modernize boater safety certification headed to governor’s desk

Rep. Steve Marino’s plan to allow boaters to present electronic proof of their safety certificate instead of the traditional paper license heads to the governor’s desk for his consideration. The Michigan Senate unanimously approved the measure Wednesday. “We have the technology available to offer Michiganders better options to present proof of their boater’s safety certificate…

Macomb delegation: Give communities more control over fireworks

The Michigan House today voted to give local municipalities more control over the sale, use and safety of consumer-grade fireworks within their borders after approving bipartisan plans sponsored by Macomb County legislators. State Reps. John Chirkun, Diana Farrington, Kevin Hertel, Pamela Hornberger, Peter Lucido, Steve Marino, William Sowerby and Jeff Yaroch combined in a joint…