Macomb County lawmakers laud bill addressing local pollution

Budget measure key step in dealing with health threat   The five Republican legislators representing Macomb County residents today applauded House passage of a budget bill to address the emerging threat posed by a type of chemical contaminant identified in the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair. State Reps. Diana Farrington, Pamela Hornberger, Peter Lucido,…

Rep. Marino introduces bill helping teachers finance classroom supplies

Michigan public school teachers who buy their own classroom supplies would be eligible for an income tax credit through legislation introduced today by state Rep. Steve Marino. “From pencils and paper to iPad headphones, more and more Michigan teachers are spending money out of their own pockets to supply their classrooms every year,” Marino, of…

Rep. Marino introduces bill to combat alcohol and opioid abuse

State Rep. Steve Marino of Harrison Township today introduced legislation to help local agencies fight substance abuse in Michigan. Marino’s bill would dedicate a portion of the money raised through liquor taxes to Michigan’s local community mental health agencies. Each local board would provide grants for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs, primarily targeting alcohol…

Rep. Marino’s bill promotes sobriety courts; encourages rehabilitation

Legislation aims to eliminate unaffordable fees for reformed drivers.   State Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) today introduced legislation designed to eliminate driver responsibility fees for individuals who successfully complete a DUI/sobriety court program. Marino said his bill helps end a punitive fee schedule enacted in 2003 as a quick fix to fill a hole…

Rep. Marino welcomes local pastor for House invocation

State Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) today welcomed Rev. Michael J. Lutz to the Capitol to deliver the invocation prior to House session. Lutz is the assistant pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Macomb Township. He was invited as part of House tradition in which lawmakers bring local clergy to the Capitol to…

Rep. Marino welcomes residents and colleagues to Lake St. Clair town hall

State Rep. Steve Marino welcomes fellow legislators and invites residents to a town hall meeting concerning Lake St. Clair water quality. The event is being held on Oct. 2 at MacRay Harbor in Harrison Township. Officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be on hand to answer questions from concerned residents and…

Rep. Marino proposes tax relief on college textbooks

State Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) today introduced legislation to make college more affordable through income tax relief related to textbook costs. “Education and training beyond high school are more necessary than ever to find and keep good jobs in a continuously evolving economy,” Marino said. “If we want Michigan families prepared for the future,…

Rep. Marino’s ‘Senior Day at the DIA’ sculpts new memories of iconic museum for local seniors

Illustrates their important role in promoting local attractions State Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) recently hosted a free ‘Senior Day at the DIA’ event to conveniently connect local residents with the Detroit Institute of Arts. Last Thursday’s event was attended by nearly 40 Harrison Township seniors and featured a catered lunch, roundtrip transportation, and an…

Rep. Marino congratulates Eagle Scout Daniel Kowalke of Harrison Township

State Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) presented a tribute to Daniel Kowalke for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and his years of dedication and service with the Boy Scouts of America. Daniel’s Eagle Scout service project was the installation of dog waste disposal stations along the Harrison Township Freedom Bike Path. Pet waste disposal…

Rep. Marino announces ‘Rep for a Day’ summer reading contest

State Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) is kicking off his ‘Rep for a Day’ summer reading contest for local elementary school students. The winner will have the opportunity to serve as an honorary state representative at the Capitol for a day. Rep. Marino hopes to encourage students to utilize their summer breaks to improve reading…

Rep. Marino commemorates 100 years for Selfridge Air Base

Introduced by Rep. Steve Marino, a resolution to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Selfridge Air National Guard Base, was approved by the state House today. The base was first established on July 1, 1917 in Harrison Township and was one of the first military airfields in the nation. The base was named after the first…

Rep. Marino introduces transparency bills for bidding and state contracts

State Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) has introduced another package of bills aimed at increasing government accountability. The legislation would require the State of Michigan to be more transparent during the bidding and contracting process. “Michigan is often cited as dead last when ranking state integrity and transparency,” said Marino. “Our existing laws for state…

Rep. Marino spearheads legislation increasing filing fees for politicians

Funds to be returned to local communities State Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) today introduced legislation as part of a six-bill package to increase filing fees for candidates seeking election to various offices. Marino said the fees have not been adjusted since 1954, when they were set at $100. If the $100 fee was adjusted…