Committee approves Rep. Marino bill to reform disaster funds

The House Appropriations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) that reforms the way state disaster funding is distributed to Michigan communities. Marino said his bill, along with a companion bill introduced by State Rep. Diana Farrington (R- Utica), will strengthen the process of receiving emergency funds during a catastrophe….

Reps. Marino, Farrington seek emergency disaster fund reforms

Bills ensure adequate funding, set up tier system for grants   Two Macomb County state representatives have introduced legislation to reform the state contingency fund designed to aid communities dealing with disasters. State Reps. Steve Marino and Diana Farrington introduced the measures, which are designed to continuously maintain a greater amount of emergency funds that…

Rep. Marino introduces campaign finance bills to increase accountability

Legislation eliminates cash contributions, petty cash funds State Rep. Steve Marino, of Harrison Township, today introduced legislation to remove cash transactions from political campaigns, a reform that will ensure a written record is available for all transactions. Current law allows campaign committees to accept contributions made in cash up to $20 and make cash payments…

Marino supports legislation to limit former legislators who become lobbyists

State Rep. Steve Marino, R-Harrison Township, co-sponsored legislation introduced this week to prevent legislators from immediately becoming lobbyists when they leave office. Marino said the bills institute a “cooling-off” period of two years before former legislators can become registered lobbyists. In addition, legislators who serve as committee chairs will have to wait three years before…

Rep. Marino introduces legislation to make common sense ethics reforms

LANSING – State Representative Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) introduced a three-bill package to enact common sense ethics reforms and ensure proper governance. “The changes I’ve proposed will lead to increased transparency and ensure that bureaucrats are held accountable to the people,” Marino said. “Public service is a privilege, but not the privilege to use a…

Rep. Marino votes for bill cracking down on corruption

Public employees convicted of fraud lose public retirement benefits under plan State Rep. Steve Marino of Harrison Township today praised his colleagues in the Michigan House of Representatives for unanimously approving legislation to increase penalties for public employees convicted of felony embezzlement and fraud. “Retirement benefits are offered to school and government employees who commit…

Rep. Marino supports educational options for high school students

State Rep. Steve Marino, of Harrison Township, today voted in support of merit curriculum legislation that will give high school students more flexibility in their education choices and help better connect with 21st century jobs. “We have the opportunity to help our children be better prepared for life after graduation, because we know right now…

Michigan House approves urgent funding for Macomb County sinkhole

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a funding bill urgently needed to address health and safety issues related to the Macomb County sinkhole emergency. The bill approved with bipartisan support includes $3 million from the state to help protect people, property and the environment from potential sewage overflows as crews continue to address the sinkhole…

Rep. Marino details top priorities in Republican Action Plan

State Rep. Steve Marino today said efforts helping military members and veterans, law enforcement and the state’s infrastructure are among his top priorities during this session of the Michigan Legislature. Marino, of Harrison Township, joined colleagues announcing the 2017-18 House Republican Action Plan. The wide-ranging plan lists top priorities over the next two years to…

Marino joins bipartisan effort to make state government more accountable

State Rep. Steve Marino of Harrison Township today joined a bipartisan effort to make Michigan’s state government more accountable to the people it serves. Marino joined colleagues in announcing a proposal to make Michigan’s Legislature subject to more public records disclosure through the Legislative Open Records Act. The 11-bill package also calls for a similar…

Marino appointed to Michigan House budget committee

State Rep. Steve Marino was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee – which designates how the state’s budget is allocated among the various state departments – today by Speaker Tom Leonard. Marino, of Harrison Township, will help craft budgets related to Military and Veterans Affairs, Michigan State Police and other areas during the 2017-18 session…