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…

Rep. Marino encourages residents to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend

State Rep. Steve Marino, of Harrison Township, encourages everyone to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend on June 10 and 11. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites residents and out-of-state visitors to fish without a license during the weekend, giving parents and grandparents an opportunity to introduce youngsters to a new and fun summer activity….

Over 100 residents attend “Community Shred Day” hosted by Rep. Marino and local library

Legislator thanks residents and the library for successful event Rep. Steve Marino and the Harrison Township Public Library recently hosted their annual “Spring Community Shred Day”. The event provides residents with secure shredding and disposal of sensitive documents to prevent identity theft. Both Marino, of Harrison Township, and the library thank the numerous residents who…

Rep. Marino applauds changes in state budget agreements

State Rep. Steve Marino today said he strongly supports changes made in joint House-Senate conference committee for budgets that provide state funding for the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Marino, of Harrison Township, serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee. He is vice chair of the…

House advances bills to reform disaster funding

The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Reps. Steve Marino and Diana Farrington to reform the formula used to distribute state disaster funding to Michigan communities. The bills will help local governments more quickly obtain sufficient emergency funds to deal with disasters. “As demonstrated by the Macomb County sewer failure and the resulting…

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…