New laws sponsored by two Macomb County representatives will help Michigan communities seeking to secure state funds to deal with disasters.
Bills sponsored by state Reps. Steve Marino and Diana Farrington were recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. The new laws increase the minimum balance of the state disaster fund to $2.5 million – up from $1 million. The maximum allowable grants to local governments are also increased, based on population.
“We can’t afford delays in assistance when a catastrophe like the Fraser sinkhole develops,” said Marino, of Harrison Township. “By increasing the amount of money readily available in this fund, communities should receive the money they need when they need it.”
Farrington, of Utica, sponsored the new tier system that bases the maximum allowable amount of aid on a community’s population.
“The previous limits on assistance were simply insufficient, particularly for larger communities facing greater expenses in the immediate aftermath of a disaster,” Farrington said. “Our new laws provide more flexibility so sufficient assistance can be delivered without needless delays.”
House Bills 4609 and 4610 are now Public Acts 263 and 264 of 2018.