Tuesday, June 6, 2017

House Passes Steve Marino's Bill Helping Local Communities With Emergency Disaster Relief

Steve Marino

By Brandon Hall
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The Michigan House has passed State Rep. Steve Marino's legislation increasing local municipalities access to money for disaster relief when they need it the most.

Marino's bill increases the amount of money available to local governments via a special fund they can utilize when they are hit with an unexpected crisis and need help.

The previous minimum for the total amount available in the fund was $1,000,000-it's now $2.5 million.

The bill passed 102-5...You can read it HERE.

It now heads to the Senate, where if passed, will head to Gov. Snyder's desk to be signed into law. Snyder is said to be in favor of the change.

The bill is Marino's first piece of legislation to pass as a rookie legislator.

"Excited to have my first bill pass the Michigan House of Representatives," Marino said in a Facebook statement. "A special thanks goes out to my colleague, State Representative Diana Farrington, for her hard work on this issue and passing a related bill to ensure more adequate funding for disasters in our local communities."

Marino, a former Macomb County Commissioner, prevailed last year despite a sickening dirty trick spin campaign from Brandon Dillon and Michigan Dems, as well as their allies, such as Progress Michigan.

Congrats. Steve!

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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  1. The Fraser sinkhole which was caused due the the ineptitude of former Macomb Co. Public Works Comm. Anthothy Morrocco - democrat (because he skipped things like inspections and regular maintenance), is in the $100-M + range.

    And that is just one of the many sinkholes and sewer line failures occurring all across Michigan.

    This bill sets a bad precedent that Lansing will come to the aid of every community that doesn't do the job that they were paid to do of maintaining their infrastructure.

    I also don't need my Magic 8-Ball to tell me that fund will be very quickly exhausted in no time flat once other local governments get wind of its existence.

  2. Marino's a gutless little twerp, who doesn't have the courage to stand behind his words. You (rightly) take Arlan Meekhof to task, but defend this morally bankrupt weasel? Pathetic...

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