By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com)
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.
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
>>>Email him at WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com