Rep Marino bill holds township board members and officers accountable for basic

first_img Legislation inspired by situation involving Macomb Township Trustee Dino BucciA plan from state Rep. Steve Marino demanding the attendance of board members and officers at township meetings was advanced today in a vote by the House Local Government Committee.House Bill 5950 was introduced by Marino, of Harrison Township, in the wake of Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci’s indictment by a federal grand jury in November 2017 on 18 counts of conspiracy, bribery, embezzlement, extortion, mail fraud and money laundering. The charges are in connection with public contracts in Macomb Township, part of an area Marino represents in the Michigan House.Bucci, who worked for the Macomb County Department of Public Works until 2017, has refused to resign from his position and has not attended a Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting since the indictment.“He is no longer fit to serve the people of Macomb Township. He’s not attending meetings by choice and the board has no way to hold him accountable. That’s what this bill addresses,” said Marino. “We need to ensure taxpayers are not on the hook for his recent refusal to carry out the job he was elected to do and the lack of respect he has shown for the expectations that come with his position.”Despite not attending meetings for five months, a taxpayer-funded package consisting of a salary, pension and health benefit plan is still available to Bucci. The proposal would give township governing boards the voting power to compel a member to attend meetings and conduct themselves in an orderly fashion. If the individual in question still refuses to attend after a vote requires them to do so, they could be cited with misconduct in office and removed by the governor.City councils, school boards, county commissions and charter township boards currently have measures in place addressing attendance and orderly activity in some form. The plan looks to close the loophole for general law townships such as Macomb.HB 5950 moves to the full House for consideration. Categories: Marino News,News 23May Rep. Marino bill holds township board members and officers accountable for basic elected dutieslast_img read more