Zorn participates in ‘Keep Michigan Warm’ walk at Capitol

LANSING—Sen. Dale Zorn on Wednesday participated in the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm’s second annual “mini-walk” as part of the coalition’s Day at the Capitol.

“I was proud to co-chair this important event that continues to keep low income heating needs at the forefront of Michigan priorities,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Because of the coalition’s efforts, we have come to recognize the heating needs of Michigan, where over 440,000 low income families are in need of heating assistance.”

Since 1987, the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm has worked to improve the availability of financial and human resources to meet the energy assistance needs of Michigan’s low-income households. The members perform this mission through the exchange of information, developing new ideas, public education, and advocacy.

“For decades, we have addressed the issue of low-income heating, without treating the core problem – weatherization,” Zorn said. “Beginning this year that will change. I was able to pass legislation last year that will get critical weatherizing funding to community organizations earlier. This new law ensures that we are utilizing weatherization funding from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to the best of its ability.”

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Zorn bill removes sunset on schools forming district libraries

Zorn200x300LANSING—Sen. Dale W. Zorn has introduced a bill that would remove the sunset on a school district establishing a district library.

The law allowing local governments, including school districts, to form new district libraries currently prohibits districts from doing so after Jan. 1, 2015. Zorn introduced Senate Bill 108 to remove that provision.

“This is an important issue in my district,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “We have a number of communities that would like to engage in this process and feel that this sunset has tied their hands. I believe education is paramount to the economic future of this state, and the formation of district libraries provides another tool to help students and our communities seek the knowledge they need to succeed.”

The issue is a particular concern for the city of Milan, a portion of which is in Zorn’s Senate district. The city straddles the line between Washtenaw and Monroe counties. Monroe County state Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, has expressed his support from the House of Representatives to see Zorn’s bill become law.

Milan Mayor Michael Armitage also voiced his support.

“Removing the sunset for a school district joining in the formation of a district library will help ensure that all residents in the Milan area have access to the local library,” Armitage said. “Allowing school districts to participate in these intergovernmental relationships makes sense, especially since library access is so closely connected to education.”

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**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Zorn congratulates Kapnick Insurance on United Way Spirit of Michigan Award

LANSING—Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, congratulated Jim Kapnick of Kapnick Insurance Group at the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Kapnick Insurance was recognized with a Spirit of Michigan Award by the Michigan Association of United Ways for its contributions to the community through their local United Way. The Adrian-based business was nominated for the honor by the United Ways of Lenawee and Washtenaw counties.

Pictured from left: Amy Palmer, Lenawee United Way CEO; Zorn; Kapnick; Scott Dzurka, president and CEO of the Michigan Association of United Ways; and Pam Smith, CEO of the United Way of Washtenaw County.

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Zorn encourages anglers to enjoy free winter fishing this weekend

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING—Sen. Dale Zorn on Tuesday reminded Michigan and Ohio residents that Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15, mark the first of two free fishing weekends in Michigan this year. The summer weekend is scheduled for June 13-14.

“Michigan offers a two weekends every year when residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy Michigan’s world-class fishing – at no charge,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Monroe County is the Walleye Capital of the World, and the free fishing weekends provide an excellent opportunity for families to introduce the joy of fishing to children.

“This weekend is also a chance for even the most experienced angler to try winter fishing for the first time.”

During the weekend, all fishing license fees will be waived, but all fishing regulations still apply.

Michigan offers some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world, with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, more than 11,000 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams.

For more information on Winter Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing.

Zorn noted the website also includes information about ice fishing. An article titled “Fishing Technique: Ice Fishing, The Coolest Sport Around” is located under “Related Resources” and features good safety advice and basics on getting started and commonly used equipment.

“I encourage all area anglers – and those who have never gone fishing – to take advantage of this free weekend and have fun doing one of our state’s premier outdoor activities,” Zorn said.

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