Governor signs Zorn bill allowing schools to form district libraries

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation sponsored by Sen. Dale Zorn that would allow a school district to establish a district library was signed into law on Tuesday, the senator announced.

Zorn’s measure, Senate Bill 108, which is now Public Act 108 of 2015, removes a provision within existing law that has prohibited local governments, including school districts, from forming new district libraries since Jan. 1.

“This is a common sense bill that enables our school districts to create district libraries and, most importantly, provide more educational opportunities for Michigan’s students and residents,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I thank the local community leaders and Representative Sheppard for their help on this important issue, and Governor Snyder for signing my bill.”

Milan Mayor Michael Armitage, who previously voiced his support for Zorn’s bill, said the issue is a particular concern for the city, which straddles the line between Washtenaw and Monroe counties, and a portion of which is in Zorn’s Senate district.

SB 108 was approved unanimously by the Senate in March and by a vote of 109-1 in the Michigan House of Representatives earlier in June.