Governor signs Zorn’s weatherization program bill

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday signed Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to continue funding to help low-income residents reduce their home heating costs.

“I want to thank the governor for quickly signing this important bill to help struggling families improve their home heating efficiency,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “By making a smart investment in assisting low-income families with making their homes more efficient, we can help them reduce their energy costs and achieve savings for other household needs.”

Senate Bill 647, now Public Act 161 of 2018, extends the lapsed sunset for weatherization assistance from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) until fiscal year 2022. The LIHEAP is a federally funded program for heating, cooling and weatherization assistance.

The new law also requires the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to report to the Legislature by July 1 of each year on the operation and effectiveness of home heating and weatherization programs funded by LIHEAP.

Earlier this year, Monroe County Opportunity Program Executive Director Stephanie Zorn-Kasprzak testified in support of the legislation.

The law takes effect immediately after receiving unanimous support in the Michigan Senate and near-unanimous support in the Michigan House of Representatives.