Senate approves Zorn’s low-income heating extension bill

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday unanimously approved Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to continue assisting low-income residents to reduce their home heating costs.

“As we face soaring inflation, we need to do what we can to help struggling families reduce their energy costs by improving their homes’ heating efficiency,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “By continuing this effective program, we can help low-income families save money for important household needs and improve the overall efficiency of our state power supply — which can benefit all Michigan consumers.”

Senate Bill 727 would extend weatherization assistance from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) through fiscal year 2026-2027. The LIHEAP is a federally funded program for heating, cooling and weatherization assistance.

To ensure proper oversight of the program, the bill would also continue the current requirement that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services report to the Legislature by July 1 of each year on the operation and effectiveness of home heating and weatherization programs funded by LIHEAP.

SB 727 now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.