Senate panel OKs Zorn’s weatherization program bill

LANSING, Mich. — Monroe County Opportunity Program Executive Director Stephanie Zorn-Kasprzak joined Sen. Dale Zorn on Tuesday in support of Zorn’s legislation to continue funding to help low-income residents reduce their heating costs.

“Michigan winters can be harsh, and this legislation would enable the state to use federal funding to help struggling families improve the energy efficiency of their homes,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “By helping low-income families boost their home heating efficiency, we can also help them reduce their energy costs.”

Senate Bill 647 would extend 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.

“LIHEAP provides a meaningful way to help low-income Michigan families become more self-sufficient,” Zorn-Kasprzak said. “We are happy to have this opportunity to support SB 647 and the Weatherization Assistance Program.”

The bill would also require 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.

After hearing from Zorn and Zorn-Kasprzak, the Senate Finance Committee approved the bill, which now heads to the full Senate for consideration.


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