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.”