Zorn bill sent to the governor would allow 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 is on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed.

The law allowing local governments, including school districts, to form new district libraries currently prohibits districts from doing so after Jan. 1, 2015. Zorn’s measure, Senate Bill 108, would remove that provision.

“Education is paramount to the future of our state, and local libraries provide more options for students and residents to enjoy reading a book and seek the knowledge they need to succeed,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “There are a number of communities that would like to engage in this process. Working with local leaders and Representative Sheppard on getting this bill to the governor will empower our schools to increase access for residents to a district library.”

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.

Milan Mayor Michael Armitage previously voiced his support for Zorn’s bill.

SB 108 was approved unanimously by the Senate and 109-1 by the Michigan House of Representatives. It now heads to the governor to be signed.