Zorn sponsors low-income heating extension bill

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn has introduced legislation to continue assisting low-income residents to reduce their home heating costs.

“This bill will continue an effective program designed to help struggling families reduce their energy costs by improving their homes’ heating efficiency,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “By making this smart investment, we can help low-income families save money for important household needs and improve the overall efficiency of our power supply — which can benefit all consumers.”

Senate Bill 727 would extend weatherization assistance from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for 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 also would 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 has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.