Zorn weatherization program bill sent to governor

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to continue funding to help low-income residents reduce their home heating costs is on its way to the governor.

“I look forward to seeing the governor sign this measure to help struggling families improve the heating efficiency of their homes,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “It’s a smart investment that yields tangible results in our communities. Assisting low-income families with making their homes more energy efficient can help them reduce their energy costs and achieve savings for other household needs.”

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.

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.

Earlier this year, Monroe County Opportunity Program Executive Director Stephanie Zorn-Kasprzak testified in support of the bill.

“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.”

SB 647 was enrolled by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday and now heads to the governor to be signed.