Senate approves Zorn weatherization program bill

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Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved Sen. Dale Zorn’s legislation to continue funding to help low-income residents reduce their home heating costs.

“This bill would give struggling families help to improve their home heating efficiency,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “It’s a smart investment that yields tangible results in our communities. Helping low-income families make their homes more energy efficient reduces their energy costs, freeing up money 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.

Monroe County Opportunity Program Executive Director Stephanie Zorn-Kasprzak testified before the Senate Finance Committee 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.”

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.