Rep Hornberger ensures state library funding will benefit Michigan residents

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first_img15Mar Rep. Hornberger ensures state library funding will benefit Michigan residents Bill offers new provision to Interstate Library Compact entryThe Michigan House on Wednesday overwhelmingly advanced a bill sponsored by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger providing clarity to a previous law that entered Michigan into the Interstate Library Compact.With the signing of Public Act 173 of 2017, Michigan became the first state to join since 1976. The compact includes over 30 states nationwide, allowing out-of-state residents access to Michigan libraries in Indiana and Ohio, and vice versa. The agreement helps libraries provide more uniform services within their unique regions and is beneficial to residents in border communities who live closer to a library in another state than one within their own. While continuing to serve patrons from both Michigan and elsewhere in border areas, Hornberger wants to make sure only Michigan residents will be taken into account when library funding is requested and provided.“The way the language was written in the law states that libraries will receive funding on a per resident served basis,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township. “This could prove to be a problematic interpretation when Indiana and Ohio residents are being served by Michigan libraries using state funding. This is a common sense agreement with other states, but it’s also common sense to demand state taxpayer funds benefit the people of Michigan and my bill offers that needed specificity.”House Bill 5618 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Categories: Hornberger News,Newslast_img

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