State Senate Rejects Govenors Order to Close Libraries
With a vote of 21 ayes, 14 nays and 2 excused, the Michigan State Senate both rejected the Governor’s Executive Order to close History, Arts and Libraries Agency (HAL) and passed its own plan to close HAL but keep the components together within the Department of State.
This was the first hurdle in what will be a long journey if we are to see this package signed into law. The bills will now go before a committee in the House of Representatives before heading to the full House for a vote. There is certainly a sense of urgency in the matter as the House has until September 11th to join the Senate in rejecting the Governor’s Executive Order, yet the House does not meet until September 2nd.
Thank you to the hundreds who quickly sent an email to your Senator regarding this issue. It is only through your continued support that we will have a chance at getting these bills passed.