Local library bill goes before governor

State Rep. Aaron Miller this week voted for a bill that paves the way for Michigan to join the Interstate Library Compact and allow local libraries to enter into agreements for full access to libraries across state lines.

Currently, Michigan is not a member and residents who live close to state borders have been denied the use of library facilities in neighboring states.

State law in Indiana prevents libraries from issuing library cards to non-residents whose home state is not a part of the compact. Recently, however, Indiana border libraries have put an emphasis on adhering to the law.

Senate Bill 278 was introduced by state Sen. John Proos of St. Joseph. Proos represents three southwest Michigan counties along the Indiana border. The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support before the full House and moves to the governor’s desk for review.

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