Bill Text: MI HB4119 | 2019-2020 | 100th Legislature | Chaptered

Bill Title: Libraries; policies and practices; reestablishment of free public libraries; provide for in certain circumstances. Amends sec. 13a of 1947 PA 359 (MCL 42.13a).

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-06-18 - Assigned Pa 24'19 With Immediate Effect [HB4119 Detail]

Download: Michigan-2019-HB4119-Chaptered.html

Act No. 24

Public Acts of 2019

Approved by the Governor

June 18, 2019

Filed with the Secretary of State

June 18, 2019

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 18, 2019




Introduced by Rep. Meerman


AN ACT to amend 1947 PA 359, entitled “An act to authorize the incorporation of charter townships; to provide a municipal charter therefor; to prescribe the powers and functions thereof; and to prescribe penalties and provide remedies,” by amending section 13a (MCL 42.13a), as amended by 2012 PA 191.

The People of the State of Michigan enact:

Sec. 13a. (1) The township board of a charter township may do either of the following:

(a) Establish and maintain a free public library if the charter township is in a county with a population of more than 750,000 but less than 2,000,000 and has not been located within the service area of an established free public library for the previous 3 years.

(b) Reestablish and maintain under this act a free public library established as a township library under a repealed act that served the charter township.

(2) The board shall establish or reestablish a free public library under subsection (1) by adopting an ordinance or passing a resolution as provided by law. The board shall file a copy of the ordinance or resolution with the department of education within 10 days after adoption or passage.

(3) The township board shall serve as board of directors for the library with final authority over all library matters. The township board shall appoint a library advisory committee consisting of 7 members holding staggered 3-year terms to advise the township board with regard to development, operation, and maintenance of the library. The township board may fill vacancies on the library advisory committee and may remove a member with or without cause.

(4) The township board shall establish the rules and regulations for the operation of the library, appoint a library director and authorize the hiring of qualified assistants, establish a separate and dedicated library fund, and pass any necessary ordinances governing the operations of the library.

(5) A free public library established or reestablished and operated under this section is a public library for the purposes of the state aid to public libraries act, 1977 PA 89, MCL 397.551 to 397.576.

This act is ordered to take immediate effect.

Clerk of the House of Representatives

Secretary of the Senate