01Nov Rep. Sheppard highlights ease and necessity of common-sense library initiative Categories: News,Sheppard News State Rep. Jason Sheppard today voted in favor of a bill that allows Michigan to join the Interstate Library Compact.The measure will permit Michigan’s public 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, including those who live in the 56th District, have been denied the use of library facilities in neighboring states such as Ohio.“This legislation will create many opportunities for our state’s libraries, including those in my district,” said Sheppard, of Temperance. “The compact will enhance our state-of-the-art library systems by providing more resources without cost to residents.”The Interstate Library Compact creates standards and procedures for providing library services across state lines. This allows border communities to develop library plans that create better services to the individuals in the region regardless of their residence. Ohio is currently a member of the compact.“Libraries are vital to residents of all ages, whether for educational or recreational purposes,” said Sheppard. I’m proud of the library systems in my district and will continue to support ways to help them remain valuable assets in our communities.”Senate Bill 278 heads to the governor’s desk.