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Help Stop Michigan Governor from Abolishing the Dept. of History, Arts, & Libraries
Column published: 24 August 2009
By: Shirley Gage Hodges   Biography & Archived Articles

    This article is an update to previous articles that outline the Governor of Michigan's plan to close Michigan's state library, and the grass-roots effort to reverse the decision before it is too late.

    To catch up on the news about this topic see:
    Your support is needed to help save the historical collection of the Library of Michigan. If Michigan is able to shut down its state library without public reaction, other state and provincial libraries will be next.
The members of the Michigan Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee are meeting this Wednesday morning, 26 August, at 8:30 a.m. in Lansing, Michigan. It is essential that your voices are heard before they go into that meeting.

Senator Cameron Brown has introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 18, which if passed by a 2/3 majority in the State Senate and 2/3 majority in the State House would reject Governor Granholm's Executive Order 2009-36 abolishing the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries.

This would also repudiate the proposed Michigan Center for Innovation and Reinvention proposed in this same Executive Order. We need your help, please continue to contact your State Senator, and especially your Representative. This is still an uphill battle and time is running short. The 60-day window from July 13 for the State Legislature to reject this Order is rapidly coming to a close, July 13 + 60 days = September 11.

Please stress in your communication with our Legislators the importance of keeping over 180 years of Michigan history, literature and culture together in one cohesive Library of Michigan collection. If this is permitted to be dissipated, it will never be reassembled.

Visitors come from all across the country to research at the Library of Michigan. Please STRESS the importance of passing SCR 18. Make your voice heard NOW. Send your 911 letters, emails, or visits to your State Legislators today!

In addition, Senate Bills 503-527 is a twenty-five bill package, which would transfer all responsibilities for the current Department of History, Arts, and Libraries to the Secretary of State, rather than splitting the parts among several state agencies. Click for a brief analysis of these bills.

You can make a difference!

Until next time :)

Shirley Hodges

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