The Zorn bill would forestall local bans on the use of natural gas

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LANSING, Michigan — Senator Dale Zorn Legislation was introduced Wednesday to prevent local governments from banning the use of natural gas in Michigan homes and businesses.

“The horrifying idea of ​​banning the use of clean and affordable natural gas at the local level is the latest example of environmental extremism — one that would have a tremendous impact on Michigan families and small businesses,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This law would protect homeowners in our state by preemptively preventing these dangerous policies — passed in cities from Seattle to New York City — from coming to Michigan.”

Senate Bill 820 would prohibit a Michigan county, city, town or municipality from adopting or enforcing any ordinance, ordinance or policy prohibiting the use of natural gas or the installation of natural gas infrastructure.

“The vast majority of Michigan residents use natural gas to heat their homes,” Zorn said. “A piecemeal energy policy is not only bad for our state, it is morally reprehensible to replace the use of natural gas in homes without the electrical infrastructure to replace it, or assistance to help families in need get new appliances.” “

In December, New York City banned natural gas connections in new buildings by 2027, and New York State is considering legislation to mandate all-electric buildings by 2023. Last year Seattle also tightened its restrictions on natural gas in new commercial and multi-family buildings and now bans the use of natural gas for heating.

As of 2020, twenty states have passed similar laws to prevent local governments from banning the use of natural gas.

The bill has been submitted to the Senate Committee on Local Government for consideration.

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