The Legislative Bulletin is a summary of library legislation during the 2017 Legislature, provided by the Legislation Committee of the New Mexico Library Association.
The 2017 Legislative session starts on Tuesday, January 17th. This will be a 60-day session, ending at noon on March 18th. February 16th is the last day for new bills to be introduced. Legislation may be pre-filed beginning December 15, 2016.
NMLA Legislative Day will be Friday, January 27. Please ask library supporters, including your local board members and friends groups to save the date and plan to be there. NMLA will have an information table in the west rotunda of the Capitol.
Library Bond B was successful, receiving a yes vote of around 65%. In Bernalillo County, the library bond issue passed with around 74% yes.
ACTION ITEM: We need librarians and library supporters to attend the budget hearing for the N.M. Department of Cultural Affairs on Friday, November 18th, presently scheduled for 11:00 am.
Legislative Finance Committee
State Capitol – Room 322 – Santa Fe, New Mexico
TENTATIVE AGENDA for Friday, November 18th
An electronic copy of your presentation must be sent prior to the meeting to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, please provide 30 hard copies for the committee.
8:00 — District Attorneys/Administrative Office of the District Attorneys (251-265) — Rick Tedrow, 11th Judicial District Attorney Division I & President of the District Attorney’s Association; Henry Valdez, Director, Administrative Office of the District Attorneys
11:00 — Department of Cultural Affairs (505) — Veronica Gonzales, Secretary, Department of Cultural Affairs
12:00 — Adjourn
Here is a list of legislators on the Legislative Finance Committee. Members have a vote on committee decisions. Designees may attend the committee sessions but do not vote. If one of your legislators is on the committee, please let them know of your particular concerns. Public and tribal librarians should provide information about the impact of state grants-in-aid in your particular library.
Legislator Title Role
John Arthur Smith Senator Chair
Jimmie C. Hall Representative Vice Chair
Paul C. Bandy Representative Member
Pete Campos Senator Member
Carlos R. Cisneros Senator Member
George Dodge, Jr. Representative Member
Jason C. Harper Representative Member
Larry A. Larrañaga Representative Member
Carroll H. Leavell Senator Member
Patricia A. Lundstrom Representative Member
Howie C. Morales Senator Member
George K. Munoz Senator Member
Steven P. Neville Senator Member
Nick L. Salazar Representative Member
Luciano “Lucky” Varela Representative Member
William F. Burt Senator Designee
Jacob R. Candelaria Senator Designee
Sharon Clahchischilliage Representative Designee
Lee S. Cotter Senator Designee
Doreen Y. Gallegos Representative Designee
Stephanie Garcia Richard Representative Designee
Ron Griggs Senator Designee
Stuart Ingle Senator Designee
Conrad James Representative Designee
Gay G. Kernan Senator Designee
Rick Little Representative Designee
Linda M. Lopez Senator Designee
Antonio Maestas Representative Designee
Sarah Maestas Barnes Representative Designee
Cisco McSorley Senator Designee
Mark Moores Senator Designee
Michael Padilla Senator Designee
Mary Kay Papen Senator Designee
William H. Payne Senator Designee
Patricia Roybal Caballero Representative Designee
Sander Rue Senator Designee
Tomás E. Salazar Representative Designee
Clemente Sanchez Senator Designee
John M. Sapien Senator Designee
Larry R. Scott Representative Designee
William E. Sharer Senator Designee
Benny Shendo, Jr. Senator Designee
James E. Smith Representative Designee
Jeff Steinborn Representative Designee
James G. Townsend Representative Designee
Christine Trujillo Representative Designee
Jim R. Trujillo Representative Designee
Peter Wirth Senator Designee
Monica Youngblood Representative Designee
John L. Zimmerman Representative Designee
Now is the time to be contacting your local legislators on local capital outlay requests.
The Statewide Library Conference came up with recommendations about funding, technology and collaboration, based on the statewide assessment supported by the New Mexico Library Foundation. These recommendations will form the basis for legislation to address the future development of library services.
Joe Sabatini, Co-Chair
NMLA Legislation Committee
Category: Legislative Update