Library Legislative Bulletin #4

| February 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Friday, February 3rd is American Indian Day at the Legislature.  NMLA’s Native American Libraries Special Interest Group will have a display in the rotunda.

LEGISLATIVE DAY

Even with the difficult budget circumstances which prevented many from attending, there was a good turnout of librarians and library supporters from around the state. who visited their legislators and watched the introductions from the gallery.  Thanks to Cynthia Shetter for preparing a summary of concerns about the state grants-in-aid programs, and to Alana McGrattan for providing handouts about the Brainfuse program. Thanks to NMCAL for providing a standing banner and “Support Library” buttons.  Special thanks to David Giltrow, who brought, set up and staffed the NMLA rotunda table.

Representative Deborah Armstrong read a statement and then introduced the library delegation in the House; Marian Royal Vigil, Albuquerque Public Schools, Vice President of the New Mexico Library Association; Carrie Castro, Ohkay Owingeh Library; Don Padilla, Socorro Public Library; Jackie Dean, Mesa Middle School, Las Cruces and Christopher Schipper, San Juan College Library.

In the Senate, Senator William Soules  introduced the libray delegation; Lynette Schurdevin – Rio Rancho Public Library and President of the New Mexico Library Association; Kyla Johnson, Farmington High School Library; Teresa Naranjo, Santa Clara Pueblo Library; Richard Clement, Dean of the University of New Mexico Libraries and Eileen Sullivan, Silver City Public Library.

After his eloquent reading of our introductory statement, Senator Soules invited his colleagues to share their thoughts. Senators Ingle noted using libraries to research the state’s capital outlay program for a book being written by Senator Campos. Senator Martinez noted the assistance he had provided to rural community libraries in Rio Arriba County. Senator Morales expressed concern about the impact of state and municipal budget reductions on local libraries. Senator Rue acknowledged that he had been educated about the continuing importance of libraries in the age of technology by two members of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library Advisory Board.  He described the beneficial impact of small capital outlay appropriations.

COMMITTEE HEARINGS

(Information from the New Mexico State Library)

House Appropriations and Finance Committee

Budget Hearing for the Department of Cultural Affairs

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Room 307, State Capitol, Santa Fe

Stand up for culture.  This hearing is an opportunity to demonstrate your support  for cultural activities in the state of New Mexico. Please join us as we recognize the impact of and advocate on behalf of:

  • Libraries
  • Arts
  • Preservation
  • Museums
  • Historic Sites
  • Archaeology

The Committee meeting starts at 1:30 pm. The Department of Cultural Affairs is 6th of 8 on the agenda.  The Committee tries to complete its work by 4:00 to return to the Floor. Suggested arrival time: 2:45 pm

BILLS INTRODUCED

Except for SB 130, the General Appropriations Act, no legislation with substantive library content has been introduced.

No local capital outlay projects have been posted on the website. There are bills under consideration to revamp the capital outlay process

Joe Sabatini, Co-Chair NMLA Legislation Committee

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