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Library Legislative Bulletin #8

| March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we head into the final days of the session, we are still awaiting final action on the General Appropriations Act (HAFC Sub. for HB 2& HB 3/a). The bill number reflects the various amendments between the two chambers.  The amended version passed the House Appropriations and Finance Committee on a 10-6 vote and is now on the House Agenda Concurrence Calendar.

The main capital outlay bill, SB 101, Severance Tax Bond Projects, is still awaiting action by the Senate Finance Committee.  This bill was heard in Senate Finance on Tuesday afternoon, but has not yet come out of committee.

Check the Capital Outlay page to see the updated version once it clears committee:  https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/BillFinder/Capital_Outlay
Governor’s Veto Message on SB 200 Says School Librarians Are Not Teachers.

We now have the Governor’s veto message on SB 200, a bill relating to eligibility for salary increments for staff certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The phrase “licensed school employees” is substituted for the word “teachers”. 

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Library Legislative Bulletin #7

| March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we head into the final week of the session, we are awaiting final action on the the General Appropriations Act (HAFC Sub. for HB 2& HB 3/a). The bill number reflects the various amendments between the two chambers. The appropriation amount for the New Mexico State Library has remained the same through this process, so the state grants-in-aid programs will likely continue at their current levels. Once the bill passes, the Governor could veto the whole bill, which might necessitate a special session.

The main capital outlay bill, SB 101, Severance Tax Bond Projects, is still awaiting action by the Senate Finance Committee. This bill will be heard in Senate Finance Monday afternoon, and is likely be fast-tracked once it comes out of committee. The version of SB 101 posted currently on the Legislature’s website is a “dummy” bill showing only a few projects. We do not know how many of the twenty one library projects proposed by 37 individual legislators will be included in the final bill. Check the Capital Outlay page to see the updated version once it clears committee: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/BillFinder/Capital_Outlay

There are two legislative items which pertain to public school libraries. > Read more…

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Library Legislative Bulletin #6

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Thanks to the librarians who attended the Department of Cultural Affairs budget hearing on February 9th. Cynthia Shetter gave a short presentation about the importance of libraries and the need for continued state grants-in-aid funding.

The deadline for bill introductions was February 16. No new bills were introduced having substantive library content.  In HB 499, by Larry A. LarraƱaga and Jason C. Harper, some severance tax bond funded projects dating from 2013 and 2014 were reauthorized. This included a capital outlay project for $70,000 for renovations and improvements at the Ernie Pyle Library in Albuquerque.

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