Category: Legislative Update

Library Legislative Bulletin #5

| February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
Library supporters are urged to attend the budget hearing for the Department of Cultural Affairs.

 

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

Committee 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
(Information from the New Mexico State Library)

BILLS INTRODUCED

Once again, except for SB 130, the General Appropriations Act, no legislation with substantive library content has been introduced.
SB 260 (Cervantes) is a proposal  that  “(a)ny authorization by the legislature to the state board of finance for the issuance of severance tax bonds for a specified capital project prior to the fifty-second legislature, first session (i.e, F Y 2013-14), that has not had bonds issued by January 1, 2017 shall be void on the effective date of this act.”

Once again, no local capital outlay projects have been posted on the website. The deadline for bill introductions is February 16.

Joe Sabatini, Co-Chair
Legislation Committee
New Mexico Library Association
RailRunner Information.
There is no midday train going north.  The 508 leaves Belen at 8:04 am and lays over in Albuquerque from 8:42 am. The 510 train leaves downtown Albuquerque at 9:35 am, arriving in Santa Fe at 11:16 am.
Southbound, the 515 leaves Santa Fe at 4:15 pm, arriving at downtown Albuquerque at 5:50 pm and at Belen at 6:33 pm. The express 101 train leaves at 5:04 pm  and arrives at downtown Albuquerque at 6:25 pm.  The 517 leaves Santa Fe at 5:30 pm, arriving at downtown Albuquerque at 7:02 pm and at Belen at 7:42 pm.
Parking availability in the Capitol parking structure is likely to be better than in the morning.
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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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Library Legislative Bulletin #3

| January 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

ATTEND N.M.L.A. LEGISLATIVE DAY THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 27th

Librarians will be recognized during opening ceremonies in each chamber. Delegations
representing types of libraries and geographical areas will be introduced in the Senate by
Senator Bill Soules and in the House by Representative Deborah Armstrong.

Library supporters should gather in the galleries for these ceremonies, which occur soon after
the session opens. We do not yet have the times for these ceremonies, but they will be posted
on information kiosks in the Capitol lobby.  The likely time will be between 10:00 and 11:00am.
Participants who arrive before then have a better chance of actually visiting with their
legislators in their offices or as they attend their 8:00 am committee meetings. The public
parking lot west of the Capitol fills up early.

Legislation Committee members will be available at the NMLA table by the west entrance to
the Rotunda to provide information and distribute yellow “Support Libraries” buttons and
general information.

Bring with you any information about your library and its needs, which you can leave off at
individual legislative offices. Senate and  House member offices are shown at
https://www.nmlegis.gov/Members/Find_My_Legislator
Click on “Office and Phone List”

The NMLA Legislation Committee is giving its highest priority to the preservation of state
grants-in-aid to public and tribal libraries.  These could be reduced as part of the State’s
efforts to overcome its budget shortfall. Reductions in funding for public and higher education
could also affect library programs and services.

BILLS INTRODUCED

The General Appropriations Act was introduced as Senate Bill 130, by Senator John Arthur
Smith.This bill is substantially the same as the budget recommendation of the Legislative FinanceCommittee.

The budget recommendation for the State Library includes an appropriation of $1,245,200 for
“Other” (i.e., non-personnel and non-contract services)  state expenditures. In FY 2016-17,
state grants-in-aid to public and to tribal libraries were allocated $877,500 from the “Other”
budget line. With the state’s difficult revenue situation, the library community needs to
emphasise the importance of maintaining grants in aid at their current levels. In many
libraries grants-in-aid are the major or only support for media budgets, equipment and
continuing education. For the libraries in our smallest communities, state grants-in-aid make
the difference between being open or having no library or public internet service in those
communities.

No local capital outlay projects have been posted on the website.

COMMITTEE HEARINGS

The Department of Cultural Affairs budget is scheduled to be heard by the House
Appropriations and Finance Committee on Thursday, February 9 in Room 307 beginning at
1:30 pm. DCA is sixth on the agenda; however agendas can change at the last minute. As we
did with the Legislative Finance Committee hearing in November, a large turnout by the
library community will demonstrate our support for the State Library’s budget request.

Joe Sabatini, Co-chair Legislation Committee, New Mexico Library Association

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Library Legislative Bulletin #2

| January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

N.M.L.A. LEGISLATIVE DAY IS FRIDAY, JANUARY 27th

The 2017 Legislative session started on Tuesday, January 17th. This 60-day session will end at noon on March 18th. February 16th is the last day for new bills to be introduced.

Make your plans now to attend Legislative Day. Make contact with your local legislators. Librarians will be recognized during opening ceremonies in each chamber. Delegations representing types of libraries and geographical areas will be introduced in the Senate by Senator Bill Soules and in the House by Representative Deborah Armstrong.

Library supporters should gather in the galleries for these ceremonies, which occur soon after the session opens. We do not yet have the times for these ceremonies, but they will be posted on information kiosks in the Capitol lobby.  The likely time will be between 10:00 and 11:00 am. Participants who arrive before then have a better chance of actually visiting with their legislators in their offices or as they attend their 8:00 am committee meetings. The public parking lot west of the Capitol fills up early.

Legislation Committee members will be available at the NMLA table by the west entrance to the Rotunda to provide information and distribute yellow “Support Libraries” buttons and general information.

Bring with you any information about your library and its needs, which you can leave off at individual legislative offices. Senate and  House member offices are shown at

https://www.nmlegis.gov/Members/Find_My_Legislator   Click on “Office and Phone List”

(As of January 19th, these lists had not be updated. There are listings under the individual names in “Search by Name, District or your Address”. These listings are carried over from 2016, so newly-elected members are not shown and some members will be switching offices due to changes in committee chairmanships. )

The NMLA Legislation Committee is giving its highest priority to the preservation of state grants-in-aid to public and tribal libraries.  These could be reduced as part of the State’s efforts to overcome its budget shortfall. Reductions in funding for public and higher education could also affect library programs and services.

BILLS INTRODUCED

As yet, no bills have been introduced with substantive language about libraries. No local capital outlay projects have been posted on the website.

BILLS PASSED

There was one library capital outlay project from 2015 which will be cancelled in a bill, SB 112, which passed the Senate by a vote of 41-0. There is a companion bill in the House, HB 5, with the same language.  These bills apparently incorporate work done by the Legislative Finance Committee to identify and delete previous capital outlay projects on which timely progress was not made.

SB 112
CAPITAL OUTLAY PROJECT CHANGES
Carlos R. Cisneros
Stuart Ingle

SECTION 2. SEVERANCE TAX BONDS–VOID AUTHORIZATIONS FOR
ISSUANCE OF BONDS.
A. Notwithstanding the requirements for reversion in Laws 2015 (1st S.S.), Chapter 3, the authorization for each of the following described projects under the control of the
following agencies in Laws 2015 (1st S.S.), Chapter 3 is void to the extent that severance tax bonds have not been issued for the project:

(1) to the capital program fund, thirty-five thousand dollars ($35,000) to plan, design and construct a civil rights museum and a library for the Martin Luther King, Jr. commission in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county, as identified in Subsection 3 of Section 6 of that chapter;

Joe Sabatini, Co-Chair NMLA Legislation Committee

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Library Legislative Bulletin #1

| November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

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.

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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: lfc@nmlegis.gov. 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

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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

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Now is the time to be contacting your local legislators on local capital outlay requests.

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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.

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Joe Sabatini, Co-Chair
NMLA Legislation Committee

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