Category: Legislative Update

NMLA Library Legislative Bulletin 2/15/18

| February 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Legislature has adjourned, and it has been a successful session for libraries. Passed bills nowgo to the Governor, who has 20 days (March 7) to sign or veto legislation. The Governor can also line-item-veto individual projects in spending bills.

BILLS PASSED

This morning the House concurred with the Senate amendments to HB 207  LIBRARY BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE FUND  Sweetser/Smith. HB 207 was passed last night by a unanimous 40-0  vote in the Senate. This is the bill produced by the Libraries Transform New Mexico E-Rate Task Force.

The text of the amended bill is at
https://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/18%20Regular/bills/house/HB0207FC1.pdf

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NMLA Library Legislative Bulletin 2/9/18

| February 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

HOUSE FLOOR CALENDAR FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Two library bills which have received do-pass committee recommendations are on the “Third Reading” calendar.

House of Representatives Floor Calendar

(10)  HB 61  SUPREME COURT LAW LIBRARY CHANGES  Hall / Ely 

(21)  HB 207  LIBRARY BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE FUND  Sweetser / Smith 

If they pass the full House, they will go to the Senate.

COMMITTEE ACTIONS

The House Appropriations & Finance Committee heard HB 61  SUPREME COURT LAW LIBRARY CHANGES by Hall / Ely . The Committee gave the bill a unanimous do-pass recommendation on a vote of 14-0.

The SENATE INDIAN AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE heard HB 117 LIBRARIAN & HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUNDS (ARMSTRONG, D), and gave it a do-pass recommendation on a 5-0 vote and sent it to the Senate Rules Committee.

COMMITTEE HEARINGS

PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE – Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, Chairman
Friday, February 9, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. or 1/2 hr. after session – Room 326

HB 117 LIBRARIAN & HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUNDS (ARMSTRONG, D) 4th of 7 on agenda

FINANCE COMMITTEE – Senator John Arthur Smith, Chairman
Friday, February 9, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. or 1/2 hr. after session – Room 322

*SB 94 GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PROJECTS (CISNEROS)  3rd of 8 on agenda
This bill has the 2018 $9.5 million Library General Obligation Bond Issue.

 

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NMLA Library Legislative Bulletin 2/8/17

| February 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

COMMITTEE ACTIONS

The House Appropriations & Finance Committee heard HB 207  LIBRARY BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE FUND by Candie G. Sweetser, James E. Smith & Stephanie Garcia Richard. The Committee amended the bill to remove the appropriation and modified the language, then approved the amended bill on a unanimous vote. HB 207 will likely be considered by the House on Friday.    Larry Horan assisted the sponsors in presenting the bill, and Lynette Schurdevin, Cynthia Shetter and Carol Hoover spoke in favor of the bill.

COMMITTEE HEARINGS

House Appropriations & Finance Committee – PATRICIA A. LUNDSTROM, CHAIR 
Thursday, February 8, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. – Room 307

SUPREME COURT LAW LIBRARY CHANGES  (HALL/ELY)  4th of 4 on agenda

SENATE INDIAN AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE – Senator John Pinto, Chairman
Thursday, February 8, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. – Room 303

HB 117 LIBRARIAN & HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUNDS (ARMSTRONG, D)  5th of 5 on agenda

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NMLA Library Legislative Bulletin 2/7/18

| February 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

HOUSE  ACTIONS

HB 117 LIBRARIAN & HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUNDS by Deborah Armstrong passed the full

House on February 6 on a vote of 66-0. HB 117 adds language to the State Library and Historic Preservation Division statutes “to solicit and receive funds or property, including federal funds and public and private grants, for programs and activities….”  The bill now goes to the Senate.

COMMITTEE HEARINGS

House Appropriations & Finance Committee – PATRICIA A. LUNDSTROM, CHAIR 
Wednesday, February 07, 2018  –  1:30 p.m.  –  Room 307

HB 207  LIBRARY BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE FUND   Sweetser   (4th of 5 on agenda)

“House Bill 207 proposes to create the non-reverting Library Broadband Infrastructure Fund to be managed by the Department of Information Technology and used to match grant money, support grant application preparation and compliance and for mapping and support materials for broadband at public, tribal and school libraries.”  LCS Fiscal Impact Report
https://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/18%20Regular/firs/HB0207.PDF

This is the Libraries Transform New Mexico E-Rate Task Force bill.  Library supporters could help by attending this hearing.

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NMLA Library Legislative Bulletin 2/4/18

| February 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

COMMITTEE ACTIONS

HB 117 LIBRARIAN & HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUNDS by Deborah Armstrong received a do-pass recommendation on an 8-0 vote in the House State Government, Indian & Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday, February 1, 2018.  It is now awaiting action by the full House. It is on the Temporary Calendar on Monday, February 5

COMMITTEE HEARINGS

HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE – – GAIL CHASEY, CHAIR
Monday, February 5, 2018 – 1:30 p.m. – Room 309
HB 61 SUPREME COURT LAW LIBRARY CHANGES 
by Jimmie C. Hall & Daymon Ely  ( 6th of 7 on agenda)

HOUSE LOCAL GOVERNMENT, ELECTIONS, LAND GRANTS & CULTURAL AFFAIRS

COMMITTEE – MIGUEL P. GARCIA, CHAIR
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – 1:30 – Room 315
HB 264 SUPPORT SCHOOLS FOR NATIONAL HISTORY DAY (ROMERO) (7th of 8 on agenda)

CAPTIAL OUTLAY REQUESTS

Capital outlay requests by individual legislators were posted at mid-session on January 31st. Projects for school and public libraries were proposed by forty-six of the 112 legislators.  To see the lists of the 61 projects proposed in Bernalillo County and the 18 projects outside of Bernalillo County, please click on the links below.

2018 Capital Outlay project Requests by Bernalillo County Legislators

2018 Library Capital Outlay Projects Outside Bernalillo County

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Legislative Update 1/31/2018

| January 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

STATE LIBRARY E-RATE ASSISTANCE IN GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT

The Governor’s executive budget recommendation for fiscal year 2019, includes a $75,000 special appropriation for the Department of Cultural Affairs, to provide E-Rate service and support to public libraries statewide to get libraries increased broadband/high-speed Internet.

This special appropriation was not included in the General Appropriations Act (HB 2) approved by the House Appropriations and Finance Committee and now awaiting passage by the full House. The Senate Finance Committee is preparing to review HB 2 and Senators have until Friday to submit amendments they want included in the final bill.  Now is the time to reach out to your  state senators, and ask them to include the special appropriation for e-rate technical assistance in the State Library’s budget.

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NMLA Library Legislative Bulletin #7

| January 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Thanks to everyone who attended Library Legislative Day on Friday.

We had a large turnout of librarians and library supporters from all parts of the state, who visited with their legislators and attended the introduction ceremonies in both House and Senate.  The Thursday evening School Libraries Transform New Mexico Reception sponsored by the Advocacy for School Libraries Special Interest Group was also well-attended.

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NMLA Library Legislative Bulletin #6

| January 26, 2018 | 0 Comments
N.M.L.A. LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY IS TODAY, FRIDAY, JANUARY 26th.
 
The House floor session will begin at 10:30 am. The Senate Floor Session will begin at 11:00 am. Librarians and library supporters should be in the galleries when these sessions begin.
 
COMMITTEE HEARINGS
HB 117 LIBRARIAN & HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUNDS (ARMSTRONG D) was heard in the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants & Cultural Affairs Committee, and was given a do-pass recommendation. It now goes to the House State Government, Indian & Veterans Affairs Committee. Representatives Debbie Rodella, Daymon Ely and Chairman Miguel Garcia spoke about their support for library services and their importance in their lives.
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