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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BILLS INTRODUCED

House BILL 264
INTRODUCED BY G. Andres Romero
This is a companion Bill to SB 156. Referred to the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee and the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. A hearing is scheduled for February 6.

“AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE CULTURAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT TO

SUPPORT SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE NATIONAL HISTORY DAY PROGRAM.
SECTION 1. APPROPRIATION.–One hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) is appropriated from the general fund to the library services program of the cultural affairs department for expenditure in fiscal year 2019 to enable and support schools participating in the national history day program.

COMMITTEE ACTIONS

HB 207 LIBRARY BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE FUND 
by Candie G. Sweetser, James E. Smith & Stephanie Garcia Richard 
House Business & Industry Committee heard this bill on Monday and gave it a “do-pass” recommendation on a vote of  9-0.  Representatives Sweetser and Smith presented the bill, and Teresa Ortiz, Chair of the E-Rate and Broadband Task Force of Libraries Transform New Mexico represented the library community. Acting Co-State Librarian Joy Poole answered questions about the implementation of the bill, as did Department of Information Technology Secretary Darryl Ackley. NMLA Legislative Advocate Larry Horan and Joe Sabatini gave statements in support of the bill.

The bill now goes to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.

HB 61 SUPREME COURT LAW LIBRARY CHANGES 
by Jimmie C. Hall & Daymon Ely 
The House State Government, Indian & Veterans Affairs Committee heard this bill on Tuesday and gave it a “do-pass” recommendation on a vote of 6-0. The bill now goes to the House Judiciary Committee.

SB 156  SUPPORT SCHOOLS FOR NATIONAL HISTORY DAY by Howie Morales
The Senate Indian and Cultural Affairs Committee heard this bill on Tuesday and gave it a “do-pass” recommendation on a vote of 4-0. The bill now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.

COMMITTEE HEARINGS

HB 117 LIBRARIAN & HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUNDS by Deborah Armstrong will be heard in the House State Government, Indian & Veterans Affairs Committee – Georgene Louis, Chair – on Thursday, February 1, 2018 – 8:30 a.m. – Room 309. HB 117 is the 2nd of 5 bills scheduled to be heard.

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