Category: Legislative Update

NMLA Legislative Legislative Bulletin #4

| January 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

N.M.L.A. LIBRARY LEGISLATIVE DAY IS FRIDAY, JANUARY 26th

The 2018 Legislative session starts on Tuesday, January 16th. This 30-day session will end at noon on February 15th. January 31st 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 Elizabeth Thomson.

Senate and  House member offices are shown at
https://www.nmlegis.gov/Members/Find_My_Legislator   Click on “Office and Phone List”

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NMLA Legislative Bulletin #3, 2018

| January 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

N.M.L.A. LEGISLATIVE DAY IS FRIDAY, JANUARY 26th

There are several legislative priorities that the NMLA Legislation Committee is working on.

We are giving our highest priority to the placement of a General Obligation Bond Issue for libraries on the November 2018 statewide election ballot. The G.O. Bond bill will originate in the Senate and likely be introduced by Senator Carlos Cisneros of Taos County.  Once again, as in the last eight elections, this funding makes a difference to all New Mexico libraries, large and small. 

The Legislative Finance Committe has recommended $9.5 million for the Library G.O. Bond, a reduction of $500,000 from the 2016 amount. There would be $3 million each for public, academic and public school libraries, and $500,000 for tribal libraries. Details from their budget recommendation are posted below. Librarians and library supporters should contact their local legislators about the need for a higher level of bond funding. This is particularly important in the context of the Libraries Transform initiatives on funding and broadband.

The executive budget request was issued on Friday, and there is a non-recurring appropriation for e-rate support from the State Library. 

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