|Senator Dodd Introduces Measure to Support Libraries|
January 31, 2017
TO: CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS
RE: News From the Capitol
SENATOR BILL DODD INTRODUCES SCA 3:
Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) has introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment 3, which seeks to lower the vote threshold for the passage of local library construction bond projects from the current 2/3rds local vote requirement to 55%. In a press release issued by Senator Dodd, he stated, “Our public libraries provide critical services to our state, educating future generations, promoting lifelong learning and providing cultural enrichment. That’s why we need to empower local communities to better maintain and expand the accessibility and capacity at their public libraries.” Two Senators have also agreed to co-author the measure: Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) and Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont).
In the press release issued by Senator Dodd, CLA President Helen McAlary stated that it is important to “give local voters the tools to decide if they want to support these special and vital community centers.” CLA will serve as the official sponsor of SCA 3.
In late October, Senator Dodd’s Legislative Director indicated that the Senator was contemplating authoring this important legislation on behalf of California’s public libraries. Earlier this month, CLA formed a small “task force,” consisting of representatives from Senator Dodd’s district and your lobbyists, to assist Mr. Dodd’s staff in preparing the legislation and the supporting materials required for bill introduction. Starting in the Senate, the bill will likely be referred to two policy committees which will have jurisdiction over the subject matter – the Senate Governance and Finance Committee and the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. Please look for information in the coming weeks from us regarding how to contact the members of these two committees, to register your support of SCA 3.
Many of you have told us over the years that while a statewide General Obligation construction bond for public libraries would be very helpful to your communities, the ability to secure a lower vote threshold for local library bond construction would be even more productive. As such, today’s action by Senator Dodd is exciting news and CLA thanks him for his leadership and support of libraries in authoring SCA 3.
Attached is a copy of SCA 3 for your information.