|SUPPORT LETTERS NEEDED FOR SCA 3-DODD BY MARCH 20|
March 13, 2017
TO: CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS
RE: News From the Capitol
SUPPORT LETTERS NEEDED FOR SCA 3-DODD BY MARCH 20
As recently reported, SCA 3 by Senator Bill Dodd is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on Wednesday, March 29. The bill, which is sponsored by the California Library Association, seeks to lower the local vote threshold for library construction bonds from the current two-thirds vote to 55%. This bill would bring libraries in line with the same 55% vote threshold that is currently afforded K-12 schools for local construction bonds.
As of this morning, the author’s office informs us that they are in receipt of only 8 letters of support for the measure. The last time a similar bill was heard in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee (SCA 7-Wolk – 55% vote for library bonds and special taxes), the Senators received upwards of 100 support letters each. It is essential that CLA members and library supporters demonstrate their enthusiasm for SCA 3-Dodd so that the legislature understands this is a priority issue for libraries and their communities.
We would like to thank the following entities for their support letters to date: Napa County, Altadena Libraries, Placentia Library District, Palos Verdes Library District, Yolo County, Sonoma County Library, CLA, and recently retired Senator, Lois Wolk.
Please take a moment today to send your letter of support for SCA 3-Dodd. Below are the Senators who should receive your letters no later than March 20th. This deadline will ensure that your group or community is appropriately listed in the official Senate Governance and Finance Committee analysis that is made available to the legislature and the public.
In your letters, please indicate how important public libraries are to your community, the many services you provide to patrons daily, and the critical need to have the infrastructure that will support these vital services. Please stress how essential it is to give your local community the tools and the authority to decide if they would like to levy a library bond for new construction, renovation, or expansion by a 55% vote. (For your ease of use, attached is a sample letter, developed by CLA Legislative Chair, Jennifer Addington.)
Senate Governance and Finance Committee – Hearing: March 29, 2017
The Honorable Mike McGuire, Chair (D-Healdsburg)
The Honorable Janet Nguyen, Vice Chair (R-Garden Grove)
The Honorable Jim Beall (D-San Jose)
The Honorable Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina)
The Honorable Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys)
The Honorable Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)California State Senate
The Honorable John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa)
And SCA 3 author:
The Honorable Bill Dodd (D-Napa)