December 4, 2012
TO. CLA Members/Systems/Network Contacts
FROM: Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist
RE: News From the Capitol
LEGISLATORS SWORN IN FOR 2013-14 SESSION
Several Measures Introduced – Including SCA 7 (Wolk)
Yesterday all 120 Legislators arrived in Sacramento to convene the 2013-14 Legislative Session. Joined by their families on the Floors of both houses, the 38 newly elected “freshmen” Assemblymembers and 1 “freshman” Senator took their Oaths of Office. The legislators then voted on procedural measures pertaining to the start of the new Session including the re-election of the party leaders (no changes), the organization of both bodies, and other technical legislative matters. Upon adjournment of the briefopening Session, there were multiple receptions in the surrounding capitol area for legislators, their families, staff, and lobbyists to attend to celebrate the occasion, many lasting late into the evening. The legislators will return to their districts for the holiday season and will arrive in Sacramento on January 7th to begin their work on the new Session.
In the meantime, this week Senators and Assemblymembers have the opportunity to introduce their first pieces of legislation for the upcoming year, and 96 measures were“put across the desk” yesterday for introduction in the 2013 Session.
Among the measures introduced was SCA 7 (Wolk), a Senate Constitutional Amendment that will, if passed by the legislature and enacted by the voters, allow for a 55% vote (rather than the current 2/3 vote threshold) for local special taxes and bonds to fund critical local library operations and facilities.
As we reported Friday, Senator Wolk is a long time library supporter and Chair of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. She has committed to make libraries a priority for her and her office in the coming year by introducing this measure, right out of the gate, that is of critical importance for libraries across California. CLA will be working closely with Senator Wolk in the coming months to pursue the passage of this important library measure, and will keep the membership apprised of activities related to this and other priority legislation. More importantly, CLA members will play a key role in CLA’s active support of this bill, and will be asked to write and call their legislators when SCA 7 begins its legislative journey in the Spring.
*Click here to view SCA 7 (Wolk)*