January 29, 2013
TO: CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS
FROM: Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist
RE: News From the Capitol
SUPPORT LETTERS REQUESTED FOR SCA 7-WOLK – 55% VOTE FOR LIBRARY BONDS AND TAXES
As you will recall from our reports to you early last month, Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) has introduced SCA 7
, a constitutional measure which seeks to reduce the local vote threshold for local special taxes and construction bonds from the current two-thirds vote to 55%. The local special taxes would be dedicated to the funding of local library operations and the bonds would allow for the renovation, rehabilitation, or new construction of library facilities.
In order for SCA 7 to become a reality, it will need to pass both houses of the legislature (by a 2/3rds vote in each house) and be signed by Governor Brown. It would then, most likely, be placed on the November 2014 statewide ballot, where it would need to be passed by a majority of the statewide electorate. If successful, all cities, counties and special districts would have the authority to place a special tax for library operations and/or a library construction bond on their local ballot. Local voters would have to approve the special tax or the construction bond by 55% in order for it to take effect.
Senator Wolk has been a long-standing champion for public libraries and public library funding during her time in the Assembly, and now the Senate. She sat for a short time on the Library Construction Bond Board (created when voters approved Proposition 14 in 2000), was a co-chair of the 2006 Library Bond campaign, and has authored several National Library Week resolutions for CLA.
Senator Wolk’s office would like to start collecting letters of support from cities, counties, special districts, library directors, library and literacy support groups, etc. for her SCA 7. The bill has not yet been set for hearing, but it is helpful for an author to be able to indicate early support in response to media requests, inquiries from other legislative offices, and eventually be noted on the legislative policy and fiscal committee analysis.
Please send your letters of support for SCA 7-Wolk to:
The Honorable Lois Wolk
California State Senate
State Capitol, Room 5114
Sacramento, CA. 95814
Or via fax at (916) 323-2304