March 15, 2013
TO: CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS
FROM: Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist
RE: News From the Capitol
I. SCR 14-WOLK CELEBRATES “CALIFORNIA LIBRARY WEEK”
Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) has introduced SCR 14, a legislative resolution celebrating “California Library Week,” from April 14 to April 20, 2013. The measure, sponsored by CLA, seeks to highlight the positive contributions of public libraries, librarians, and all library workers for “enriching the lives of California residents.” The week of celebration will coincide with National Library Week, wherein libraries throughout the state and the nation will be hosting special events and highlighting important local programs and services.
Senator Wolk is also the sponsor of SCA 7, the constitutional amendment that seeks to lower the local voter threshold from the current two-thirds vote to 55% for a community seeking to pass a library construction bond or a special tax for the support of the library. This measure is also sponsored by CLA and has not yet been set for hearing in its first legislative policy committee - the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. (However, constitutional amendments do not have the same time deadlines as bills, and there is a likelihood that SCA 7 could be set early to mid May.)
CLA is grateful to Senator Wolk for her long-standing commitment to library issues at the Capitol and for her strong support of her local libraries.
II. CALL TO ACTION CORRECTION – BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE CHANGE
On Wednesday, you received a “News From the Capitol” report from our office, regarding a “call to action,” for this year’s so-called “Budget ask” involving the CENIC/CLA/State Library proposal to connect libraries to the CENIC backbone. We incorrectly noted that Senator Ted Gaines was a member of the Senate Budget Subcommittee Number One on Education Finance, but he has, in fact been replaced. Senator Mark Wyland, the current Vice Chair of the Senate Education Committee, will take Senator Gaines’ place on the subcommittee this year.
Here is the correct list for the Senate Budget Subcommittee Number 1 on Education Finance –
Senator Marty Block, Chair – Room 4090
Senator Roderick Wright – Room 2032
Senator Mark Wyland – Room 4048
We apologize for the confusion.