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Full Senate Confirms State Librarian On A Vote OF 32-0
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August 25, 2014 

 

TO:                  CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS 

FROM:           Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
                        Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist

RE:                 News From the Capitol

 

FULL SENATE CONFIRMS STATE LIBRARIAN ON A VOTE OF 32-0

 

On Friday afternoon, the California State Senate officially voted to approve and confirm Governor Brown’s nomination of Greg Lucas as California State Librarian on a strong vote of 32-0.  No further action is needed beyond the Senate vote, and the ratification of the appointment becomes official, effective immediately.

As we previously reported, the Senate Rules Committee formally took up the nomination of Mr. Lucas in an hour-long hearing last Wednesday.  Committee members asked questions about his goals for the State Library and for libraries in general.  That committee hearing resulted in a solid, bi-partisan vote of 5-0 to approve the nomination and to send it to the full Senate Floor for final confirmation. 

Senate President pro Tem Steinberg then presented the Governor’s Appointment of Mr. Lucas on the Senate Floor on Friday and spoke of the great tradition of libraries in the state.  He stated that Mr. Lucas was interested in bringing the modern library into the next century, and he praised him for “visiting a number of local libraries, being a great listener, and asking the tough questions.”  

Senator Jim Nielsen, the author of the Public Library Foundation Act (1982) rose in support of the nomination.  He said, “I have known [Greg] for many years” and said he found him to be a “dedicated man.”  Senator Nielsen added, “I appreciate how he has been out and about, meeting with libraries.  I have run into him several times in my district.  He has a real dream and a vision of the future.” 

 

2013-14 LEGISLATIVE SESSION CONCLUDES THIS WEEK

The California State Assembly and Senate chambers have been very active in recent days, as the legislature endeavors to conclude their work for the 2013-14 session by the deadline of August 31.   Both houses still need to process and vote on more than 400 pieces of legislation between now and the Sunday deadline.