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2018 CLA Elections

10/18/2018 - We would like to congratulate and welcome our newest CLA board members President-Elect Hilary Theyer, Secretary Stephanie Beverage, and Board Members at Large Jayanti Addleman, Chris Brown, Shawn Thrasher, and Emily Weak.  Please follow the link for full election results...[read more]

 

GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS 2018-19 BUDGET: A GREAT YEAR FOR LIBRARIES!

6/29/2018 - On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2018-19 State Budget at a press conference, flanked by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins, Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting, and Senate Budget Chair Holly Mitchell.   The Governor, nearing the end of his final term in office, stated, “When I took office back in 2011, with the state facing a $27 billion deficit, I pledged to work with the Legislature to fix California’s financial mess. Today, the final Budget I sign delivers on that pledge and prepares us for the future...[read more]

 

CLA 2018 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

6/11/2018 - If you work in or with California Libraries you won't want to miss the Premiere Professional Development Opportunity of the year!

The CLA Conference offers a statewide opportunity to immerse yourself in librarianship. From educational programs to the busy exhibit halls to author events and more—this is the event for California library people.

 

Our theme this year, “No Barriers. No Walls. Access for All” celebrates the work libraries do every day, breaking down barriers to access and equity in our communities. Our theme also invites participants to think critically about our services and our systems to maximize positive outcomes for the most vulnerable in our communities.

 

The 2018 CLA Conference offers over 100 programs, preconferences, featured speakers, how-to sessions, and much more. Programs run the gamut – from serving people experiencing homelessness, serving incarcerated individuals, to serving up cutting edge technology – this year’s conference will inspire you to break down barriers in your community...[read more]  

 

BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE APPROVES FUNDING FOR “LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY” AND “CAREER ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL”

6/11/2018 -At the State Capitol, on Friday, June 8th, the powerful Budget Conference Committee wrapped up their deliberations on the 2018-19 State Budget after the two Democratic Leaders and the Governor reached an agreement on the terms of the overall package.  As part of those negotiations was a decision to fund the popular “Lunch at the Library” program using $1 million in “one-time” Budget funds (versus “ongoing” funds) and $1 million in “one-time” funds for Career Online High School.  This money is in addition to the $9.5 million public library funding package in the Budget that we have been reporting on over the course of the last few months, which will provide new funding for broadband connections and increased speed for libraries, resource-sharing, and family literacy....[read more]  

 

ASSEMBLY BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES 2018-19 STATE BUDGET & BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE APPOINTED

5/25/2018 -This week the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, Chaired by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, voted unanimously to approve the $9.5 million library funding package that was negotiated between CLA, the State Library, the Department of Finance, and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).  The package contains funding for broadband connectivity and speed upgrades, family literacy, and resource-sharing. Last week we reported that the Senate Budget Subcommittee completed their work and similarly adopted the $9.5 million library package. Additionally, the Assembly has recommended several additional library-related items for funding, such as Career Online High School...[read more]  

 

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES $10.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR KEY LIBRARY PROGRAMS

5/18/2018 - On Wednesday, the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, which has jurisdiction over the State Library and library funding in the State Budget process, approved a $9.5 million comprehensive public library Budget package, as well as $1 million to expand “Lunch at the Library.”...[read more]  

 

BUDGET ACTION ON "LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY" & GOVERNOR's MAY BUDGET REVISION

5/15/2018 - Late last week, the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance heard a series of so-called “member requests” during their weekly hearing on the Governor’s 2018-19 State Budget.  This special hearing allowed Senators to come before the subcommittee and make compelling arguments for funding in various programmatic areas. CLA is pleased to report that at last week’s hearing, the Senate Budget Committee Chair Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) made a formal request for $1 million in ongoing funds to expand the current “Lunch at the Library” program.  Senator Mitchell asked State Librarian, Greg Lucas to present the following proposal, which was included in the Senate Subcommittee’s backgrounder...[read more]

 

BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEES AT CAPITOL HOLD HEARINGS ON $9.5 MILLION LIBRARY FUNDING PACKAGE

5/3/2018 - This week has been a busy one for CLA at the State Capitol, as the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance held a hearing on the $9.5 million public library funding package in the Governor’s 2018-19 Budget on Tuesday (May 1), and their Senate colleagues held a similar hearing this morning (May 3).  After an extensive overview on the issues from the state’s Department of Finance, the Legislative Analyst’s Office, and the State Library, both subcommittees, as is typical, decided to hold the items “open,” pending release of the Governor’s May Revision of the Budget...[read more]

 

2018 BEATTY AWARD GIVEN TO THE 57 BUS: A TRUE STORY OF TWO TEENAGERS AND THE CRIME THAT CHANGED THEIR LIVES BY DASHKA SLATER

4/11/2018 - The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the California Library Association’s John and Patricia Beatty Award.  

The committee found this to be a remarkable book about a real incident that occurred in Oakland in 2013. Teenagers Sasha and Richard were on the same city bus going home from their respective schools when Richard set fire to Sasha’s skirt on a dare. What follows is a story of how the incident and its aftermath, including hospitalizations and trials, affected the lives of not only Sasha and Richard, but their families, their friends, and the community. The book also goes into great detail about the criminal and juvenile justice system in California, and discusses hate crimes as they relate to gender. The 57 Bus is a true story that holds the reader’s interest because of the wealth of facts and detailed interviews with real people intimately involved in the event and its aftermath...[read more]

 

SCA 3-DODD WON’T MOVE FORWARD IN 2018 – THE VICTIM OF A STRANGE TIME AT THE CAPITOL

1/23/2018 - In early 2017, and on behalf of the California Library Association, Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) introduced a measure seeking to lower the local vote threshold for the passage of library construction bonds from the current two-thirds vote to a 55% vote.  The measure was subsequently introduced at the State Capitol as SCA 3-Dodd, and it successfully passed both the Senate Governance and Finance Committee and the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee.  Despite an all-out push by Senator Dodd and his staff, by our office, and by CLA members to secure passage of the measure on the Senate Floor, we have collectively been hindered due to some strange, unanticipated dynamics at the State Capitol.  Unfortunately, due to a situation beyond CLA’s control, SCA 3 is “dead” for the year...[read more] 

 

GOVERNOR’S ONLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE – A ROLE FOR LIBRARIES?

 

1/23/2018 - When Governor Brown unveiled his 2018-19 State Budget on January 10, it included an interesting new proposal to create an “Online Community College” within the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.  This new concept, scheduled to roll out in late 2019, could potentially present collaborative opportunities with California’s public libraries....[read more]   

 

CLA PARTNERS WITH STAND FOR THE REDWOODS CAMPAIGN IN 2018

1/15/2018 - California Library Association is proud to be a Centennial Partner and Stand for the Redwoods with the Save the Redwoods League. To celebrate 100 years of redwoods conservation, the League is launching multiple initiatives that extend current programs and break new ground toward fulfilling the three elements of the organization’s mission: to Protect, Restore and Connect. CLA will collaborate with the Save the Redwoods League to invite California libraries and community members to connect to the peace and beauty of the California redwoods....[read more] 

 

GOVERNOR RELEASES 2018-19 PROPOSED STATE BUDGET: INCLUDES $9.5 MILLION TO ENHANCE PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS

1/10/2018 - This morning Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his final state Budget proposal, as he completes the last year of his term in office.  As part of the Budget package, CLA is pleased to report that the Governor has decided to include some significant funding -$9.5 million in new money - for public libraries in the proposal.  This funding seeks to benefit libraries that need to connect to high-speed broadband or those that wish to increase existing speed, local literacy programs, and creative ways of sharing and delivering library materials...[read more] 

 

GOVERNOR'S BUDGET UPDATE

1/10/2018 - The governor’s budget provides more than $9.5 million for California’s public libraries. It invests $5 million to help libraries deliver services faster by connecting to the same high-speed broadband network as the University of California, the state university system, community colleges and public schools.

Local library literacy programs would also receive a $2.5 million funding increase aimed at expanding services to the families of adult learners. With this $2.5 million, Gov. Brown has more than doubled spending on library literacy programs since 2015.

The budget proposal also earmarks $1.5 million to encourage new ways of delivering books to Californians including use of online sellers, like Amazon, and digitally linking the catalogs of multiple libraries to offer Californians easy at-home access to far more information than what sits on the shelves of their community library.

“These investments by Governor Brown help libraries do an even better job of connecting Californians to what they need to thrive,” said Greg Lucas, California’s state librarian. “Every dollar spent improving public libraries returns four or five times the initial amount in social and economic benefit. And that’s particularly true of the literacy programs making stronger readers out of more Californians.”

Library Proposal : Building the Next Generation of Libraries


Help Support IMLS Reauthorization

1/10/2018 - At the end of 2017, the Museum and Library Services Act of 2017 was introduced by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The 2017 MLSA (S. 2271)reauthorizes the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), showing congressional support for the federal agency. IMLS administers funding through the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA), the only federal program that exclusively covers services and funding for libraries. LSTA provides more than $183 million for libraries through the Grants to States program, the National Leadership Grants for Libraries, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and Native American Library Services....[read more]

 

Outsourcing and Privatization of Library Services and Staff

11/14/2017 - In an effort to include all opinions, anonymous feedback may be submitted here: https://goo.gl/forms/2FJZMftO2uL5x7kK2 

Outsourcing and privatization of library services and staff is a growing point of concern for California libraries. In response to numerous inquiries from CLA members regarding the recent move to privatize library services in California's communities like Escondido, the CLA board is opening a discussion and review of existing policy. 

On May 6, 1998, CLA adopted the following policy on “Outsourcing and Subcontracting Library Services.”

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1o3oZPe47eQTFUqM0j9DyN2H80qBbg8W5_Zn4WnrRGVc/edit

The CLA Board will be working on revisions to the policy for current practice at the January 2018 meeting. We would like to hear from our membership regarding this current policy and feedback surrounding the issue, which will be collected and taken into consideration for the policy revision. Please share your feedback 
here or e-mail info@cla-net.org byDecember 1, 2017.

Sincerely,

Dolly Goyal, CLA President

for the CLA Board of Directors

Legislature Adjourns 2017 Session

9/18/2017 - On Saturday, September 16, the California State Legislature officially adjourned the 2017 session in the early morning hours, after concluding their work in processing hundreds of pieces of legislation over the course of the week.  The Senate and Assembly debated controversial bills pertaining to “cap and trade,” cannabis regulation, the siting of cell phone towers, prescription drug prices, and affordable housing, as the hours ticked down to the close of session.  While rules of the Senate and Assembly state that there should be no policy hearings during the final week of session, policy hearings nonetheless happened with great frequency, as bills needed final vetting before they headed to their respective Floors...[read more]


CLA comments to the FCC on Net Neutrality

8/21/2017 - Recently, CLA made comments into the newly established FCC inbox for comments on Net Neutrality.  Read CLA's comments here.


Book Banning of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian at Conejo Valley Unified School District

8/18/2017 - The recent discussions about book banning of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian at Conejo Valley Unified School District have captured the attention of the American Library Association, California Library Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. 

Attached please find the letter on behalf of James LaRue, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, addressing our concerns.
 
The meeting resulted in board approval of Sherman Alexie's novel in the ninth-grade curriculum.  For more details, please follow the [link]

CALLS OR EMAILS NEEDED – SCA 3-DODD - End-Of-Session Push For Support of Library Construction Measure

8/8/2017 - On August 21 the California Legislature will return from a one-month Summer break and will rapidly process a substantial workload that remains for the 2017 Session, before they adjourn the session on Friday, September 15th.  One of the remaining major items to be taken up by the State Senate is SCA 3 by Senator Dodd, which seeks to lower the vote threshold for library construction bonds from the current two-thirds vote to 55%.  SCA 3 is sponsored by CLA.

SCA 3 requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate – 27 votes out of 40 – for passage.  Every “yes” vote is essential. Your two-minute call to your California State Senator is urgently needed.  Emails are also encouraged.  Read more for instructions on contacting your Senator...[read more]

BUDGET CONFEREES CONCLUDE THEIR WORK - Funding Provided for Career Online High School and After School Programs

6/12/2017 - The Senate and Assembly members who make up the powerful Budget Conference Committee, concluded their work on the State Budget in a hearing at the Capitol late last night.  The Conferees approved $3 million in funding for Career Online High School under the State Library, as well as $50 million for the After School Education and Safety Program (ASES.) However, we were disappointed when the 10 legislators decided not to fund any broadband connection grants for public libraries in the 2017-18 Budget. ...[read more]

ASSEMBLY BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES $7 MILLION FOR KEY LIBRARY PROGRAMS

5/23/2017 - This morning at the State Capitol, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance approved $7 million in combined funding for two popular public library programs – broadband connection grants and Career Online High School.   

As we reported to CLA members on May 11, there has been an active effort underway by CLA for the last few months to try to secure additional funding to connect public libraries to the high speed, broadband “backbone” operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) in Phase 3 of implementation.   As part of that effort, Assemblywoman Cecila Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) and 13 of her colleagues signed a letter directed to the Assembly Budget Subcommittee Chair, urging adoption of additional funding for the library broadband project, as well as the popular Career Online High School program...[read more]

ACTION ALERT:  CALLS NEEDED TO SENATORS IN SUPPORT OF SCA 3-DODD
A TWO MINUTE CALL CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE

5/22/2017 - Your help is needed for a major advocacy effort over the next two weeks, to encourage California State Senators to support SCA 3 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa).  The measure, which is sponsored by CLA, seeks to lower the vote threshold for local construction and renovation bonds for public libraries from the current two-thirds vote to 55%.  SCA 3 recently passed its second policy committee at the State Capitol and is now awaiting a vote on the Senate Floor.  Because SCA 3 is a constitutional amendment, the minimum vote required for passage on the Senate Floor is two-thirds of the body – or 27 of the 40 members...[read more]

CONTACT YOUR SENATORS TO SAVE LIBRARY FUNDING! TODAY IS THE DEADLINE!

5/19/2017 - CT, DE, HI, MN, NJ & RI are the only states where both Senators have signed on to support federal funds for libraries.  It’s critical that we get more Senators to sign on by the end of today.  If you don't live in those states, please contact your Senators' offices now to #SaveIMLS. Today's the deadline.  Visit this site to call, email or Tweet your Senators’ offices:http://ow.ly/CCJT30bSyU1 — there are ready to use messages on the site.

 
Please visit Fight for Libraries! today and check if your two U.S. Senators have signed on to both letters. It’s quick and easy. If your Senators are not on board, they need to hear directly from their constituents—you! The Fight for Libraries! site links directly to ALA’s Legislative Action Center, which provides call and email templates to simplify your efforts.

 

2018 Conference Announcement!

I am thrilled to announce that our 2018 annual conference will be held in Santa Clara on November 7-11th. Santa Clara is a vibrant community in the heart of Silicon Valley with the convention center minutes away from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, Levi Stadium, downtown San Jose and more. The conference planning committee recruitment and other CLA committee recruitment will be underway soon.  

Stay tuned! 
Dolly Goyal

 

GOVERNOR RELEASES REVISED BUDGET WITH MODEST CHANGES
State Library Budget Holds Steady

5/11/2017 - This morning Governor Jerry Brown released his “May Revision” of the State Budget before the press corps at the State Capitol.  The May Revision, or “May “Revise” as it is called, is an opportunity for the Governor to update his January Budget, based on the latest revenue projection numbers, which include April tax receipts and anticipated actions at the Federal level.  Governor Brown acknowledged that his May Revise approach was a modest one, saying, “It is very cruel to fund programs and then pull the rug out from under them.”  In his overview, the Governor said he is quite concerned about the effort in Washington D.C. to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act and how that may impact California revenues.  He stated, “’Repeal and Replace’ would be really bad news for California.  It would be ugly….That’s why we will fight it as hard as we can...[read more]

SENATE ELECTIONS AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS COMMITTEE PASSES SCA 3-DODD

5/2/2017 - Yesterday afternoon Senator Bill Dodd’s SCA 3, which would lower the local vote threshold for new library construction or renovation, from the current two-thirds vote to 55%, passed its second policy committee.

SCA 3, which is sponsored by the California Library Association, was heard in the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee where it passed on a vote of 4 to 1.  Senator Dodd presented the measure and highlighted the 160 million library visits that were reported in 2014-15 (CA State Research Bureau data) and he called the libraries an “extension of our public school system.”  Similar to the hearing in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on March 29, CLA and Senator Dodd were grateful to have the assistance of former Senator Lois Wolk, who offered lead testimony for the “support” side.  Senator Wolk called SCA 3 a “reasonable ask” and noted how communities benefit from a library’s safe environment and their “extraordinary services.”  Napa County Supervisor Ryan Gregory also provided lead testimony, noting that the Napa Board of Supervisors had voted to unanimously support SCA 3.    As a civil engineer, he said he valued the important programs available at the library, such as online tutoring, which helps countless individuals reach their educational goals...[read more]

LETTERS NEEDED FOR SCA 3-DODD - Next Policy Hearing Has Been Set For Measure Lowering Vote Threshold for Library Construction

4/17/2017 - Recently we reported that SCA 3 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) had a successful hearing in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee at the State Capitol, with the measure passing on a 5-2 party-line vote.  The legislation seeks to lower the local vote threshold from the current two-thirds to 55% for library construction and renovation bond measures.  This bill is sponsored by CLA.

SCA 3 has been “double-referred,” meaning that it will now head to its second policy committee for review and debate.  SCA 3 will be heard in the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee on Tuesday, May 2 at 1:30 p.m.  Letters of support from libraries, Friends and Trustees, cities, counties, special districts, and architectural and construction firms are needed.   In the previous policy committee, there was not a strong showing of letters from library supporters, and most recently, the bill has received strong opposition from taxpayer groups.  So, in order to send a message that SCA 3 is of significant importance to the library community, Senator Dodd and the committee will need a much better show of support in the form of letters...[read more]

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 BEATTY AWARD RECIPIENT

4/12/2017 - It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas and published by Clarion Books has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the California Library Association’s John and Patricia Beatty Award. 

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel is a coming of age story of Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh living in California’s Newport Beach in the late 1970s.  The committee loved the honesty and humor of the voice of Zomorod living in California during the Iranian Revolution.  Dumas weaved together a heartwarming story of an immigrant family that will win the hearts of many readers...[read more]

 

FEDERAL BUDGET NEWS - YOUR ACTION REQUESTED TODAY!

3/16/2017 

 

Dear California Library Community:

 

If you have not yet seen the news this morning, the new Federal budget (among other things) eliminates the IMLS. 

  • Calvert, 42nd District  (Corona/IE)
  • Valadao, 21st District (Hanford)
  • Roybal-Allard, 40th District (Commerce)
  • Lee, 13th District (East Bay)
  • Aguilar, 31st District (San Bernardino/IE)

Please get on the phone with your representatives today, this is urgent. 

 

Helen McAlary,

President, California Library Association 

 

SENATOR DODD’S MEASURE TO LOWER VOTE THRESHOLD FOR LIBRARY BONDS PASSES FIRST COMMITTEE

3/29/2017 - Today the Senate Governance and Finance Committee heard and passed CLA’s sponsored measure, SCA 3 by Senator Bill Dodd, which seeks to lower the local voter threshold for library construction bonds from the current two-thirds vote to 55%.  Senator Dodd (D-Napa) introduced his measure and called public libraries “vital and vitally important to our communities.”  He argued that “local library jurisdictions are willing to go to the voters with local financing measures, and local library officials believe, as do I, that local library bonds should have the same voter threshold as school bonds….55%.  In many ways, our local public libraries are extensions of our public school system.  SCA 3 would simply ask the voters if they agree that local library bonds should be treated the same as school bonds.  I believe that’s a fair question to ask of our voters.” ...[read more]

 

SUPPORT LETTERS NEEDED FOR SCA 3-DODD BY MARCH 20

3/13/2017 - 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.....[read more]

 

SCA 3-DODD:  55% VOTE FOR LIBRARY BOND CONSTRUCTION – SET FOR FIRST HEARING MARCH 29

2/16/2017 - *Action Requested*SCA 3 by Senator Bill Dodd has been set for hearing in its first policy committee in the State Senate.  As recently reported, the measure seeks to lower the local vote threshold for library construction bonds from the current two-thirds vote to 55%.  SCA 3 is being referred to two different policy committees in the State Senate, with the first stop being the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on Wednesday, March 29 at the State Capitol....[read more]

SENATOR BILL DODD INTRODUCES SCA 3

1/31/2017 - Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) has introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment 3, which seeks to lower the vote threshold for the passage of local library construction bond projects from the current 2/3rds local vote requirement to 55%. In a press release issued by Senator Dodd, he stated, “Our public libraries provide critical services to our state, educating future generations, promoting lifelong learning and providing cultural enrichment.  That’s why we need to empower local communities to better maintain and expand the accessibility and capacity at their public libraries.”   Two Senators have also agreed to co-author the measure:  Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) and Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont)...[read more]

GOVERNOR BROWN RELEASES 2017-18 STATE BUDGET

1/10/2017 - At 11 a.m. today, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his 2017-18 State Budget before the press corps at the Capitol.  The Governor called for cautious spending in the coming Budget year due to a projected $2 billion shortfall, as well as the anticipation of federal policy changes under the new Presidential Administration, which might significantly affect the state’s General Fund.  Specifically, related to library funding in the Budget, the Governor does not propose new spending; instead he holds the line on all of the current baseline spending in the various library programs (e.g. California Library Services Act, the state literacy program, and funding for the library broadband project in conjunction with the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California - CENIC).  The Governor did highlight, however, the work of public libraries in a special section entitled, “Investing in California’s Workforce.”...[read more]

LEGISLATIVE SESSION WRAP-UP

9/15/2016 - The second year of the two-year session concluded with the Senate and Assembly working early into the morning of September 1.  Controversial issues pertaining to climate change, paid family leave, and farm worker overtime pay, dominated the final days of session, with the debate on the farm worker housing issue alone lasting over two hours on the Assembly Floor...[read more]