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March 24, 2014

FROM:           Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
                       Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist
RE:                 News From the Capitol
SB 1455 by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), a major library construction bond measure, has been set for hearing in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, April 2 at 9 a.m. at the State Capitol.  CLA members are encouraged to write the members of the Senate Education Committee and request their support of this important legislation.
Last week the CLA Executive Committee voted to officially be the “sponsor” SB 1455, and a library bond “task force” has been established to work on language associated with the measure. CLA Legislative Chair, Laura Seaholm and CLA President, Deborah Doyle are heading up this active group.
Currently, SB 1455 does not contain a specific dollar amount associated with the bond, which is commonly done with bond measures so that the policy issue can continue to move forward while the dollar amount is negotiated with legislators, leadership and the Governor. A 2007 Needs Assessment conducted by the California State Library indicated that the new construction and renovation needs at that time exceeded $8 billion dollars. If approved by the legislature, signed by the Governor, and then approved by voters on an upcoming statewide ballot, applicant bond projects would be awarded competitive grants by the State Library and the Library Construction Bond Board. 
Here are some key elements of SB 1455:
  • Requires a state/local match per project – 65% state match and a 35% local match.
  • The state match amount would be set at a minimum of $500,000 and a maximum of $30 million per project
  • Language contained in the bill “as introduced,” would have given joint use projects and projects that were deemed “Outstanding” from the 2000 bond, “first call” on any new money. This language will be stricken from the bill prior to the hearing in Senate Education Committee. (There are only 2 “Outstanding” projects that may even still be viable from the prior list and the applications would be more than 11 years old and would need to be completely rewritten.)
  • ntent language is being placed in the bill to require the State Library and the Bond Board to find ways to streamline the application process to make it less expensive and time consuming.
SB 1455 is facing some time restrictions in that there are only a couple of hearing dates in the Senate Education Committee that are available before the legislature leaves on their spring recess before Easter. SB 1455 is “double-referred” – meaning that it must go to two policy committees – Senate Education and Senate Governance and Finance Committee before the deadline for fiscal bills to be out of policy committee occurs on May 2. As a consequence, the hearing date for SB 1455 on April 2 will be quickly upon us.   We hope that as many of you as possible can take a brief moment to weigh in with the Senate Education Committee to express your support for SB 1455.
To be included in the Senate Education Committee analysis in support of SB 1455, please fax your letters ASAP to:
Senator Carol Liu, Chair
Senate Education Committee
State Capitol, Room 5097
Sacramento, CA. 95814
Fax: (916) 651-4925
Senator Mark Wyland, Vice Chair
Senate Education Committee
State Capitol, Room 4048
Sacramento, CA. 95814
Fax: (916) 651-4938
Senator Marty Block, Member
Senate Education Committee
State Capitol, Room 4090
Sacramento, CA. 95814
Fax: (916) 651-4939
Senator Lou Correa, Member
Senate Education Committee
State Capitol, Room 5061
Sacramento, CA. 95814
Fax:  (916) 651-4934
Senator Loni Hancock, Member
Senate Education Committee
State Capitol, Room 2082
Sacramento, CA. 95814
Fax: (916) 651-4909
Senator Ben Hueso, Member
Senate Education Committee
State Capitol, Room 2054
Sacramento, CA. 95814
Fax: (916) 651-4940
Senator Bob Huff, Member
Senate Education Committee
State Capitol, Room 305
Sacramento, CA. 95814
Fax: (916) 651-4929
Senator Bill Monning, Member
Senate Education Committee
State Capitol, Room 4066
Sacramento, CA. 95814
Fax: (916) 445-8081
Senator Norma Torres, Member
Senate Education Committee
State Capitol, Room 2048
Sacramento, CA. 95814
Fax: (916) 651-4932
NOTE: In your letters of support on SB 1455, please indicate some particular examples regarding pressing construction needs in your area. Lastly, would you please fax our office a copy of your letter – Attn: Christina DiCaro @ (916) 448-4808. Thank you.