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Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee Passes SCA 3-DODD

Tuesday, May 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: CLA Staff
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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]