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Senator Dodd's Measure to Lower Vote Threshold for Library Bonds Passes First Committee

Wednesday, March 29, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: CLA Staff
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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]