MLA Legislative Chair Ann Hokanson sent a brief update. Our bills have been introduced in both chambers; they are HF1282 and SF1704. You can get more information on bill status, including authors, at https://www.leg.state.mn.us/. You can use the My Bills feature to track the bills easily.
HF1282/SF1704 Increase Basic Funding for Regional Library Systems
Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS)
Increased funding from $13.57 million to $17.57 million annually with a corresponding formula change to provide stable funding for all regional public library systems across the state.
The bills include language authorizing expanded uses of RLTA funding.
Hearing in Senate E-12 committee this Wednesday, March 6. This is an opportunity for members of the library community to testify as to the reasons the bill was introduced and an opportunity for Senators on the committee to ask questions. The hearing begins at 3pm and is in room 1100 in the MN Senate Building, just north of the Capitol, on the north side of University Avenue.
It is helpful to have supporters in the room for the hearing. Please join us if you can to show support, and ask library supporters to attend. Attending is free; you simply come into the room, sit and listen to the proceedings, and then leave.
Create Grant Pool for Library Media Specialists
MLA and ITEM support funding a grant pool to enable school districts to increase access to licensed library media specialists in districts that face a shortage of licensed media staff.
Hearing in House Friday, March 8 8:30am to10am Education Policy Committee Meeting in State Office Building Room 5.
Again, we ask that you join us if you can to show support, and ask library supporters to attend. Attending is free; you simply come into the room, sit and listen to the proceedings, and then leave.
Other important library issues are going forward, including afterschool programming funding, broadband, net neutrality, and LGA.