TLA TEXLINE NO. 237 ADDENDUM
Posted: February 13, 2009 • LEGISLATIVE ISSUES NETWORK


In this issue: Call to Action

  1. State Finance Committee Hearing
  2. Legislative Update

I. State Finance Committee Hearing

All the issue sheets are available online.

Issues and Talking Points

TexShare Provides library resource sharing and database services to college students/faculty and public library users.
Action Needed: Appropriate $5.25 mil for each year ($10.5 mil over the biennium).

K-12 Databases Provide quality online resources for Texas students and teachers.
Action Needed: Appropriate $4 mil for each year ($8 mil over the biennium).

Loan Star Libraries A direct aid grant program for public libraries.
Action Needed: Appropriate $4.35 mil for each year ($8.7 mil over the biennium).

Texas Library Systems A network of 10 service centers supporting libraries.
Action Needed: Appropriate $2 mil for each year ($4 mil over the biennium).

II. Legislative Update (addendum)

Rep. Guillen has filed HB 962, which is a TLA-supported bill that clarifies that community colleges are exempt from purchasing requirements for library materials. Again, the only way our grassroots effort will be successful is with your calls and e-mails.  Your efforts have resulted in a stay of implementation on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and a defeat of the amendment that would have cut broadband funding from the Senate version of the economic stimulus act. 

This is our most important task yet; without your calls, libraries will be left out of this legislation.