Texline 266: Senate Finance Hearings Set

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In this issue: Posted: February 2, 2011

I.  Senate Finance Hearings Set for February 7 and February 17: Please Contact Senators
II. Legislative Day and Spreading the Word to Library Supporters

I. Senate Finance Hearings
The Senate Finance Committee is set to hear testimony on the Texas Education Agency budget on Monday, February 7, in Room E1.036 at 10 am at the Capitol. The Senate Finance Committee will meet on February 17, in Room E1.036 at 9 am and will hear testimony on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. 
Library supporters are urged to contact their senators (especially if they serve on the Finance Committee; see list below) and ask them to support library programs for these agencies. Tell them why library programs are essential and what the loss of funding for the K-12 databases, TexShare, and Loan Star Libraries (direct aid to public libraries) will mean to the students and people of Texas.

The current draft of the state budget eliminates all state funding for these programs. To learn more, see Texline 265.

Library supporters able to attend either of these hearings should contact Gloria Meraz (gloriam@txla.org). We need library supporters present!
To email your senator on the importance of restoring funds to libraries, go to: Protect Statewide Library Program. Please take the time to customize the message. The template language is provided as a starting point. You can also call the senate office. Phone calls are very effective. Here's a directory of legislators and contact information. All you need to do is call the office, ask to speak to the staff person working on the budget, and tell them you would like the senator to support restoring library funding. You can tell them briefly why library funding is important to your library and library users.

Senate Finance Committee Members

  • Steve Ogden, Chair
  • Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, Vice Chair
  • Bob Deuell
  • Robert Duncan
  • Kevin Eltife
  • Craig Estes
  • Eddie Lucio
  • Jane Nelson
  • Dan Patrick
  • Kel Seliger
  • Florence Shapiro
  • Royce West
  • John Whitmire
  • Tommy Williams
  • Judith Zaffirini

II. Legislative Day and Spreading the Word to Library SupportersA. Legislative Day Information
We need library supporters to participate in this year’s Legislative Day, which will be held on February 16. Registration is now open, and we need your passion and commitment for libraries. To learn more about Legislative Day and how to register, go to: www.txla.org/legislative-day.

The event will be held in Austin, February 15-16, 2011. Delegate training will be held the evening of February 15 at the Hyatt at Lady Bird Lake.  Attendees will participate in visits to various legislator offices on the 16th. All meetings will be coordinated by assigned delegate leaders, who will work with their team of library supporters to make all 150 state representatives and 31 senators aware of the needs of Texas libraries.

Legislative Day Schedule

Training Events

  • Full Delegate Training, Tues. Feb 15, 2011:  7 pm to 9 pm.
  • Abbreviated Training, Wed. Feb. 16, 2011: 8 am to 9 am.
Legislator visits will be on Wed., Feb. 16, 2011
Reception at the Texas State Library, Wed., Feb. 16, 2011: 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

B. Spreading the Word to Library Supporters
If you haven’t already contacted your state representative and senator about library funding, please do so! Be prepared to make the case for your library and the impact it has on your community and students. Also, please keep in mind that we will need to continue communicating with legislative offices throughout the session to keep reminding them about protecting statewide library programs.

We also need your help spreading the word. Inform people around you – administrators, community powerbrokers, student groups, PTAs. Show them how they can save state funding for libraries. Ask them to speak and write to elected officials. Use Facebook, Twitter, and your local community groups to get the word out about saving library funding.

Here’s a sample message (with links) to post on Facebook.

Texas Library Association <http://www.facebook.com/TexasLibraryAssociation> Take Action NOW!! This link is set up to send an email to your legislators. You can customize your message to describe the negative impact of budget cuts. Pass this link along to everyone and anyone to have them send an email to help restore library funding.

TEXLINE is an irregular e-newsletter that is sent whenever state library-related policy or legislative action is occurring. To subscribe to Texline, send an email to gloriam@txla.org and specify that you would like to be added to the Texline list. You can follow TLA legislative news during the session on Twitter.

To subscribe to Texline, send an email to gloriam@txla.org and specify that you would like to be added to the Texline list.


Created on Feb 3, 2011 | Last updated February 03, 2011