Texline 287: CALL TO ACTION: Senate Hearing on Feb. 5 and Virtual Action Day, Feb. 12

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Posted: January 30, 2013

Table of Contents

    1. CALL TO ACTION: Senate Finance Hearing for State Library
    2. Library Funding
    3. Library Virtual Action Day, February 12, 2013
    4. Advocacy Webinar, February 4, 2012
    5. Bills
    6. Senate Finance Committee Members: Contact Information

I. Senate Finance Hearing Set: CALL TO ACTION!

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is scheduled to appear before the Senate Finance Committee on February 5 to present its proposed Legislative Appropriations Request (i.e., budget). The hearing will start at 9 am in room E1.036 at the Capitol.

Library supporters are urged to contact their own senators, especially if they serve on the Finance Committee.  Please ask your senator to promote funding for libraries by approving the State Library’s Exceptional Items Requests. (See Library Issues below for more details.)

To find out who represents you, go to: www.txla.org/take-action! Anyone wishing to travel to Austin to testify in support of funding for libraries should contact Gloria Meraz (gloriam@txla.org) immediately. 

Contact information for Senate Finance Committee members is included at the end of this message. 

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Ask your state senator and representative to actively support funding for libraries by voting for library initiatives in the State Library budget and by talking with colleagues who serve on the House Appropriations or Senate Finance Committees.

What We Want: Support of the State Library legislative appropriations request, especially the exceptional items (i.e., request for additional funds) for library programs.

  1. Shared Digital Content – $9.25 million over the biennium for digital (electronic) materials for all types of libraries. Resources include curriculum materials, college preparation, research, job searching, career and test preparation, and other assistance in helping people reach their economic goals.
  2. Innovation Partnership Grants – $3.4 million/ biennium for training and programming built on local partnerships and innovative practices to advance educational attainment, workforce development, and written and digital literacy.

Why we need this funding: Texas libraries are struggling since the loss of statewide funding last session. The partial restoration of state funds will help deploy the workforce and educational resources Texans have come to rely upon.

Without a reinstatement of state funds, the State Library may be unable to make a successful case to the federal government for a continuation of crucially needed federal dollars for Texas libraries.  Because of the state cuts last session, Texas may lose up to another $9 million in federal funds in 2015! We need these funds to support TexShare, library programming, and interlibrary loan.

Contact your legislators today and get your supporters to do so also! For more information on contacting elected officials, go to www.txla.org/take-action!

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III. Library Virtual Action Day, February 12, 2013. WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING??

This year, TLA is asking supporters to conduct a virtual campaign in support of libraries on February 12, 2013. Rather than hosting a traditional Legislative Day, this year we want to emphasize grassroots action. The focus of Legislative Virtual Action Day will be to have statewide virtual advocacy occurring within your own community on February 12 rather than a one-day event here in Austin.

This year, it’s all about getting your local supporters together at home on February 12. Do you want to have everyone write emails to elected officials that day? Make phone calls? Fax in letters? Post cool messages and videos about library services on legislators’ Facebook pages? Want to Tweet up about libraries? Do you want to email your state officials photos of your library in action? Send them a resolution signed by your support groups? (We have a model resolution you can use on our website!)

Participating in Virtual Action Day is all about getting you and your library’s supporters to contact, visit, or post to your state elected officials. Make the case for library funding and urge them to support the State Library and Archives Commission’s funding requests for libraries.

Make a commitment to get people writing and communicating about critical statewide issues. Organize a letter-writing campaign, tweet-up, and other virtual campaigns and activities to get people highlighting the value of and need for libraries. Recruit friends groups, students, faculty, and supporters to join the effort. It is particularly important to have administrators, city or county officials, and parents contact elected officials on behalf of libraries.

This trick is to get as many people as possible in your local community to call, email, write, or post to legislative offices. The purpose of all of these activities is to create communication traffic at legislative offices. Your state senator and representative needs to hear from you and hundreds of other local constituents about your desire for them to proactively support library funding initiatives at the State Library!

Keep in mind, February 12 is a day to highlight advocacy efforts, but we must continue our efforts throughout the session. The supporters you organize for Virtual Action Day can be a great resource throughout the session. We have a long budget process ahead of us. The more momentum we create now, the stronger we will be as we continue to promote state funding for libraries!

Still want to come to Austin? If you would like to come to Austin on February 12 and would like to bring fellow supporters, please contact Gloria Meraz (gloriam@txla.org) by February 4 for more information.

Resources at www.txla.org/advocacy-tools

TLA THANKS Baker & Taylor, sponsor of TLA 2013 Virtual Action Day!

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IV. Advocacy Webinar, Speaking Out for Libraries: A Free Webinar on the 83rd Legislature - Monday, February 4, 2-3 pm: Sign up now!

With Susan Mann, TLA Legislative Committee Chair and Director of the Hillsboro Public Library; Gloria Meraz, TLA Director of Communications; and Marty DeLeon, TLA Policy Analyst.

The Legislature is now making decisions about funding that will affect you and your community. Join TLA’s legislative team for an update on proposed state funding and policies for library. Learn what you and your supporters can do to make a successful case for state support of library services. The webinar will also cover strategies for participating in TLA’s Virtual Library Action Day on February 12, 2013.  Bring your questions, ideas, and enthusiasm!

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V. Bills

HB 374 (Guillen) – Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Laredo) has introduced HB 374 which gives certain development corporations the option of undertaking projects to support community libraries. This proposed legislation was filed last session and passed the House. The session concluded, however, before the bill could clear the Senate. The library community is grateful to Rep. Guillen for his continued support of this issue and libraries.

HB 693 (Phillips) – This bill would grant authority to a water and sewer utility to collect voluntary contributions on behalf of a local library.

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VI. Senate Finance Members

Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands), Chair

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0104

Fax: (512) 463-6373

Email: tommy.williams@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.williams.senate.state.tx.us/#Office

Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen), Vice Chair

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0120

Fax: (512) 463-0229

Email: juan.hinojosa@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.hinojosa.senate.state.tx.us/#form

Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0102

Fax: (512) 463-7202

Email: bob.deuell@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.deuell.senate.state.tx.us/#form

Sen. Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0128

Fax: (512) 463-2424

Email: robert.duncan@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.duncan.senate.state.tx.us/#Form 

Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0101

Fax: (512) 475-3751

Email: kevin.eltife@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.eltife.senate.state.tx.us/#form

Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0130

Fax: (512) 463-8874

Email: craig.estes@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.estes.senate.state.tx.us/#form

Sen. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0118

Fax: (512) 475-3736

Email: glenn.hegar@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.hegar.senate.state.tx.us/#form

Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0117

Fax: (512) 463-0639

Email: joan.huffman@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.huffman.senate.state.tx.us/#form

Sen. Eddie Lucio (D-Brownsville)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0127

Fax: (512) 463-0061

Email: eddie.lucio@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.lucio.senate.state.tx.us/#form 

Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0112

Fax: (512) 463-0923

Email: jane.nelson@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.nelson.senate.state.tx.us/#form

Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0107

Fax: (512) 463-8810

Email: dan.patrick@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.patrick.senate.state.tx.us/#Form 

Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0131

Fax: (512) 475-3733

Email: kel.seliger@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.seliger.senate.state.tx.us/emailextform.htm 

Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0123

Fax: (512) 463-0299

Email: Royce.west@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.west.senate.state.tx.us/#form

 Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0115

Fax: (512) 475-3737

Email: john.whitmire@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist15/dist15.htm#form 

Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo)

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX 78711-2068

Phone: (512) 463-0121

Fax: (512) 475-3738

Email: Judith.zaffirini@senate.state.tx.us

Website contact form: http://www.zaffirini.senate.state.tx.us/#form


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Created on Jan 29, 2013 | Last updated January 30, 2013