Texline 289: Contact Legislators: Budget Writers Hard at Work!

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TEXLINE 289
Posted: February 15, 2013


Table of Contents

  1. Contact Legislators: Budget Writers Hard at Work!
  2. Library Virtual Action Day: Thanks!
  3. Keep Contacting Legislators
  4. Members of Key Committees: Contact Information

I. Contact Legislators: Budget Writers Hard at Work!

The House Appropriations Article I Subcommittee heard testimony on the State Library’s budget on Tuesday, February 12. Commission Chairman Mike Waters and Interim Director Ed Seidenberg provided the committee with an overview of the importance of libraries and the need to fund the State Library's exceptional items requests (i.e., requests for additional funding) for library and archival activities. Waynette Ditto of the Hewitt Public Library, Susan Mann of Hillsboro Public Library, Gretchen Pruett of New Braunfels Public Library, and Gloria Meraz of TLA provided public testimony urging the committee to fund the requests for library funding. John Trischitti of Midland County Library System lent his support and visited with legislative staff.

With the first round of budget hearings now over for the State Library, the real work in advocacy begins. State budget writers are now beginning to consider which items (if any) in the myriad of requests put forward by all state agencies should be funded. It is CRITICAL that these budget writers hear from library supporters as soon as possible.

On the Senate side, the Finance Committee Article I Workgroup (which has primary jurisdiction over the State Library’s budget) will begin it markup of the budget on Monday. Members of that workgroup include Sen. Juan Hinojosa (Co-Chair), Sen. Robert Deuell (Co-Chair), Sen. Jane Nelson, Sen. Kevin Eltife, and Sen. Royce West. The House Article I Subcommittee is also beginning its work. Members include Rep. Sylvester Turner (Chair), Rep. Ruth McClendon (Vice-Chair), Rep. Larry Gonzales, Rep. Susan King, Rep. Oscar Longoria, Rep. Rob Orr, and Rep. Charles Perry.

Library supporters are urged to contact their own representatives, especially if they serve on the Appropriations Committee, House Appropriations Article I Subcommittee, the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Article I Workgroup.  Please ask your legislators to promote funding for libraries by approving the State Library’s Exceptional Items Requests. (See What We Want below for more details.)

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II. Library Virtual Action Day: Thanks

Thanks to everyone who participated in Library Virtual Action Day. From librarians in Houston friending the chairman of the House budget committee and school librarians in Lubbock sending out a Twitter Bomb about libraries to South Texas College’s Web announcement about Library Virtual Action Day and Buda Public Library’s letter writing campaign, library supporters throughout the state took the time and commitment to reach out to elected officials about the importance of libraries. Many librarians took the opportunity to create their own action guidelines. Thanks to you all!

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III. KEEP CONTACTING LEGISLATORS!

February 12 was just the beginning. We must keep up the pressure throughout the session – especially now that budget writers are hard at work – and continue contacting legislative offices!

Here’s what you do to contact your legislators’ offices.

1. First, if you don’t know who represents you or how to contact their offices, go to: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx.

2.  Second, download TLA’s one pager - http://www.txla.org/sites/tla/files/Advocate/2013%20Overview.pdf - on TLA’s issues.

3.  Make contact with their offices! If you call, you can ask to speak with the staffer in charge of the budget or library funding issues.

The main thing you probably want to know is: What do I tell them? What do I ask for?

In short, you are saying: “I am contacting Rep. X (or Sen. X) to ask him/her to support libraries by helping us get needed funding for key library programs. We need the Legislature to fund the State Library and Archives Commission’s exceptional items requests (i.e., the agency’s budget request for additional funds) for library programs.”

The one page issue sheet linked above provides additional information you can use but feel free to describe the needs and impact of your library as well!

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.

Additional resources at www.txla.org/advocacy-tools

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VI. Members of Key Committee

Senate Article I Workgroup Members (This subgroup has primary budget writing duties for the State Library on the Senate side.)

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. 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. 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. 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

 

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. 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. 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. 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. 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

House General Government (Article I) Committee Members – these 7 representatives have primary jurisdiction over the State Library’s budget

Rep. Sylvester Turner (Houston), Vice Chairman of H. Appropriations; Chair of Article I Subcommittee

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=139&session=83

Email: Sylvester.turner@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0554 

Fax: (512) 463-8380

Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (San Antonio), Vice Chair of Subcommittee

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=120&session=83

Phone: (512) 463-0708

Fax: (512) 463-7071

Rep. Larry Gonzales (Round Rock)

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=52&session=83

Email: larry.gonzales@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0670

Fax: (512) 463-1469

Rep. Susan King (Abilene)

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=71&session=83

Email: susan.king@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0718

Fax: (512) 463-0994

 

Rep. Oscar Longoria (Mission)

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=35&session=83

Email: Oscar.longoria@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0645

Fax: (512) 463-0559

Rep. Rob Orr (Burleson)

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=58&session=83

Email: rob.orr@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0538

Fax: (512) 463-0897

Rep. Charles Perry (Lubbock)

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=83&session=83

Email: charles.perry@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0542

Fax: (512) 463-0671

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Other House Appropriations Committee Members

Rep. Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie), Chairman

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=10&session=83

Email: jim.pitts@house.state.tx.us 

Phone: (512) 463-0516

Fax: (512) 463-1051

 

Rep. Trent Ashby

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=57&session=83

Email: trent.ashby@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0508

Fax: (512) 463-5896

 

Rep. Cecil Bell

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=3&session=83

Email: cecil.bell@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0650

Fax: (512) 463-0575

 

Rep. Greg Bonnen

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=24&session=83

Email: greg.bonnen@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0729

 

Rep. Stefani Carter

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=102&session=83

Email: Stefani.carter@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0454

Fax: (512) 463-1121

 

Rep. Myra Crownover

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=64&session=83

Email: myra.crownover@house.state.tx.us

Phone: Phone: (512) 463-0582

Fax: (512) 463-0471

 

Rep. Drew Darby

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=72&session=83

Email: drew.darby@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0331

Fax: (512) 499-3978

 

Rep. Sarah Davis

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=134&session=83

Email: sarah.davis@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0389

Fax: (512) 463-1374

 

Rep. Dawnna Dukes

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=46

Email: dawnna.dukes@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0506

Fax: (512) 463-7864

 

Rep. Helen Giddings

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=109&session=83

Email: Helen.giddings@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0953

Fax: (512) 463-5887

 

Rep. Donna Howard

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=48&session=83

Email: donna.howard@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0631

Fax: (512) 463-0901

 

Rep. Bryan Hughes

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=5&session=83

Email: bryan.hughes@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0271

Fax: (512) 463-1515

 

Rep. Marisa Márquez

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=77&session=83

Email: marisa.marquez@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0638

Fax: (512) 463-8908

 

Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr.

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=36&session=83

Email: Sergio.munoz_jr@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0704

Fax: (512) 463-5364

Rep. John Otto

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=18&session=83

Email: john.otto@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0570

Fax: (512) 463-0315

 

Rep. Diane Patrick

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=94&session=83

Email: diane.patrick@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0624

Fax: (512) 463-8386

Rep. Walter "Four" Price

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=87&session=83

Email: @house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0470

 

Rep. John Raney

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=14&session=83

Email: john.raney@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0698

Fax: (512) 463-5109

Rep. Bennett Ratliff

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=115&session=83

Email: Bennett.ratliff@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0468

Fax: (512) 463-1044

 

Rep. John Zerwas (R-Simonton)

TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910

Web Contact Form: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/email/?district=28&session=83

Email:  john.zerwas@house.state.tx.us

Phone: (512) 463-0657
Fax: (512) 236-0713

 

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