Texline 295: Budget Update (Conferees on SB 1 Named) and Bill Update

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TEXLINE 295
Posted: April 25, 2013


Table of Contents

  1. Budget Update and Conferees
  2. Bill Update

I.  BUDGET UPDATE

The Conference Committee on SB 1 has been named. (See list below.) Library supporters are urged to contact legislators to ask for support of library funding. While the current budget proposals from both the House and Senate include a recommendation for some increase in funding for library programming, the State Library’s “exceptional items” requests for libraries (i.e., request for additional funds for library programs) have not been recommended for full funding.  The Conference Committee on SB 1 will make a final determination of funding levels.

Our message: With thank the House and Senate for recognizing the importance of library services. We ask for them to fully fund the State Library’s requests for Shared Digital Content at $9.25 million and Partnership for Innovation Grants ($3.4 million).

The finalized House version of the budget funds the State Library’s current funding PLUS $7,250,000 for Shared Digital Content (amount includes funding for TexShare, K-12 database access, and additional e-content). The agency requested a total of $9,250,000 for this item. (The $2 million not funded was placed in Article XI of the budget as was the request for $3.4 million for the Partnerships for Innovation Grants program.)

The Senate version of the budget recommends for the State Library’s current funding PLUS $7,496,992 for Shared Digital Content (amount includes funding for TexShare, K-12 database access, and additional e-content). (The nearly $2 million not funded  for this request was placed in Article XI of the budget as was the request for $3.4 million for the Partnerships for Innovation Grants program.)

About these programs are:

1.       Shared Digital Content ($9.25 million) 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) for training and programming are built on local partnerships and innovative practices to advance educational attainment, workforce development, and written and digital literacy.

 

Combined, these items come to less than half of what was cut from library services last year.  But if funded, libraries will be able to continue state programming in 2014-15 and be in a position to continue to receive the state’s full allocation of federal funds.

BUDGET CONFEREES

The members of the Conference Committee on SB 1 are: Sens. Williams, Hinojosa, Duncan, Nelson, and Whitmire; Reps. Pitts, Turner, Crownover, Otto, and Zerwas.

 

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. 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. 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. 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

 

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. 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. 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. 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. 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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II. BILL UPDATE

To access the language of the bills, go to: www.capitol.state.tx.us and click the bill search radio button and enter the bill number.

HB 2519 (Springer): Changes current statute to allow a county commissioners court to refuse to establish a county library even when a majority of voters submit a petition. Heard in County Affairs on 4/18. Left pending. TLA Opposes.

 

HB 374 (Guillen):  Allows local development corporations the option of undertaking projects related to community libraries. Bill left pending in Committee on Special Purpose Districts. TLA Supports.

HB 693 (Phillips): Allows a city water utility to include a customer donation option for a local library. Heard in Committee on Natural Resources. Voted favorably out of committee. TLA Supports.

HB 2902 (Thompson of Brazoria):  allows for the imposition of fines and civil penalties for lost, damaged, or overdue county library property. Scheduled for hearing in the Committee on County Affairs on 4/25/13. TLA Supports.

 

HB 1025 (Pitts): Supplemental bill for current biennium; increase state librarian’s salary level. Scheduled for the House floor on 4/26/13.

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