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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 4/17/2015

Monday, April 20th, 2015 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | No Comments »


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.  Bills highlighted in pink had movement on the floor yesterday (4/9/2015).

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 4/10/2015

Friday, April 10th, 2015 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | No Comments »


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.  Bills highlighted in pink had movement on the floor yesterday (4/9/2015).

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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Washington Congressional Senators and Representatives sign off on legislation crucial to Washington.

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public, Uncategorized | No Comments »


From the desk of Rand Simmons

Rand0714Two pieces of legislation important to the people of Washington are working their way through Congress. Optimum support requires members of both the House and the Senate and from both parties sign on to “Dear Appropriators” letters.

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is administered by the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. The Senate letter notes that “LSTA is the only federal program that helps public libraries meet community needs, provide enhanced services through technology, reach underserved populations, and retain librarians while recruiting new entrants to this important field. Robust federal support for the state formula program and competitive grant provided by LSTA is more essential now than ever.”

Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) chair the Senate committee to obtain maximum allowable funding for the Act. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) signed the letter. State Librarian Rand Simmons had urged her to do so. Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA 2nd) signed the House letter. Currently the State Library receives about $3.3 million annually in LSTA funding and all types of libraries in Washington are eligible to receive funding and services.

Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) is a grant program under the Fund for the Improvement of education. The Senate letter states, “IAL provides competitive awards to school libraries and national not-for-profit organizations, including partnerships that reach families outside of local educational agencies, for providing books and childhood literacy activities to children and families in high need communities. The program also supports parental engagement and focuses on promoting student literacy from birth through high school.” Senators Blunt and Murray are also leading the quest for this funding.

Signers in the House include Representatives Denny Heck (D-WA 10th), Jim McDermott (D-WA 7th) and Adam Smith (D-WA 9th).

  • Learn more about how the Washington State Library administers the Library Services and Technology Act at the Library’s web site.
  • Information for this article came from the American Library Association’s Advocacy Works: Broad number of legislators back library funding. Links to Senate and House letters are provided.

2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 4/3/2015

Friday, April 3rd, 2015 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | No Comments »


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

Please note bills that are stricken and color-coded are “technically dead. (April 1 was the last day to read in committee reports from the opposite house, except fiscal/transportation committees.  That cut-off is April 7.)  All bills  will be left on the tracker until then.  Bills highlighted in pink had movement on the floor yesterday (4/2/2015)

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 3/27/2015

Friday, March 27th, 2015 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | No Comments »


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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Washington State has a new library branch

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 Posted in Articles, For Libraries, For the Public | 1 Comment »


ritzvill2Washington State’s newest public library branch can be found inside the Lind-Ritzville Middle School located in Lind (Adams County). Guy Strot, Lind-Ritzville Middle School Principal, reached out to Ritzville Public Library Director Kylie Fullmer. He wanted the community to have access to the 25 computers and faster internet in the middle school library and for students and community members to have access to more library materials. He proposed a trade. The Ritzville Public Library could operate free of charge in the middle school library if the Ritzville Public Library would provide materials for adults and students. For the last few months the middle school library has been open to the public one evening a week. On the day library development consultants, Carolyn Petersen and Shirley Lewis visited, Mr. Strot proudly shared that the last week’s program had seen every one of the town’s 50 elementary aged children as well as many adults using the library’s computers and resources brought there from Ritzville Public Library.

ritzvilleMs. Fullmer  also reports that a part of their success is owed to an 8-week afterschool Crazy 8’s Math Club for kids in grades K-5. All supplies for this club are donated by the non-profit: Bedtime Math. Lego Club, craft-ernoons, and family story time are all popular too.  The library provides one-on-one computer help, device and eBook tech nights, and signs people up for the IT Academy. Three hours a week for all this, this new library branch must be humming!

This is the kind of library/community partnership success story we all love hearing. Three cheers and a BIG welcome to the Lind-Ritzville Middle School branch.

2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 3/13/2015

Friday, March 13th, 2015 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | No Comments »


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

 

Bill Title Original Sponsor Status Date HRG Date Latest Cmte Mtg Info Companion Bills
SHB 1105 Operating sup budget 2015 Hunter C 3 L 15 2/19/2015 2/9/2015 Feb 9 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. SB 5076(SWays & Means)
HB 1106 Operating budget 2015-2017 Hunter H Approps 1/12/2015 1/14/2015 Jan 14 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5077(SWays & Means)
HB 1168 Retiree return-to-work/PERS Ormsby S Ways & Means 3/6/2015 2/5/2015 Feb 5 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. SB 5211(SRules 2G)
HB 1189 City, district publ. records Hunt, S. S GovtOp&Sec 3/6/2015 3/19/2015 Mar 19 Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Government Operations & Security at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)  
HB 1322 State retirement plans Reykdal S Ways & Means 3/5/2015 2/5/2015 Feb 5 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM.  
EHB 1513 Local infrastructure areas Springer S Trade & Economi 3/12/2015 2/23/2015 Feb 23 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM.  
SHB 1576 Annexed areas/sales & use tx Fitzgibbon S Ways & Means 3/9/2015 2/25/2015 Feb 25 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM. SB 5864(S2nd Reading)
ESHB 1740 Health coverage through PEBB Appleton S Health Care 3/11/2015 2/25/2015 Feb 25 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 1:30 PM. SB 5731(SHealth Care)
SHB 1919 Special elections, timing of Hunt, S. S GovtOp&Sec 3/13/2015 2/18/2015 Feb 18 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on State Government at 8:00 AM.  
EHB 2084 State-required reports Hunter S GovtOp&Sec 3/12/2015 2/24/2015 Feb 24 Executive action taken in the House  Committee on Finance at 8:00 AM.  
HB 2158 Spec purpose tx distrct T.O. Carlyle H Finance 2/19/2015      
               
SB 5076 Operating sup budget 2015 Hill S Ways & Means 1/13/2015     HB 1105(Hsubst for)
SB 5077 Operating budget 2015-2017 Hill S Ways & Means 1/13/2015 1/14/2015 Jan 14 Public hearing in the Senate  Committee on Ways & Means at 3:30 PM. HB 1106(HApprops)
SSB 5138 Notice and review processes Roach H Local Govt 3/9/2015 3/17/2015 Mar 17 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Local Government at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change) HB 1250(HRules C)
SSB 5294 School library & tech progs McAuliffe H Education 2/26/2015 3/12/2015 Mar 12 Public hearing in the House  Committee on Education at 8:00 AM. HB 1331(HRules X)
SSB 5348 Joint utilization contracts Miloscia H State Governmen 3/3/2015 3/19/2015 Mar 19 Scheduled for executive session in the House  Committee on State Government at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 1079(HRules X)
SSB 5463 Cultural & heritage programs Hill H Comm Dev, Housi 3/6/2015 3/17/2015 Mar 17 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Community Development and Housing & Tribal Affairs at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change) HB 1107(HRules C)
SB 5466 PEBB benefits eligibility Becker H Approps 3/5/2015 3/16/2015 Mar 16 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
SSB 5721 Expanded learning opp’s cncl Billig H Education 3/13/2015 2/17/2015 Feb 17 Executive action taken in the Senate  Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 1:30 PM.  
SSB 5730 Access roads utilized by DNR Pearson H Ag & Nat Res 3/5/2015 3/19/2015 Mar 19 Scheduled for public hearing in the House  Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 1:30 PM. (Subject to change)  
SB 6018 Rural cnty library districts Fain S GovtOp&Sec 2/17/2015     HB 2145(HLocal Govt)

2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 3/6/2015

Friday, March 6th, 2015 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | No Comments »


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 2/27/2015

Friday, February 27th, 2015 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | No Comments »


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.

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2015 Proposed Legislation Affecting Libraries 2/20/2015

Friday, February 20th, 2015 Posted in For Libraries, For the Public, Updates | No Comments »


Courtesy of the Legislative Planning Committee, Washington Library Association Library Related Legislation. The Washington Library Association (WLA) tracks state legislative activity that will potentially affect Washington Libraries. Their tracker is posted weekly on this blog.

For information on the legislative process or becoming involved, see the WLA site referenced above.12345