House Bill 1343 is will be heard in
Senate Local Government 3/14
– ILF sincerely appreciates the amendments to HB1343 in response to our concerns. However, we continue to oppose HB1343 in its current form. Current law and rules provides processes for addressing local issues. HB1343 enables one elected body to subvert the authority of other elected bodies or across a jurisdictional boundary, allowing one appointing body to cut a budget and levy set by a library board comprised of appointees from multiple elected bodies. The bill lacks a notice provision for intent to pass a resolution. Current law provides for public input, review and reporting for library finances. We agree that taxpayer stewardship, accountability and transparency are paramount. We look forward to working with legislators on a solution for all communities
What YOU can do:
- Senator meetings - Library directors and Board members are reaching out to State Senators to explain concerns about how HB1343 might play out in their communities. See ILF's Contacting Legislators about Library-Related Bills (3/1/19 version).
- Local Champions - Are you a champion of your local public library? Do you have a relationship with a legislator? Reach out to your library to see how you can help. Or contact your state senator.
- Your Impact Story - The arguments about this bill are emotional. What is your library's impact in the community? Any discussion of HB1343 should be coupled with strong impact stories.