Good news! The bills passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate in time for the cross-over to the other house. This is a very good sign!
Even once the bills are finalized and passed, the changes will not be immediate. There will be a transition period. More information will be shared as it become available.
A big thank you to everyone who contacted their elected officials! I encourage you to contact them again to say thank you for their support. You can use Engage to send a simple email.
Your advocacy is needed to build support for SB0587 and HB1094!
Maryland Advisory Council and Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators are sponsoring a bill to reposition the administrative structure of the State Library Agency (DLDS) within the Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland. This bill is the result of more than 10 years of careful consideration, conversations, and debate among public libraries and library support groups.
If passed, the bill, SB0587 with cross-file HB1094, will allow the State Library Agency to have a more articulated vision and the flexibility to meet the needs of public libraries and the communities they serve. Talking Points are available to give more details and background information.
Your advocacy is needed! Please take the time to contact your legislators and ask them to strengthen Maryland Public Libraries by voting for SB0587 / HB1094. Use the pre-written letter available to contact your legislators. Feel free to add to the message using the Talking Points or to personalize it with your story. Check the Senate bill and House bill and be sure to thank any of your legislators who have co-sponsored the bill. You can also see if your elected official is serving any of the committees that will be hearing the bills in early March–Senate Budget & Tax, Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs or House Ways & Means.
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Thanks in advance for any advocacy you can provide!
Published November 20, 2009
Tags: Board of Public Works, Budget, Division of Library Development and Services, DLDS, FY2010, LBPH, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Maryland, Maryland Department of Education, MSDE
On Wednesday, the Board of Public Works approved the latest round of mid-year budget cuts. Public libraries were not targeted in this round; however, state employees throughout various departments are loosing their jobs. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is loosing a total of eight positions. Six of the positions are vacant, but two are currently filled. The Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) lost one position at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
For more details about the cuts, see the Governor’s Office press release, which contains links to a complete list and a summary of budget actions.