Urgent! HB 2719 moving forward

By , 03/17/2016

Hello Kansas Librarians,

We have just found out that HB 2719 is going to be worked in committee tomorrow at 8 am.

“HB2719 is going to be worked” means amendments may be offered and voted on before the bill is brought to a vote in committee. Those amendments could include removing the regional library systems from the bill, and changing bill language.

But it is urgently important that you reach out to those on the House Taxation Committee, especially if one is your representative, indicating the bill’s negative effects on libraries. That could help possible amendments pass if the committee hears from constituents.

Specifically, the negative impact on the regional library systems and also the potential danger to local library funding through the weakening of the language requiring cities to fund their libraries. They are changing the state statute from the “city shall levy a tax for the maintenance of the library ” to the “city may levy a tax for the maintenance of the library ”

Here’s the committee page where you can find the emails:
http://kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/committees/ctte_h_tax_1/

Time is of the essence! Please reach out as soon as possible!

Eric Gustafson
KLA Governmental Affairs

3 Responses to “Urgent! HB 2719 moving forward”

  1. Holly says:

    Our library is awesome. They do so much for all our kids. I take my daycare kids there 2 times a week for educational groups. My own children who are middle schoolers go to art there. That is a hug deal for our town because it is not offered at school for them. If this bill goes through I’m not sure how much they would be able to do for our community and kids.

  2. Susan Knapp says:

    Get ready for robo calls to voters against libraries, financed by the Koch brothers. They used this trick to their advantage in Plainfield, Illinois where a library project that was well planned and supported got stricken. Get wise to these tactics, Kansans! The Kochs want a kingdom that supports only the lowest paying jobs. One way to accomplish that is to take away people’s access to knowledge. It’s a centuries old ploy used to dominate people: ‘Do not educate the peasants, lest they learn and revolt!’

  3. Virginia Anziani says:

    I hate this! Libraries are wonderful, magical places. I was desperately poor as a child, but my mother took us to the library sometimes 2-3 times. We never left without armloads of books. My mother had a 4th grade education, but had been taught to read well, and fostered that love of reading with us. If there is anything I can do—sign petitions, contact representatives, send money, please let me know.

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