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Department of State Legislation

State Aid to Public Libraries Grant

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development

  • Proposed Budget
  • Jan 29: Chair proposed approx. $17.3 million in state aid combined with additional library funding of approx. $4 million. This total reaches the combined total needed to meet Maintenance of Effort to draw full federal LSTA funding.
  • Moves to Senate Appropriations Committee

 

House TED (Transportation & Economic Development) Appropriations Subcommittee:

  • Proposed Budget (p. 378)
  • Jan. 28: Chair proposed additional nonrecurring funding for State-Aid to libraries which would maintain the current year funding level ($21.8M); combined with additional library funding items of approx. $4 million. This total reaches the combined total needed to meet Maintenance of Effort to draw full federal LSTA funding.
  • Moves to House Appropriations Committee

 

Public Library Construction Grant

  • No proposed amount in House budget
  • $2 million presented in Senate budget

 

Multi-type Library Cooperatives

Clean-up Bills

SB 1570 (Perry) Division of Library and Information Services; Removing the date by which the division must submit an annual report regarding the allocation of library funding to the Chief Financial Officer; revising the duties and responsibilities of the division in the administration of the Florida State Archives; revising the duties and responsibilities of the division in the administration of the records and information management program; removing a limitation on the annual grant amount that the administrative unit of a library cooperative may receive from the state for purposes of sharing library resources, etc.

SENATE - On Committee agenda-- Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development, 02/13/20, 12:30 pm, 110 Senate Building

HB 1455 (Rodriguez) Division of Library and Information Services; Revises duties of Division of Library & Information Services, State Archives, records & information management program, & library cooperative grants.

HOUSE - Favorable by Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee; YEAS 11 NAYS 0
HOUSE - Now in State Affairs Committee

Smart Horizons Career Online High School

Senate Form 2029 (Stargel) $2M funding request. Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), a Florida-based, AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited online school district, partners with public libraries across Florida to offer a career-based, adult high school diploma program designed to prepare adults for transition into the workplace

HB 3885 (Latvala, (CO-SPONSORS) Polsky) $2M funding request. Provides an appropriation for the Online Workforce-Based Adult High School Program.

Local Funding Requests

S1552

HB3103

Wakulla County Library - High Risk Shelter (PDF) Montford $12,000,000 Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development 

S1620

HB3781

African American History Museum and Library - Palm Beach (PDF) Powell $410,000 Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development 
1989 Backup Generators - Branch Libraries and Community Centers - Leon (PDF) Montford $800,000 Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development 
1990 Wind Mitigation Studies - Branch Libraries and Community Centers - Leon (PDF) Montford $200,000 Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development 
2029 Online Adult High School Program for State of Florida Library System (PDF) Stargel $2,000,000 Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development 
2547 Construct Clsrm, Lab, & Library Bldg-Blount (PDF) Perry $17,689,656 Appropriations 
HB2765 City of Safety Harbor Public Library Expansion Grant $2,000,000 Appropriations

 

FL Department of State Public Library Construction Grants

 

The Value of Public Libraries

 

Contact

Eric Head, FLA President, [email protected]

Renae Rountree, FLA Advocacy & Legislative Committee Chair, [email protected]

Robert Stuart, Jr., Lobbyist, GrayRobinson

Lisa O'Donnell, CAE, FLA Executive Director, [email protected]