Senate BillNo. 683


Introduced by Senator Wolk

February 27, 2015


An act to amend Section 18015 of the Education Code, relating to public libraries.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 683, as introduced, Wolk. Public library services: foundation program.

Existing law declares that certain provisions relating to public library finance effects a state policy that each public library provide a minimum level of service, known as the foundation program, to the extent state funds are made available for that purpose. Existing law defines the foundation program as those elements of library service which are basic to its function as a provider of information, education, and cultural enrichment to all segments of the community, including, but not limited to, collection development and maintenance, lending services, information services, facility maintenance, and administration. Existing law excludes from the foundation program major capital improvements, which, for purposes of these provisions, is defined as the purchase of real property, the construction or improvement of buildings, and the purchase of equipment and the payment of fees or other costs in connection with the same.

This bill would include technology services in the definition of the foundation program. The bill would also exclude from the meaning of major capital improvements, the purchase of equipment and the payment of fees or other costs in connection with the same.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 18015 of the Education Code is amended
2to read:

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18015.  

As used in this chapter:

4(a) “Public library” means a library, or two or more libraries,
5operated as a single entity by one or more public jurisdictions and
6begin delete which serveend deletebegin insert that servesend insert the general public without distinction.

7(b) “Foundation program” means those elements of library
8servicebegin delete whichend deletebegin insert thatend insert are basic to its function as a provider of
9information, education, and cultural enrichment to all segments
10of the community, including, but not limited to, collection
11development and maintenance, lending services, informationbegin insert and
12technologyend insert
services, facility maintenance, and administration. The
13foundation program shall not include major capital improvements,
14which, for purposes of this chapter, shall be defined as the purchase
15of realbegin delete property,end deletebegin insert property andend insert the construction or improvement of
16begin delete buildings, and the purchase of equipment and the payment of fees
17or other costs in connection with the same.end delete
begin insert buildings.end insert

18(c) “Fiscal officer” means, for a municipal library, the chief
19fiscal officer of the municipality; for a county library or a library
20district under the jurisdiction of the county board of supervisors,
21the chief fiscal officer of the county; and for an independent library
22district, the chief librarian of the district. In the case of a public
23librarybegin delete whichend deletebegin insert thatend insert provides foundation program service by contract
24to one or more jurisdictions in addition to the jurisdiction or
25jurisdictions with which it is affiliated, the chief fiscal officer of
26the jurisdiction with which it is primarily affiliated shall be deemed
27the fiscal officer for the public library forbegin delete theend delete purposes of this
28chapter.



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