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          Bill No:  SB 683
          Author:   Wolk (D)
          Vote:     21  

           SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE:  8-0, 4/15/15
           AYES:  Liu, Huff, Block, Hancock, Leyva, Mendoza, Pan, Vidak


           SUBJECT:   Public library services:  foundation program

          SOURCE:    Author

          DIGEST:  This bill modifies the definition of the "foundation  
          program" thereby authorizing the use of funds for this purpose  
          to include technology services provided by public libraries, for  
          the purchase of equipment and payment of fees for major capital  
          projects, and makes other technical changes.

          ANALYSIS:  Existing law declares that each public library  
          provide a minimum level of service, known as the foundation  
          program, to the extent state funds are made available.  Existing  
          law defines the foundation program as those elements of library  
          services 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 specifically excludes "major capital improvements" from the  
          foundation program, defined as the purchase of real property,  
          the construction or improvement of buildings and the purchase of  


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          the equipment and the payment of fees or other costs in  
          connection with the same.  (Education Code 18013 and 18015)

          Existing law establishes the Public Library Fund for the  
          purposes of funding the foundation program for public libraries.  
           (EC  18024)

          This bill expands the use of funds for the purposes of the  
          library foundation program.  Specifically, this bill:   

          1)Adds technology to the list of services provided by public  
            libraries deemed an element of the foundation program.

          2)Deletes the exclusion of the cost of equipment and fees  
            related to major capital projects from the foundation program  
            thereby potentially expanding the elements of the foundation  
            program to include these costs.  

          3)Makes other non-substantive technical changes. 

           NOTE:  See the Senate Education Committee analysis for a full  
                 discussion of this bill.
          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:YesLocal:   No

          SUPPORT:   (Verified4/27/15)

          None received

          OPPOSITION:   (Verified4/27/15)

          None received


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          Prepared by:Olgalilia Ramirez / ED. / (916) 651-4105
          4/28/15 15:31:14

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