Introduced by Representatives Brooks of Montpelier, Allaire of Rutland City, Brennan of Colchester, Chen of Mendon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Cross of Winooski, Dates of Shelburne, Endres of Milton, Fallar of Tinmouth, Frank of Underhill, Haas of Rochester, Howard of Rutland City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Louras of Rutland City, Maier of Middlebury, Martin of Springfield, Niquette of Colchester, Nuovo of Middlebury, O’Donnell of Vernon, Pillsbury of Brattleboro and Trombley of Grand Isle
Subject: Legislative study; public libraries
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to create a legislative summer committee to study the impact of Vermont’s public libraries on increased literacy, computer and internet access, and adult and child resources and services.
AN ACT RELATING TO A LEGISLATIVE SUMMER STUDY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC LIBRARIES
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC LIBRARIES
(a) There is created a legislative summer study committee to study the impact of Vermont’s public libraries on their communities and the impact that the communities have on their libraries.
(b) The committee shall consist of three members of the senate appointed by the committee on committees and three members of the house appointed by the speaker of the house, the state librarian or designee, and four members selected by the Vermont library association. The committee shall elect a chair from among its members.
(c) The committee shall document the full range of services provided by public libraries and the impact that these services have on their patrons and communities; and consider at what level financial support is needed for public libraries so that they can meet the increased demands of Vermont’s citizens.
(d) The committee may meet up to eight times.
(e) Administrative and professional support shall be provided by the legislative council and the department of libraries.
(f) The committee shall submit to the general assembly a report that details its analysis, findings, and recommendations, including recommended appropriations, by January 15, 2007.
(g) Legislative members shall be entitled to compensation and reimbursement for travel expenses as provided in section 406 of Title 2.
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