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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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Introduced by   Representatives Brooks of Montpelier, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Audette of S. Burlington, Botzow of Pownal, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Clarkson of Woodstock, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Deen of Westminster, Emmons of Springfield, Evans of Essex, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hutchinson of Randolph, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Lorber of Burlington, McDonald of Berlin, Milkey of Brattleboro, Mitchell of Barnard, Peaslee of Guildhall, Shand of Weathersfield, Trombley of Grand Isle and Valliere of Barre City

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Legislative study; public libraries

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to create a legislative interim 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 INTERIM 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 interim 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, 2008.

(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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