HB 1501 Aid to public libraries.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)
Aid to public libraries. Repeals the provision capping the costs incurred by the Library Board in administering aid to public libraries and “providing other public library extension functions” at 30 percent of appropriations. Since 1936, the Commonwealth has declared in statute its library policy "as part of its provision for public education, . . to promote the establishment and development of public library service throughout its various political subdivisions." To support this policy, the Library Board is to administer, from such funds as are appropriated, state grants for the development of library services. Available to any free public library or library system qualifying under Board standards, these state grants are to encourage not only the maintenance of appropriate library standards, but also the consolidation of libraries or library systems into "larger and more economical units of service." Calculated pursuant to a statutory formula, grant amounts may be based on local matching funds, local population, or a geographic service area.

Full text:
01/13/99  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 12/18/98 992707204  pdf
02/16/99  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1501ER)  pdf
03/09/99  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0024)  pdf

01/13/99  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 12/18/98 992707204
01/13/99  House: Referred to Committee on Education
01/18/99  House: Reported from Education (24-Y 0-N)
01/18/99  House: Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/99  House: Reported from Appropriations (30-Y 0-N)
01/29/99  House: Read first time
02/01/99  House: Read second time and engrossed
02/03/99  House: Read third time and passed House (99-Y 1-N)
02/03/99  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 1-N)
02/03/99  House: Communicated to Senate
02/04/99  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/99  Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/10/99  Senate: Reported from General Laws (15-Y 0-N)
02/11/99  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/11/99  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (39-Y 0-N)
02/12/99  Senate: Read third time
02/12/99  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/99  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (40-Y 0-N)
02/16/99  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1501ER)
02/22/99  House: Enrolled
02/22/99  House: Signed by Speaker
02/23/99  Senate: Signed by President
03/04/99  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 24 (effective 7/1/99)
03/09/99  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0024)