October 8, 2011
TO: CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS
FROM: Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist
RE: News From the Capitol
GOVERNOR SIGNS LIBRARY “OUTSOURCING” BILL
This afternoon, Saturday, October 8, Governor Brown signed AB 438 (Williams), the controversial library outsourcing measure CLA has been closely monitoring all year. There was no signing message issued.
The bill, as sent to the Governor, would “impose requirements on a city or library district that intends to withdraw from a county free library system and operate libraries with a private contractor.”
AB 438, as you may recall, is sponsored by the Ventura Reader’s Book Group and was supported by a number of major employee union organizations, including SEIU, California Labor Federation, California Teachers Association, as well as several Friends of the Library groups. It was opposed by the League of Cities, Chamber of Commerce, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, LSSI, and numerous individual cities. During debate on the bill, the supporters argued for the protection of jobs and for more public input on the decision to outsource, while the opposition argued that the “practical effect of the bill was to ban cities from contracting out services, which likely means staff layoffs and branch closures.”
The Governor has until midnight tomorrow to sign or veto the remaining bills on his desk that were sent to him during the close of the 2011 session.