Legislative Bulletins #7 and #8

Legislative Bulletin #7

  • Governor Martinez signed SB 53 and HB 55
    • She did not line-item veto any of the library projects in HB 55.
    • Read SB 53
    • Read HB 55

Legislative Bulletin #8

  • Final Outcome of Capital Outlay Bill
    • Governor Martinez signed SB 53, the General Obligation Bond Bill
  • She also signed HB 55
    • She line-item veto some projects including three library projects
    • Read more about the final HB 55


Library Bond Bill Passes

  • House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 53, the General Obligation Bond Bill
    • Passes 64-0
    • Now SB 53 goes to Governor to be signed
      • Will put 3 separate bond issues on the November General Election ballot
      • $17 million to fund 189 separate projects at senior centers in NM
      • $11 million to fund public, tribal, academic and school libraries in NM
      • $141 million for 30 higher education and special school projects statewide (Golden Library and Zollinger Library included)
      • No change made from original bill in the amounts allocated to the four types of libraries
      • Click here to read the bill in its entirety.

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NMLA Legislative Bulletin #5

  • Legislative Session ends February 20th.
  • Senate Bill 53
  • Revised in SFC and passed 8-0
    • Word “supplemental” added to higher education paragraph
  • This bill also includes $11 mill project for Golden Library an ENMU and $1 mill project for Zollinger Library at UNM Gallup
    • Included in Higher Education Bond Issue, Bond C
    • For improvements/renovations/updates to said libraries
  • Passed in Senate 40-0
    • Now goes to House vote
  • View bill text and versions at Open States

GO Bond Bulletin #4


NMLA Legislative Day

  • Mid-point February 5th
    • Last day to introduce new bills
  • 75 supporters of libraries attended opening ceremonies in both galleries

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Library Legislative Day

NMLA Legislative Day will be Thursday, January 30th, 2014. Please ask library supporters, including your local board members and friends groups to save the date and plan to be there. Support Libraries

We will meet towards the west end of the rotunda, near the sculpture of the venerable David Cargo, to distribute buttons and information. We will be using the yellow “Support Libraries” buttons provided by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library Advisory Board and by NMCAL.

Read more about New Mexico Library Legislative Day in the NMLA January/February 2014 Newsletter.

Unofficial Results from the NM Secretary of State

Click here for unofficial election results from the New Mexico Secretary of State.

Election Day 2012, Vote for GO Bond B!

Advocating Javelinas photo by Susan Beck, NMSU Library

Support Bond B with No Property Tax Increase!


Voting for Bond B in the 2012 general election will not result in any increase in property taxes for any New Mexico property owner.

Support Bond B with no tax increase!

According to the New Mexico State Board of Finance,

“The maximum size of the bonds is $140.2 million.  Based on current projections, the State Board of Finance estimates that this is the maximum bond size that can be issued while keeping the State property tax mill levy roughly flat at the current rate of 1.36 mills.  If all three ballots are approved by the voters in November 2012, the average cost to the owner of a property worth $100,000 over a 10-year period will be $8.04 per year.  Of that $8.04 average cost per year, $6.88 is attributable to the higher education ballot, $0.59 to the senior facilities ballot, and $0.56 to the library acquisitions ballot.  Absent voter approval of the ballots, the State property tax mill rate could be expected to decline slightly.”

                    The annual cost of GO Bond B, $0.56, is part of a                         total bond cost that will keep property tax levels flat.

Share your GO Bond B Photos

Although this year’s photo contest is over, it is not too late to share your photos!  Kudos to the NMSU Library for the latest photo submission.  Contact bondsforlibraries@gmail.com with any questions.

Support Libraries with a Yes on GO Bond B!

Voters’ Guide from League of Women Voters

The Voters’ Guide by the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico is now available.  Click here to access the PDF.

New Table Tent to Promote GO Bond

Support GO Bond B for little more than the cost of a stamp.

Help us support GO Bond B!  Download and print out table tents to remind your patrons about GO Bond B.  The file is intended for 11×17 paper, but sizes nicely when printed on letter-size paper.