2017: The 85th LegislatureSB 810 by Senator Kolkhorst relating to increased use of Open Educational Resources at the college and university level.
Funding for the TSLAC Broadband Initiative ($1 million) was appropriated.
Have previous years’ actions by the state legislature affect your budget, the services you offer, your job?
We're librarians--we understand tight budgets! However, advocacy for libraries is vital, and every little bit helps. You can even set up a monthly donation.
The TL PAC is nonpartisan. We support Republicans and Democrats who are friendly to libraries and who have the power to promote our issues. And, you can go to our website and see who received contributions.
Things are not going to get better if we just sit on our butts and wring our hands. To quote Joe McCord (a very wise man): TL-PAC proves to legislators that we care enough about our libraries to do more than talk.
Since 2012, Robbie Sheffy (sister of Cyd Sheffy, former TL-PAC President) has created a quilt for the PAC to raffle off at the TLA Annual Conference. These quilts have raised more than $25,000 for the PAC.
The 2019 quilt features an original design called Ballot Box. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase during the conference, and the raffle drawing will be held before the closing luncheon.
The PAC also solicits contributions at the Legislative Luncheon held during Annual Assembly and at the fall TLA District Meetings.
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TL-PAC, the first library-oriented political action committee in the nation, was established in 1980. Since then TL-PAC has contributed more than $350,000 to the campaigns of state legislators and candidates who support the interests and needs of Texas libraries and Texas library users. Recipients of TL-PAC funds are chosen by the executive board. Voting records and member recommendations are the sole criteria used by the board.
The Texas Library Association is the largest state library association in the U.S. It’s 6,000+ members represent all library types: academic, public, school and special.
EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types.