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The final version SB 1 includes the $3.75 million request to enhance library services across the state in the state library’s budget. Two floor amendments impacting the state library were approved in the House version of SB 1.  The first by Rep. Guillen would add $5 million to the TexShare and TexQuest programs from federal education relief funds.  The second by Rep. Swanson, would require TSLAC to verify that schools are CIPA compliant to participate in TexQuest.  Both of those amendments were removed by the conference committee.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

SB1, the appropriations bill, funds the Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) at about $3million less than the agency requested in it’s Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) in October. However, this reduction will not impact staffing or any programmatic areas at the state library.

In addition to the operating budget request, the agency included three exceptional item requests:

  • $1.4 million for architectural and engineering designs and plans to expand the State Records Center, which will reach capacity in five years.
  • $3.75 million for the Texans Need Strong Libraries initiative to enhance quality library services across the state. This item includes:
    • $1.5 million to support work initiatives (digital literacy, entrepreneurship, small-business development, STEM learning, and workforce training programs)
    • $1 million to support digital inclusion (grants for equipment, devices and outreach technologies and solutions to support community internet access)
    • $1 million to continue access to affordable e-resources for work and study (TexQuest and TexShare)
    • $250,000 to increase digital access to primary resources (hire two archivists to help process the backlog of valuable Texas archives)
  • $25.2 million to complete construction on the expansion of the State Records Center to achieve a 25-year solution for adequate storage of archives and administrative records.

The TLA Legislative Committee voted to support TSLAC’s budget request, including all exceptional items, with priority given to the Texas Needs Strong Libraries initiative.

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Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

SB 1, the appropriations bill, includes $212,048 for OER grants and $250,000 for maintenance of OERTX, the OER repository for the biennium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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