2000 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Callahan
JLARC Study of Public Library Formula (language only)

Item 20 #4h

Item 20 #4h

Legislative Department
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

Page 14, after line 58, insert:
"G.  The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission shall conduct a review of the formula used to allocate state funds for aid to local libraries, as set forth in §41.1-48, Code of Virginia, to ensure that the formula is an equitable means for distributing aid among public libraries in Virginia.  The review should recognize changes in funding patterns among local governments and technological changes in library services.  The review also should consider current population caps used in the formula and their impact on urban libraries.  The Commission shall report its finding and recommendations to the Governor and the chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by October 2, 2000."

(This amendment calls for a JLARC review of the formula used to distribute state aid to public libraries. The current formula may not appropriately reflect population changes and circulation volume at public libraries.)