Legislative Committee

Committee Officers:
Chair Ruben F. Aragon New Mexico Highlands University, Thomas C. Donnelly Library
Secretary Poppy Johnson-Renvall Central New Mexico Community College Library
Members Renee Goodvin Central New Mexico Community College Library
April Kent New Mexico Highlands University, Thomas C. Donnelly Library
Barbara Lovato University of New Mexico- Valencia
Kathleen Knoth University of New Mexico- Gallup
Katherine Terpis New Mexico State University
Legislative Committee Progress Reports
Priorities:

  • Provide updates for the 2022 initiative.
  • Advocate for the 2022 GO Bond.
  • Address concerns to State Legislators regarding the distribution of GO Bonds equability between academic, public, school and tribal libraries.
  • Work collaboratively with HED to clarify what are the eligibility criteria for academic libraries to receive library GO Bond funding and who administers the eligibility criteria.
  • Determine our charges for 2021-22.
Proposed 2021-2022 Charges:

  • Advocate (NM Legislature, Council of Presidents, Higher Education Department, etc.) for the New Mexico libraries GO Bond initiative for the 2022 legislative session.
  • To review¬†with the Higher Education Department an increase in the inflationary percentage of the funding formula.
  • Discuss, review, and begin to push for a legislative line item supplemental funding for New Mexico academic libraries.
  • Continue to pursue one-time funding for academic libraries.
  • Continue to collaborate¬†with NMLA on legislative matters impacting academic libraries in New Mexico.
  • Investigate and recommend to NMCAL members a potential collaborative project that could be funded out of biennial GO Bonds as a NMCAL-wide initiative.