Conference Committee Process on HB 1 (The State’s Appropriations Bill)
A select committee of key senators and representatives is meeting to finalize negotiations on the state budget. These lawmakers form the Conference Committee on HB 1 (the state budget), and they will hammer out differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget.
While both versions of the budget already contain important funding for library programs and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, two key points must be resolved: 1) the additional funding requested for TexShare/TexQuest (i.e., “Shared Digital Content” exceptional item request) and 2) a targeted salary adjustment request made by the agency for certain staff positions.
The priority message for library advocates at this time:
Urge adoption of the House version of the budget proposal for the State Library (Article 1) which provides $6 million in funding for the Shared Digital Content Exceptional Item (this is the item that covers additional funding for TexShare and TexQuest) and the $900,000 salary adjustment request.