2022 Legislative Session

Updated: May 17, 2022. 

 

2021 in the Rearview

In January 2021, we welcomed a new cohort of representatives at the New York State Capitol. From seasoned veterans to eager freshman, it was clear that their views and priorities were diverse.

This Summer, our state also welcomed a new Governor, Kathy Hochul. The 57th Governor to New York State will have a new administration and bring different energy to the marbled walls of the Capitol.

2021 Legislative Initiatives Page

 

The Year Ahead

In 2022, NYLA members will continue to have opportunities to speak up & act on issues that directly impact their community with State and Federal officials.

The Director of Governmental Relations & Advocacy will be working hand-in-hand with the Legislative Committee to determine issues and bills that members can impact through their advocacy. 

It’s time for libraries to be given the spotlight, and for the State to recognize who they are – community.

2021-2022 Advocacy Expansion FAQ

 

New Laws Affecting Libraries

Chapter 1

This law extends the current authorization for public bodies, including library boards, to meet remotely or by conference call for the remainder of the declared state of emergency.

 

Historic Documents

The State Budget

The final budget passed the Legislature over 7 days late on Saturday, April 9, 2022. It included:

  • Library Aid $99.6M
  • Library Construction $34M
  • Digital Inclusion $10M
  • Release of $150K Love Your Library Fund
  • Schomburg  Research Center $375K
  • Langston Hughes Community Library $112K
  • Establishment of the Working to Implement Reliable and Equitable Deployment of Broadband Act (WIRED)
  • Modifications to Open Meetings Law

 

The Assembly released their budget proposal on March 12, 2022. It includes:

  • Library Aid $106.1M
    • +10M increase from Executive
  • Library Construction $34M
    • Restoration to '21
  • DEI Funding $1.2M
  • Release of $150K Love Your Library Fund
  • Digital Inclusion Grant Funds 

Assembly Sign-on Letter for Library Budget

 

The Senate released their budget proposal on March 13, 2022. It includes:

  • Library Aid $123.1M
    • +27M increase from Executive
  • Library Construction $45M
    • +31M increase from Executive
  • DEI Funding $1.2M
  • Release of $150K Love Your Library Fund
  • Digital Inclusion Grant Funds

Senate Sign-on Letter for Library Budget

 

The Executive Budget was released on January 18, 2022. It includes:

Executive Budget Briefing Book

  • Library Aid $96.1M
    • +2M increase from '21
  • Library Construction $14M
    • -20M reduction from '21
  • Release of $150K Love Your Library Fund

 

Funding Initiatives

NYS Library Operating Aid: $123.1M

Increased aid is needed to support the foundational framework of New York State libraries, improving the lives of residents of all ages, abilities and economic status.

Adequate funding is needed to support school, public, and academic libraries and library systems.

Library Aid One Pager

History of Library Aid Chart 

Impact of Underfunding

 

Increase Per Pupil Rate for Library Materials Aid

The per pupil rate of $6.25 has remained stagnant since 2007. We are seeking an increase to the rate to reflect general inflation and the rising costs of materials in school libraries.

LMA One Pager

 

NYS Library Construction Aid: $45M

Increased investment is needed to maintain and develop the physical infrastructure of New York State’s libraries, in order to ensure a safe, accessible and sustainable environment for the future.

The New York State Library estimates the deferred maintenance need at over $1.5B.

Over half of New York’s libraries are over 60 years old.
Investments allow libraries to invest in energy-efficiency and support the local construction industry

Construction Aid One Pager

History of Construction Aid Chart

Board of Regents Support Memo

 

The Legislature

2022 Session Calendar

Senate Library Committee

Assembly Libraries & Education Technology Committee

New York State Senate Directory

New York State Assembly Directory

Senate Twitter Directory

Assembly Twitter Directory

New York State Senate Website

New York State Assembly Website

Out of the Race List (5/4/22)

 

Policy Initiatives

2022 Policy Initiaves One-Pager

One Pager +

Spring on the Hill Advocacy Debrief & Look Ahead

 

Construction Project Extension

This bill would provide libraries that have been impacted by COVID-19 and supply chain issues an additional two years (total of 6)  to complete their construction projects while maintaining their eligibility for state aid.

S8429 (Ryan)/A9487(Jean Pierre)

Ways & Means Committee 5/17 

Passed Senate 5/10. 

 

Book Fair Tax Exemption

This bill would make books, magazines, pamphlets and other items sold at school sponsored book fairs exempt from sales tax.

A861 (Cahill)

NYLA Support Memo

Referred to Assembly Ways & Means

 

Association Library Retirement Opt-In Option

This bill would allow association libraries that meet certain criteria the ability to join the New York State Retirement System upon approval of their board.

S5179A (Palumbo)/A5824A(Thiele)

Referred to Senate Civil Service & Pensions Committee.

Held for Consideration in Assembly Government Employees Committee 5/10. 

NYLA Support Memo

 

Media Literacy in New York State

These proposals address access, delivery and development.

S8213 (Ryan) / 6153A (Rosenthal) ML Professional Development

Referred to Senate & Assembly Education Committees

NYLA Support Memo

 

S8212 (Ryan)/A6225A (Rosenthal) LMS Requirement

Referred to Senate Libraries Committee & Assembly Education Committee

NYLA Support Memo

 

S8214A (Ryan)/A6142B (Rosenthal) Media Literacy Advisory Group

Referred to  Assembly Education Committee

Passed Senate Libraries Committee 3/9

NYLA Support Memo

 

S8215 (Ryan)/A8222 (Rosenthal) Media Literacy Standards

Referred to Senate & Assembly Education Committees

NYLA Support Memo

 

Supporting Documentation for Media Literacy

Formation of Media Literacy Coalition (Press Release)

The Importance of Media Literacy & Certified School Librarians Discussion (Youtube)

Student Advocates for Media Literacy (Youtube)

Media Literacy Profiles (Rack Card)

 

School Library Facility Modernization

The current regulation that defines a school library facility has not been updated in over twenty years. 

This proposal would address the antiquated metrics within NY-CRR 91.1 and insert characteristics associated with a successful, 21st century school library.

S6053 (Kaplan) / A6339 (Jensen)

Referred to Senate Libraries Committee & Assembly Education Committee

 

In the Works

OPEB Reserve Funds

NYLA is seeking eligibility for library systems and certain libraries within the State to create and contribute to a reserve fund for other post-employment benefits. 

Proposal pending. 

 

Permanent Reduction in Petition Signature Requirements

NYLA is seeking a decrease in the number of signatures needed for 414 library elections. 

Proposal pending. 

 

Miscellaneous

Double Taxation Survey

Requires two state agencies with the assistance of the library community to conduct a survey on the prevalence and fiscal impact of double taxation due to overlapping library districts.

S7857A (Skoufis) / A9448A (Stirpe)

NYLA Memo of Concern

Passed Senate Libraries Committee 5/11. Referred to Senate Finance Committee (Secondary).

Passed Assembly Libraries Committee 5/10. On Ways & Means Committee Agenda 5/17. 

 

Gold Coast Library Elections

Amends the Chapter for Gold Coast Library by extending when petitions are due from 13 days to 30 days.

S7611(Gaughran)/A8110(Lavine)

Passed Assembly Libraries Committee 5/10. On Assembly Rules Agenda 5/16. 

Passed Senate 3/22. 

 

Right to Repair Act

S4104 (Breslin)/A7006A (Fahy)

NYLA Support Memo

Passed Assembly Consumer Affairs. On Consumer Affairs Agenda 5/17. 

Referred to Senate Consumer Protection. 

There are nearly a dozen other initiatives currently in the research or draft phase. Check back throughout the year to learn more.