[nfbwatlk] FW: hearing on House Bill 2033

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Tue Mar 29 21:11:39 CDT 2011

Fellow Federationists:


I believe Mike Mello has already apprised you of the issue discussed below.
Basically, there's another attempt to break up the State Library, ultimately
resulting in a twenty percent reduction to its budget.  This would adversely
affect WTBBL.  If you can make it to Olympia for the hearing Thursday
morning at eight o'clock, the WCB has a bus coming from Seattle.  I urge
those who can to attend the hearing.


We are all in this together on this one.


Mike Freeman, President

NFB of Washington



From: wcb-l-bounces at wcbinfo.org [mailto:wcb-l-bounces at wcbinfo.org] On Behalf
Of Denise Colley
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 6:26 PM
To: wcb list
Subject: [Wcb-l] hearing on House Bill 2033


I wanted to let everyone know that last Wednesday, March 23, HB2033 was
introduced in the House that would take the State Library out of the
Secretary of State's office and  place it in a newly created combined
Department of Heritage, Arts and Culture.  This would also reduce the
Library's budget by 20%.  There is concern that some parts of the State
Library's mission may not be a good fit under the Heritage, Arts and Culture
umbrella, and one of those is the Washington Talking Book and Braille
Library.  We don't want the State Library moved to another agency.   

A hearing is set for this Thursday, March 31, before the State Government &
Tribal Affairs committee in House Hearing Room E at 8:00 a.m.


We are trying to get as many people to the hearing as we can. We are
chartering a bus to leave Seattle at 5:30AM.  If you live in the Seattle
area and would be available to come with us we still have room on the bus.
You will need to contact Sue Ammeter before noon tomorrow if you would like
to make this most important trip to Olympia.  Please call her at
360-437-7916.  It's important that we have a good representation and we let
this committee know we do not support this bill.


I hope to see a lot of you in Olympia.



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