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County Library Planning, Funding, and Related Issues

Legislative changes during the past two decades have made the role of Wisconsin's counties even more vital to the development of our state's public libraries.  In 1998 Governor Thompson signed SB 269 which became law as 1997 Act 150. The provisions in this law that have had the greatest impact are those relating to county library planning and funding.  In 2006 Governor Doyle signed SB 272 which became law as 2005 Act 420.  Among other changes, this bill extended county library funding requirements to libraries in adjacent counties.  And most recently, in 2014  Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill 288 which became law as 2013 Act 157.  The provisions in this law relate to consolidated county public library funding and non-resident library use.

 

For questions about this information, contact Shannon Schultz (608) 266-7270