Sample Legislation: Special Legislative District Public Libraries

Every State bill to create a Special legislative District Public library is different because of the need to describe unique aspects of the public library district involved. However, the bills do include certain consistent elements that that can serve as a guide to constructing a bill for your proposed district. These common elements are highlighted in the link to the 2005 bill that authorized a local election to create a public library district in the Jamestown, NY area. Though the local vote to create the district did not pass, the legislation can be used as a sample. Several other examples of public library district legislation are listed below.

Additional examples of state legislation to create library districts can be found by contacting libraries that have gone through the process successfully, as well as those who have tried and failed.

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