House Report

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By State Representative Todd Russ

One of the recipients of the Fiscal Year 2019 state budget that has not gotten much fanfare but that deserves some recognition is the Department of Libraries. The department will get an additional $125,328 over Fiscal Year 2018. In all, the Department of Libraries will receive $4.483 million for the coming fiscal year.

The Department of Libraries serves as the official State Library of Oklahoma. It is responsible for providing information and records management services to state officials and employees as well as for assisting public library development throughout the state.

Department of Libraries funding falls under the category of education in the appropriations bill the Legislature passes each year. As chairman of the House Appropriations & Budget Subcommittee on Education, I fought for and helped secure this increase in funding for state libraries.


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