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Brown signs bill restricting library privatization

Posted: October 8, 2011 9:10 p.m.
Updated: October 8, 2011 9:10 p.m.

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, private companies would be required to prove that they would save taxpayers money should they take over a public library.

AB 438 by Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara is designed to restrict the privatization of public libraries.

Williams has said that some public libraries have decided to let private, for-profit companies run the libraries and the new library service providers often impose new fees on taxpayers while diminishing the quality of library services.

Lawmakers who opposed the measure say it interferes with decisions that are best handled by local governments because they will be the ones who ultimately answer to local residents.



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