30 March 2011

Washington State Library Possible 20% Funding Reduction -- Public Hearing, 31 March 2011

Genealogists should be aware of a bill (HB 2033) that has been introduced in the House to create a new Department of Heritage, Arts, and Culture which would include the Washington State Library but not the Archives and reduce their funding by an estimated 20%. As you know the Secretary of State has been a strong supporter of genealogists and this would remove that support.
For more information you can go to this website: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?year=2011&bill=2033

If you are close enough to
Olympia, you can attend the public hearing on Thursday, 31 March 2011. Otherwise, you may wish to voice your opinion to the sponsors and Committee on State Government and Tribal Affairs.

Alma Greenwood,
Membership Chair
Washington State
Genealogical Society

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