Online petition solicits library funding support

first_img Online petition solicits library funding support Uncertainty about restoring funding for courthouse law libraries has inspired Bob Riger, executive director of the Miami-Dade County Law Library, to launch an online petition on its Web site to gather signatures of people who care about saving county law libraries.Go to www.mdc11.org and click on the link for the petition (or read it at www.petition online.com/vbnm).Riger created the petition through his affiliation with Florida State Court Law Libraries, Inc. The purpose it to urge legislators to restore civil filing fees that historically funded county law libraries. Funding for law libraries became uncertain because Revision 7 to Article V legislation passed last year does away with the mechanism of how most law libraries at county courthouses are financed through civil filing fees.The issue was reported in a story in the February 1 Florida Bar News. (Available on the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org). Several lawmakers said they want to fund law libraries, but there were unsure about how to accomplish that and what the quality and quantity of those law libraries would be while wrangling with many details of court funding legislation.“When we have collected ‘enough’ signatures, we will forward the results to the appropriate lawmakers throughout the state,” said Riger.“The purpose of the online petition is two-fold: to generate more signatures statewide in a briefer time period, before our funding runs out, and to set up a central repository for all petitions collected statewide.” March 1, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img Online petition solicits library funding supportlast_img

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