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Understanding SEA410, the new library law (2020)
Indiana Library Federation proactively led the development and successful legislative passage of SEA410, the new library law (a.k.a. PL88, effective 7/1/2020). Together, we secured unanimous support at each committee and floor vote on this piece of legislation! Key provisions of the law are:
  • Clarifies the threshold calculation on the cash balance of total tax-supported funds as a percentage of budget based on certified numbers in Gateway. This is the "fix" for the harmful language from HEA1343.
    • For background, review the related ILF Policy Priority Brief on library finances
    • See our prior Understanding SEA410 recording or view the slides.
    • ILF will provide its Library Institutional Members a cash calculation document upon request as well as other limited financial analysis. ILF's Budget Tactical Team is available to support ILF members.
  • Requires criminal history check policies by 12/31/2020 and adds libraries to the list of entities allowed to use Indiana State Police.
  • Adds a child receiving foster care services to the list of nonresident individuals for whom a library may provide a library card. 

Other provisions requested by ISL and DLGF

  • Changes term library to library territory.
  • REPORT YOUR FISCAL BODY TO ISL BY 10/1 - Requires the library to report its adopting fiscal body by October of 2020 and again if the library district or fiscal body changes.  See form from Indiana State Library as email by ISL dated 4/27/2020. See sample approach below.

After July 1 (not to confuse old law with new law), to begin this process, you might reach out to your fiscal body’s Board President and share something to the effect: "SEA410 becomes effective 7/1/2020. One of the requirements under this law is to officially declare the fiscal body which is responsible for binding review of the library’s budget in instances where binding review may be allowed or required under law. Some libraries/fiscal bodies have been unsure about the appropriate fiscal body, especially as library territories or cities/towns have changed through the years.  This is just an effort to clarify and make sure we’re all on the same page. To declare the fiscal body, we simply need the Library Board President and the Fiscal Body Board President to sign the attached form before October 1. No other action is needed. Once the form is completed, the Indiana State Library will capture a complete list of fiscal bodies to report to the IN Dept. of Local Government Finance to aid and answer questions for libraries undergoing the binding review process.  I am happy to answer questions. Thank you for your assistance."


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