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Susan Dillinger sent in News That the Florida House and Senate agree: Keep state library in Tallahassee.
The House sent a message to Gov. Jeb Bush by agreeing with the Senate that
the State Library should stay in Tallahassee. One of the handful of
amendments to the House appropriations bill approved today retains the
current staffing for the library and cuts the $2 million that would have
been used this year to move the $10 million collection to Nova Southeastern
University in Fort Lauderdale.
The transfer was one of Bush's budget priorities, but it encountered stiff
opposition from library lovers statewide. Because the action matches what's
in the Senate budget, it takes the issue off the table during upcoming
"We'll be sending a message that we heard the many voices of the people of
the state of Florida," said Rep. Loranne Ausley, D-Tallahassee, who
co-sponsored an amendment keeping the library along with Rep. Bev Kilmer,