Testimony in Suppport of A1314/S1803

 

TESTIMONY

 OF PATRICIA A. TUMULTY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NEW JERSEY LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

In SUPPORT of A1314/S1803

BEFORE THE SENATE COMMUNITY AND URBAN AFFAIRS COMMITTE

 

MARCH 17, 2014

 

 

 

 

On behalf of the members of the New Jersey Library Association, I want to thank Assemblywomen Quijano and Huttle and Senator VanDrew for sponsoring this legislation.

 

FY15 State Budget

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