A bill that would change funding for public libraries in Kansas has stalled after library advocates spoke against it.

A bill that would change funding for public libraries in Kansas has stalled after library advocates spoke against it.
The bill would make it optional for cities to fund public libraries. Currently, library funding is a requirement.
Opponents said if cities choose not to provide funds, libraries could be devastated and even closed down.
“It would be a terrific blow,” said Steve Read, director of the McPherson Public Library. “It would also hurt the regional library systems.”
The bill has not made any progress since March 14, according to its history on the Kansas State Legislature website. Rep. Don Schroeder, who represents Moundridge in the Kansas legislature, said it is unlikely the bill will make any progress this year.
“I attended the committee when they discussed 2719 about a week ago and it was recognized that the library portion was a large part of the bill and should be removed,” he said. “The discussion soon ended and I am not aware that 2719 has seen any further action.”