ELECTION UPDATE 2016
An unprecedented, and often acrimonious, campaign came to an end this week with a victory for Donald Trump that shocked the world. Although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Donald Trump won the electoral vote with 276 votes. California’s Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), both strong Hillary Clinton supporters, responded to the election results with a bilingual statement to Californians. Additionally, in a letter to members, American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) President, Laura Lott, also recognized the intensity of this year’s election and the critical role museums can play in helping our nation heal from a divisive campaign.
For California election results, including state senate and assembly races, along with ballot measure results, click here.
MUSEUMS SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO REAUTHORIZE IMLS
CAM joined 63 national, regional and state museums organizations, along with AAM, to offer support for legislation that would reauthorize and strengthen the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Please see the letter of support and urge your Senators to cosponsor the bill today.
REGISTER FOR MUSEUM ADVOCACY DAY AND SPEAK UP FOR MUSEUMS
The new year will bring with it a new President and a new session of Congress. What will President-elect Trump propose on tax reform or charitable giving? Will there be another economic stimulus bill and will museums be allowed to compete for the funding? Will Congress reshape federal education programs? If any of these things happen, we need to ensure that lawmakers know how museums will be affected.
As Museums Advocacy Day enters its 9th year, and as we are faced with a new President and Congress, there has never been a more critical time for every museum professional to get involved in making the case for museums to their legislators. Click here to learn more about what it’s like to participate in Museums Advocacy Day.
Are you looking for in-depth information about the candidates and measures on your ballot? If so, check out Voter’s Edge California. This site provides nonpartisan information on the candidates, state ballot measures and who supports them.
The California Secretary of State’s website provides a nonpartisan voter’s guide, general voting information and up-to-date information from the polls on election day.
If you’re looking for information on the state’s 17 ballot measures, take a look at The Sacramento Bee’s voter’s guide. It provides a brief summary of each measure, what it costs, who is supporting or opposing it and why.
CalNonprofits provides information and opinions on how specific ballot measures impact California nonprofits, including museums.
Common Sense Kids Action's California Kids Campaign has launched its inaugural Common Sense Voters Guide to provide parents with information to help them make ballot decisions that will support children and families.
For more information on your local school board candidates, check out the Candidate Survey Project from the California Alliance for Arts Education.
NEW CHAMPION OF MUSEUMS AWARD
AAM is seeking nominations for their inaugural Champion of Museums award, to be presented during Museums Advocacy Day 2017. The Champion of Museums Award will be presented to museum trustees who have demonstrated leadership and service by advocating for their institution and for the museum field at the federal, state or local level. Get the details and nominate a trustee today. Nominations are due November 30.
Each year during Museums Advocacy Day, AAM presents awards to members of Congress who have demonstrated exemplary support for museums. Has a member of Congress supported and advanced your museum? If so, submit your nominations by December 2. See past honorees and nominate a member of Congress today.
INVITE YOUR LEGISLATOR TO YOUR MUSEUM BEFORE THE NEXT SESSION BEGINS
The California Legislature is on interim recess, which means that many of our elected officials are back in their home districts. Before the next session begins on December 5th, CAM urges you to invite your legislator to visit your museum. These legislative visits are one of the most powerful ways to demonstrate the vital role that museums play in our communities. Please click here to find your state assembly member or senator. You can also visit CAM’s website for helpful pointers on how to set up a visit or contact CAM’s Advocacy Manager, Pamela Zielske, for personal assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-471-9970 x104.
ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEW OVERTIME RULES?
Many full-time salaried employees earning less than $47,476 per year will be eligible for overtime pay as of December 1st, under new regulations from the US Department of Labor. See the March/April Museum Magazine article for more details, or the National Council of Nonprofits' resources to prepare for this transition. Be sure to also read about how these rules impact California employers specifically.
LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN HELP
Our Government Relations Committee encourages all members to engage CAM in your advocacy efforts, particularly if they will have implications on the museum field. Please forward all requests, comments or questions, to CAM’s Advocacy Manager, Pamela Zielske, at email@example.com or 831-471-9970 x104.
LEGISLATIVE DATES OF INTEREST
December 5: Regular 2017-2018 Legislative session convenes at noon.
January 1: Statutes take effect
January 23: Museums Advocacy Day registration closes
February 27-28: AAM’s Museums Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.
March 29-31: 2017 CAM Conference, Influence and Action in Sacramento
Submitted by Pamela Zielske, Advocacy Manager