(a) If any two or more regional library networks whose borders are contiguous wish to consolidate, a joint notice of intent, approved by the regional network councils of the consolidating regional library networks, shall be filed with the state board no later than September 1 of the fiscal year immediately preceding the July 1 effective date of the consolidation. Regional library network affiliation authorizations approved by the institutional or public library jurisdictional governing body of each member of the new consolidated regional library network, and a new regional library network plan as specified in Education Code Section 18840, shall be filed with the state board no later than January 15 of the fiscal year immediately preceding the July 1 effective date of the consolidation.
(b) The state board's approval of requests for regional library network consolidations shall be based on the criteria for the establishment of regional library networks specified in Section 20316 of this subchapter and upon the state board's determination that the consolidation provides at least as effective a way of carrying out the purposes of the Act as would be the case if the consolidation did not occur.
(c) For purposes of determining the eligibility of the regional library networks and their members to receive services and funds under other provisions of the Act, a consolidation approved by the state board shall be considered effective beginning July 1 of the fiscal year immediately following the fiscal year in which the consolidation authorizations are filed. The state board may approve an earlier effective date if it determines that such action would best serve the purposes of the Act.
Education Code 18821
Education Code 18821(e)
Education Code 18840
(Added by Register 2000, No. 19)