House lawmakers push to prevent library closures

House lawmakers are pushing to save four libraries slated for closure in the city's fiscal 2011 budget. In a bid to keep the libraries open, twelve House lawmakers who represent Boston filed amendments Friday to the House's version of the state budget that send $3 million to the Boston Public Library system.

Library trustees voted last week to close four libraries, including Lower Mills in Dorchester, Faneuil in Brighton, Orient Heights in East Boston, and Washington Village in South Boston.

The twelve lawmakers, out of the seventeen total who represent Boston in the House, are state Reps. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Lower Mills), Willie Mae Allen (D-Mattapan), Michael Moran (D-Brighton), Carlo Basile (D-East Boston), Brian Wallace (D-South Boston), Gloria Fox (D-Roxbury), Kevin Honan (D-Allston), Elizabeth Malia (D-Jamaica Plain), Aaron Michlewitz (D-North End), Byron Rushing (D-Roxbury), Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Jamaica Plain) and Martha Walz (D-Beacon Hill). Those didn't sign onto the amendments include state Reps. Marty Walsh (D-Savin Hill), Marie St. Fleur (D-Uphams Corner), Angelo Scaccia (D-Readville), Michael Rush (D-West Roxbury) and Eugene O'Flaherty (D-Chelsea).

The House is expected to debate its version of the $27.8 billion budget during the last week of April.

In a statement, state Sen. Jack Hart (D-South Boston) said that similar amendments will be filed during the Senate's budget process.