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Legislative Update, 04/16/2019

Federal news

With President Trump’s renewed interest in health care, the Supreme Court might render a decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act prior to the 2020 election. From CNN.

The Violence Against Women Act is up for reauthorization. It’s passed in the House and awaits vote in the Senate. The National Rifle Association opposes renewal due to a new provision on gun restrictions for domestic abusers. From The New York Times.

Special interest groups use model legislation to introduce new bills, many of which become law, according to a two-year investigation by USA TODAY, The Arizona Republic, and the Center for Public Integrity. Health-related model bills include The Asbestos Transparency Act (making it more difficult for those exposed to asbestos to take legal action) and Right to Try (allowing those with terminal illness to use experimental medicine). From USA TODAY. Video summary here.

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Legislative Update – 04/02/2019

Federal News

Health care law is again in the spotlight:

Trump Administration And Democrats Return Health Law To Political Center Stage (Kaiser Health News)

In Blow to Trump, Judge Blocks Health Care Law ‘End Run’ (The New York Times)

Medicare for All Would Abolish Private Insurance. ‘There’s No Precedent in American History.’ (The New York Times)

 

Following the call for a moratorium on human germline editing by scientists writing in Nature last month, a World Health Organization committee encourages a “transparent global registry” of relevant experiments:

WHO panel proposes new global registry for all CRISPR human experiments (Science)

 

Additional stories:

New Anti-Abortion Measures Could Struggle for Traction in Courts (The Wall Street Journal)

Why Public-Health Experts Want More States’ Vaccine Policies to Look Like West Virginia’s (Pacific Standard Magazine)

U.S. researchers hope Congress will dig NSF out of a $1 billion budget hole (Science)

Universities spooked by Trump order tying free speech to grants (Nature)

NIH may bar peer reviewers accused of sexual harassment (Science)

 

Illinois News

There continue to be several bills that may generate health reference questions:

HB 2495 – Reproductive Health Act (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB2495/2019): Currently “Re-referred to the Rules Committee” as of 3/29/2019

HB 3585 – Hospital Patient Protection (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB3585/2019): Currently “Re-referred to the Rules Committee” as of 3/29/2019

SB 1659 – IDPH-HPV Vaccination (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/SB1659/2019): Currently ‘Tabled’ as of 3/13/2019

HB 0902 – Cannabis Legalization (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB0902/2019): Currently ‘Re-referred to the Rules Committee’ as of 3/29/2019

HB 2604 – Safe Patient Limits (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB2604/2019): Currently Rule and Fiscal ‘Notes’ have been requested on an amendment to the bill as of 4/1/2019

 

Want to speak up about one of these bills or some other issue?  Let’s return to those Top Ten Quick Advocacy Tips from the ILA (https://www.ila.org/advocacy/top-ten-advocacy-tips).  #4 is “Shrink the message” – something both Senator Chuck Weaver and Representative Ryan Spain agreed on at the ILA Annual Conference back in October.  Keep your arguments simple and focus on the most important ones.

 

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Legislative Update, 03/19/2019

Federal news:

An international group of scientists call for a moratorium on human germline gene editing in this commentary to Nature, and NIH files their support in this follow-up correspondence, also published in Nature.

While Congress is unlikely to implement his recommendations, President Trump’s proposed budget includes a 13% cut to NIH funding. Read more in this coverage from Science.

 

State news:

There are a few pieces of legislation in Illinois right now that might generate some health related reference questions.

SB 1659 – IDPH-HPV Vaccination (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/SB1659/2019): Currently ‘Tabled’ as of 3/13/2019

HB 0902 – Cannabis Legalization (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB0902/2019): Currently ‘Assigned to Judiciary – Criminal Committee’ as of 3/12/2019

HB 2604 – Safe Patient Limits (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB2604/2019): Currently ‘Assigned to Labor & Commerce Committee’ and adding sponsors as of 3/12/2019

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Legislative Action Item: Support the IMLS (again)

ALA is calling for support in the continued funding of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). President Trump’s proposed FY2020 budget again eliminates the IMLS. Read ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo’s response here.

Use this form to ask your representative to sign the Dear Appropriate letter in support of preserving the IMLS and its associated federal funding for libraries. The House deadline is March 28, but letters will close a few days prior to this.

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Legislative Update, 03/01/2019

Federal news

Federal funding legislation for U.S. science agencies has been signed by President Trump. Despite a request for budgetary cuts from the President, Congress generally approved small to moderate budgetary increases. The NIH would see a slight increase (5% or $2 billion, to increase the total budget to $39 billion). Research priorities include: research grant integrity, the 21st Century Cures initiatives, the Research Policy Board, research transparency, data science, and early-career investigators. See more on the FY19 NIH budget on the American Institute of Physics’ budget tracker.

To catch your Congressperson’s ear on scientific legislation, try these tips: focus on their constituents, address both sides of the issue, disclose potential conflicts of interest, talk with their staff, catch them when they’re in session, and talk across the aisle. To see a more detailed outline of these tips, read the full story in Science.

From Kaiser Health News:

Congress Squares Off With Pharma CEOs In Showdown Over High Drug Prices (2/26/19)

and the follow-up Pharma Execs Dig In For A Fight Against Outraged Senators (2/26/19)

HHS Finalizes Rule Seeking To Expel Planned Parenthood From Family Planning Program (2/22/19)

State news

As many of you have already heard, a new minimum wage regulation was signed into law in February.  To find out how this might effect your library’s budget and personnel, you can read a Chicago Tribune article (https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-illinois-minimum-wage-pritzker-signs-bill-20190219-story.html) or access the law itself (Public Act 101-0001 http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=0001&GAID=15&GA=101&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=113573&SessionID=108&SpecSess=).

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Legislative Update, 02/07/2019

Federal news

President Trump vows to end AIDS in his State of the Union address. Here are follow-up stories from Kaiser Health News and Science magazine.

Debates over abortion rights could block movement on other legislation in the newly-elected Congress — from Kaiser Health News.

Americans trying to purchase healthcare online in Fall of 2018 were often led to plans not supporting ACA protections — from Kaiser Health News.

State news

ILA’s Legislative Meet-ups are in full swing, but there is still time to register and attend.  Visit https://www.ila.org/events/legislative-meet-ups to see the schedule and register online.

A meet-up would be a great way to follow the ILA’s Advocacy Tip #3:  Contact public officials personally if possible.  Having the opportunity to talk to our legislators face to face is key to building a working relationship.  One of the points that Senator Weaver and Representative Spain made at ILA’s Conference in October was that we need to be aware of their calendars.  Our state legislators have very busy schedules and using the already planned meet-ups allows us to take advantage of time they have already committed to us as librarians and citizens. See the full list of tips at https://www.ila.org/advocacy/top-ten-advocacy-tips

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois Library Association)

This is an opportunity to talk with state legislators about the importance of higher education funding.

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2019 Legislative Meet-ups

Still not sure you should attend a Legislative Meet-up? Check out our new resource, How to Prepare for a Meet-up, intended to help you get you ready for and excited about this opportunity.

There is still time to register to attend any of the scheduled 2019 Legislative Meet-ups. (The full schedule is also posted below.) Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate.

If you have questions regarding registration or if you’re not sure which Meet-up covers your library and legislative district, contact the ILA office at 312-644-1896 or email ila@ila.org.

Friday, 1 February 2019

South Suburban Library Legislative Breakfast

Tinley Park Public Library

7851 Timber Dr.

Tinley Park, IL 60477

7:45 a.m. doors open and breakfast is available

8:30 a.m. program begins

10:00 a.m. program concludes

Price:  $25

South Suburban Legislators

Friday, 8 February 2019

Metro East Library Legislative Breakfast

Sunset Hills Country Club

2525 Illinois 157

Edwardsville, IL  62025

8:00 a.m. doors open and breakfast is available

8:30 a.m. program begins

10:00 a.m. program concludes

Price:  $25

Metro East Legislators

Friday, 1 February 2019     

Chicago Library Legislative Lunch

Harold Washington Library Center Winter Garden

400 S State Street

Chicago, IL  60605

11:30 a.m. doors open and lunch is available

12:00 noon program begins
1:30 p.m. program concludes 

Price:  $45

Chicago Legislators

Friday, 8 February 2019          

Southern Illinois Library Legislative Lunch

Effingham Public Library

200 N. Third Street

Effingham, IL  62401

11:30 a.m. doors open and lunch is available

12:00 noon program begins 

1:30 p.m. program concludes

Price:  $25

Southern Illinois Legislators

Monday, 4 February 2019

Central Illinois Library Legislative Breakfast

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel

201 Broadway Ave.

Normal, IL  61761

8:00 a.m. doors open and breakfast is available

8:30 a.m. program begins

10:00 a.m. program concludes

Price:  $30

Central Illinois Legislators

Monday, 18 February 2019

Presidents’ Day Library Legislative Breakfast

Arboretum Club

401 Half Day Rd.

Buffalo Grove, IL  60089

7:45 a.m. doors open and breakfast is available

8:30 a.m. program begins

10:00 a.m. program concludes

Price:  $30

North Suburban Legislators

Monday, 4 February 2019

Western Illinois Library Legislative Lunch

Galesburg Public Library

40 E. Simmons Street

Galesburg, IL  61401

11:30 a.m. doors open and lunch is available

12:00 noon program begins
1:30 p.m. program concludes 

Price:  $25

Western Illinois Legislators

Friday, 1 March 2019 new date

West Suburban Library Legislative Lunch

Chicago Marriott Oak Brook

1401 W. 22nd St.

Oak Brook, IL  60523

11:30 a.m. doors open and lunch is available

12:30 noon program begins

2:00 p.m. program concludes

Price:  $45

West Suburban Legislators

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Legislative Update, 01/25/2019

Federal news

Health- and library-legislative stories bridging us into the new year:

Democrats Fight Back Against Lawsuit Threatening Health Law (Kaiser Health News)

In response to a Texas district court ruling that the ACA is unconstitutional.

5 Ways Nixing The Affordable Care Act Could Upend The Entire Health System (Kaiser Health News)

2018 Year in Review: A look back at the stories that affected libraries (American Libraries)

Legislative stories of note include: US Signs Marrakesh Treaty; Federal Funding for Libraries; and, Net Neutrality Rules Rescinded.

The State of Net Neutrality: A coast-to-coast roundup of efforts to restore the open internet (American Libraries)

From the article, by Greg Landgraf: “More than 35 states have introduced legislation to protect net neutrality, although only four (California, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington) have passed laws. Several governors have also issued executive orders related to net neutrality.”

U.S. government shutdown starts to take a bite out of science (Science)

While the NIH is funded and operational, collaborations between NIH scientists with those in furloughed government agencies are currently at a standstill.

MLA news

MLA Addresses Draft NIH Policy on Data Management and Sharing (1/15/19)

MLA Comments on Healthy People 2030 Objectives (1/18/19)

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois Library Association)

The third annual Chicago Library Legislative Meet-up will take place on February 1, 2019. Don’t miss out on this chance to talk to your legislators! You can meet them in person and talk about issues affecting libraries and higher education, including education and MAP funding and library support. Members of the U.S. Congress, Illinois General Assembly, their staff, library trustees, directors, and staff from all types of libraries within the borders of the City of Chicago are encouraged to attend and participate, as well as others concerned about legislative effects on local libraries. These include your faculty and students.

Featured speakers will include Derek Blaida, Legislative Consultant, and Jeanne Long, Executive Director of the Chicago Collections Consortium. Each legislator will be introduced.

When: Friday, February 1, 11:30 am doors open and lunch available, 12 – 1:30 program

Where: Harold Washington Library Center Winter Garden, 400 S State Street

Price: $45

Register online at https://www.ila.org/events/legislative-meet-ups

Meetups are also scheduled for other parts of the state later in February. They are listed under the link above.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

For all interested librarians –

The third annual Chicago Library Legislative Meet-up will take place on February 1, 2019. Don’t miss out on this chance to talk to your legislators! You can meet them in person and talk about issues affecting libraries and higher education, including education and MAP funding and library support. Members of the U.S. Congress, Illinois General Assembly, their staff, library trustees, directors, and staff from all types of libraries within the borders of the City of Chicago are encouraged to attend and participate, as well as others concerned about legislative effects on local libraries. These include your faculty and students.

Featured speakers will include Derek Blaida, Legislative Consultant, and Jeanne Long, Executive Director of the Chicago Collections Consortium. Each legislator will be introduced.

When: Friday, February 1, 11:30 am doors open and lunch available, 12 – 1:30 program

Where: Harold Washington Library Center Winter Garden, 400 S State Street

Price: $45

Register online at https://www.ila.org/events/legislative-meet-ups

Meetups are also scheduled for other parts of the state later in February. They are listed under the link above.

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