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Legislative News, 07/08/2020

Federal news
Preparing for the Next Pandemic (comments submitted) [MLAConnect, 6/23/20]

Black Caucus lays out legislative priorities for combating systemic racism [Roll Call, 7/1/20]

SB4181/HB7486 The Library Stabilization Fund Act (informational flier) SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR CONGRESSPERSON [ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office, 7/2/20]

Operation Warp Speed’s opaque choices of COVID-19 vaccines draw Senate scrutiny [Science, 7/2/20]

House spending bill counters Trump threat to cut WHO funding [The Hill, 7/6/20]

House spending panels to boost NIH, DOE science budgets [Science, 7/7/20]

Clash looms over next coronavirus relief bill [The Hill, 7/7/20]

High Court Allows Employers To Opt Out Of ACA’s Mandate On Birth Control Coverage [Kaiser Health News, 7/8/20]

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Legislative News, 06/23/2020

Federal news

Bills to watch

·         H.R.990 Recognizing racism as a national crisis and the need for a truth and reconciliation process. This resolution recognizes racism as a national public health crisis and supports the creation of a truth and reconciliation process to address historic, enduring systemic and structural racism against black people. [Introduced 6/4/20]

·         S.B.3917 A bill to establish a home-based telemental health care demonstration program for purposes of increasing mental health services in rural medically underserved populations and for individuals in farming, fishing, and forestry occupations. [Introduced 6/9/20]

In the news

Alexander pushes for passage of pandemic planning law this year [Roll Call, 6/9/20]

Will the Supreme Court’s landmark LGBTQ decision impact health care discrimination rules? [Roll Call, 6/17/20]

Coronavirus economy drains Social Security, Medicare coffers [Roll Call, 6/18/20]


State news

Just a reminder to check the ILA website’s Advocacy page.  They do a great job of keeping us up to date on legislative progress.  To see what was just signed into law, visit https://www.ila.org/advocacy/legislative-issues/illinois-legislative-issues

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Legislative News, 06/04/2020

Federal news

MLA and AAHSL recommend FY21 NLM Funding of at least $479.7 million [MLA Connect, 5/29/20]

Trump administration requiring labs to report racial, ethnic information from COVID-19 test results [The Hill, 6/4/20]

Top health lawmakers push HHS on COVID-19 Medicaid payments [Roll Call, 6/3/20]

HEROES Act Stalls in Senate [American Libraries, 5/22/20]

Will Trump White House tear down journal paywalls? Many anxiously await a decision [Science, 5/21/20]

State news

The Illinois legislature was back in session and worked on a number of issues.  They have passed a budget (SB0264).  They are also looking at a number of bills that are prompted by COVID-19, including some related to the unemployment benefits system, emergency management, price gouging, etc.  To scan a listing of recent activity, you can visit Legiscan (results of an Illinois search here).

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Legislative News, 05/18/2020

Federal news
House narrowly passes $3 trillion coronavirus aid bill [Roll Call, 5/15/2020]
“Democrats’ bill would [provide, among other relief,] $100 billion for a public health fund for hospitals and other health care providers…. The Senate won’t take up the legislation in its current form, though key senators will begin discussions with Democratic leaders and the Trump administration.”

Several healthcare-related bills have been introduced this month, including: H.B.6666 COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act [introduced 5/1/2020]
“This bill authorizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to award grants for testing, contact tracing, monitoring, and other activities to address COVID-19. Entities such as federally qualified health centers, nonprofit organizations, and certain hospitals and schools are eligible to receive such grants.”

State news
Read the Restore Illinois plan. [Warning: this is a rather large file.]

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

Join ILA’s Legislative Consultant, Derek Blaida, for a lunchtime update about what’s happening in Springfield, from 12:00 to 1:30 PM on Tuesday, May 19. The Illinois General Assembly is slated to return to legislative session on Wednesday, May 20, and the ILGA will likely consider a very limited set of bills, primarily focused on the state budget and COVID-19-related legislation.

Registration for this free webinar is required and will close at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, May 19. To register, please go here. Attendance is open to all Illinois librarians, even if they are not members of ILA.

Presenters Wanted for Future Noon Network Webinars

We are seeking presenters for the Noon Network. The Noon Network is a free professional-development resource for Illinois library professionals. More information on the general content and format of Noon Network webinars is available here.

Noon Network webinars are normally held at noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. If you are interested in presenting a webinar, please contact Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org. Past Noon Network webinars are available here.

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Legislative News, 04/29/2020

Federal news

H.R.266 Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act [became Public Law No. 116-139]

“This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak by providing additional funding for small business loans, health care providers, and COVID-19 testing.”


State news

Hospitals, health care workers given civil immunity [Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 4-3-2020]

To see a full listing of Gov. Pritzker’s executive orders related to COVID-19, please visit the Governor’s homepage

Cabello files lawsuit challenging stay-at-home order, says it created ‘police state’ [State Journal-Register 4-29-2020]


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Legislative News, 04/15/2020

Federal news

Upcoming COVID-19 stimulus legislation

Advocacy Alert: Urge Your Representative to Support Emergency Library Funding [ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office, 4/11/2020]
“Congressional leadership has started work on a new COVID-19 relief package, and we are working to ensure libraries of all types are included. Today, we need your help to get the library message to Congress.”

Federal stimulus for COVID-19

H.R.748 CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act [became Public Law No. 116-136 on 3/27/2020]
“This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.”

NLM Receives Stimulus Funding to Prevent, Prepare for, and Respond to the Coronavirus [MLAConnect, 4/1/2020]
“For an additional amount for “National Library of Medicine”, $10,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2024, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally.”

Hospitals await details as emergency fund allocations begin [Roll Call, 4/8/2020]
“Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma announced Tuesday that the department would be advancing $30 billion of the [new $100 billion hospital emergency fund to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic] to providers through direct deposit based on their Medicare revenues this week.”

Federal Relief Package Supports Libraries [American Libraries, 3/27/2020]
“The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act includes $50 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for digital inclusion projects and more than $30 billion in relief for schools and colleges, plus billions more for state and local governments and nonprofit organizations. The stimulus package also includes libraries–on Main Street, in schools, and on campuses–as part of a massive, long-overdue effort to ensure digital equity in America.” Read the Library Recovery Funding Summary.

Congress pumps up NSF program to fast-track COVID-19 research [Science, 3/26/2020]
As part of the CARES Act, “…Congress gave NSF an extra $75 million to spend on research that will help ‘prevent, prepare for, and respond’ to the novel coronavirus.'”

Other COVID-19 news

Mental health workers seek protections during COVID-19 crisis [Roll Call, 4/3/2020]
“The call echoes that of other health care unions … [but] psychiatric facility and Veterans Affairs employees have to endure especially dangerous conditions that may be overlooked…”

Other federal legislative news

S.893 Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2020 [became Public Law No. 116-129 on 3/23/2020]
“This bill requires the President, in consultation with relevant federal agencies, to develop a strategy to secure and protect U.S. fifth and future generations (5G) systems and infrastructure.”

S.1822 Broadband DATA Act [became Public Law No. 116-130 on 3/23/2020]
“This bill requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to change the way broadband data is [sic] collected, verified, and reported.”

H.R.4334 Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 [became Public Law No. 116-131 on 3/25/2020]
“This bill establishes, reauthorizes, and revises several programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor relating to care for the elderly.”

MLA and AAHSL comment on public access [MLAConnect, 4/6/2020]
“…MLA and AAHSL strongly encouraged the OSTP and the National Science and Technology Council to consider a ‘zero-embargo’ open access policy, which would require the products of federally funded scientific research (i.e., articles, data, and code) to be publicly available immediately upon publication.”

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Legislative News, 03/27/2020

Federal news

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration [Federal Emergency Management Agency release on 3/13/2020]
On March 13, 2020, the President declared the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant an emergency declaration for all states, tribes, territories, and the District of Columbia…

H.R. 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act [became Public Law No. 116-127 on 3/18/2020]
This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak by providing paid sick leave, tax credits, and free COVID-19 testing; expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits; and increasing Medicaid funding.

H.R. 748 CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act [passed Senate on 3/25/2020, awaiting vote in House]

Massive U.S. coronavirus stimulus includes research dollars and some aid to universities [Science, 3/25/2020]

Affordable Care Act Turns 10 Amid Coronavirus Outbreak [NPR, 3/23/2020]

Hoping That Insurance Expansion Will Help Tamp Outbreak, 9 States Reopen Marketplaces [Kaiser Health News, 3/20/2020]

Lawmakers, labor leaders ramp up calls to use Defense Production Act [The Hill, 3/26/2020]

MLA and AAHSL comments to NLM addressing ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization [3/16/2020]

MLA and AAHSL comments on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting from Federally Funded Research [3/16/2020]

State News

If you need information about Illinois’ COVID-19 response, here are some helpful links:

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Legislative news, 03/13/2020

Federal news

Trump to hold Friday news conference on coronavirus [The Hill, 3/13/20]
“…Bloomberg News reported he plans to declare a national emergency, a move that had been under consideration for some time. Declaring a national emergency would allow wider use of federal funds by state and local authorities, some of which have been overwhelmed by the fast-moving coronavirus. The press conference will come as House lawmakers are likely to vote on sweeping legislation to provide financial help to victims.”

Outbreak urgency may intersect with broader health bill effort: The coronavirus outbreak is highlighting gaps in the health care system [Roll Call, 3/10/20]

H.B. 6074 “Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020” became Public Law 116-123 on March 6, 2020. This bill provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

ALA continues to urge advocates to #FundLibraries [American Libraries Magazine, 3/3/20]

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Legislative Update, 02/26/2020

Federal news

White House unveils $2.5B emergency coronavirus plan [Associated Press, 2/24/20]

White House formally invites public comment on open-access policies [Science, 2/21/20]

In the House this week: HR 2339 Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019 [House.gov, 2/25/20]


FY21 Budget Proposal

National Institutes of Health would see 7% cut in 2021 under White House plan [Science, 2/10/20]

Mystery $844B pot in Trump budget signals Medicaid cuts [Associated Press, 2/10/20]

ALA takes FY 2021 budget cuts seriously, urges members of Congress to visit libraries [ALA news, 2/10/20]

Ask your representative to #FundLibraries: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/contact-congress


State News

Another Illinois General Assembly immunization bill was filed on February 14.  SB3668 amends several acts and codes related to immunizations and school exemptions.  Other current immunization bills include SB1659 and HB4870.  See also an article from CBSN about SB3668 [this link also includes a national story about Facebook Groups and false health information].

Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivered his budget address last week.  View the recording here [his speech starts about 8 minutes into the video.]

The Illinois Library Association just published a new edition of Illinois Library Laws and RulesVisit the ILA website to purchase a copy.



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