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Legislative Update, 01/29/2018


The Museum and Library Services Act of 2017 (S. 2271) would reauthorize the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS administers funding for libraries via the Library Services Technology Act. MLA and ALA are asking their members to contact their senators and ask them to be a co-sponsor of this bill.

Preparing to attend a legislative meet-up? Use these legislator talking tips provided by Ann Joslin, Idaho State Librarian.

The Congressional Review Act to overrule the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality regulations, led by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), now has the support of 50 senators. All Senate Democrats support this resolution, including Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). If you live outside Illinois, contact your representative to ask for their support. More on the story is available from The Washington Post.


Democratic candidates for the Governor of Illinois are gearing up for the primaries in March.  View the January 23rd Forum which gave all 6 candidates an opportunity to speak and answer questions.

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(via Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The National Institutes of Health is in a furlough status as of Monday, January 22, 2018, due to an absence of federal appropriations. According to the FY 2018 HHS Contingency Staffing Plan for Operations in the Absence of Enacted Annual Appropriations, “The plan for maintaining access to databases includes the minimum staff required to identify and correct dynamic access problems caused by changes in the volume and types of use.  (During a shutdown, there would be no routine updating of databases that is normally a major part of these database operations.)  In addition, the plan for continuation of IT infrastructure services represents only the bare minimum to sustain the essential infrastructure for keeping the National Library of Medicine data center operational for serving the external biomedical databases that are used in the provision of non-Federal health care.”

What does this mean for librarians and patrons?

  • Databases such as MedlinePlus and PubMed are online but will likely not be updated during the Federal shutdown.
  • E-mails and customer support requests to NLM will not be answered.
  • NLM will not fill ILL requests or provide technical support to DOCLINE/Loansome Doc. Contact the National DOCLINE Coordinating Office, at, if you have questions.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, including the GMR Office, is open! Please contact the Office, at, if you need assistance.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Join ILA’s delegation and travel to the nation’s capitol to get our message out to Congress! ALA’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is a two-day educational event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters and patrons to Washington, D.C. Illinois has traditionally delivered one of the most robust delegations and we expect to do so again this year.

NLLD registration ($75) is handled through ALA. Illinois librarians will automatically be counted as part of the Illinois delegation. Your registration fee includes legislative materials, Monday’ briefing sessions and Congressional Reception, organized by ALA’s National Library Legislative Day Committee; and Tuesday’s Congressional visits, organized by ILA.

Once again, ILA will host a dinner on Monday, May 7 ($50 for ILA members; $60 for non-members). Dinner registration is handled through ILA.

Learn more, or register for NLLD and/or the ILA dinner.

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Reminder: ILA Legislative Meet-Ups in January and February

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The Illinois Library Association sponsors meetups where librarians can meet with legislators to let them know what is important to us. This is your chance to meet your state legislators and give them feedback! The 2018 events start January 29 and run through the end of February. Check for one in your area.

This year our regional advocacy efforts expand with eight legislative events providing an opportunity to meet with your legislators and speak with them firsthand about issues affecting you and your library.  Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate.  Use this opportunity for photo ops with your elected officials to post on your Facebook page or to invite them to visit your library!

Register Online.

For any questions regarding registration, please e-mail  

Your registration fee includes breakfast or lunch, legislative materials, and state and federal legislative briefing.

If you’re not sure which Meet-up covers your library and legislative district, contact the ILA office at 312-644-1896 or email

Make your voice heard!


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Legislative Action Item: Save Net Neutrality, Round 2!

Following the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality, what’s next? Even though Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is one of 17 State Attorneys General appealing the decision, your voice matters, too. Speak with your congressional representatives preceding their review of the vote. Contact information and a sample script are available at

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Legislative Action Item: Save Net Neutrality

As you may have seen from the ALA Washington Office and via our very own ILA, net neutrality is on the precipice of extinction. The five FCC commissioners will vote on the matter on December 14, 2017.

Let your voice be heard! Email your elected Congressperson using the form available from ALA here.

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Legislative Update, 11/10/2017

Federal News:

ALA submitted comments to the Department of Homeland Security regarding the Department’s plans to monitor and collect information from U.S. immigrants’ social media accounts. In the letter, ALA representatives write that the proposal is “quite excessive and thus an invasion of privacy.” For more details, visit the District Dispatch.

In national, but not strictly legislative, news … Read comments submitted by the MLA to the NLM regarding the Request for Information (RFI) on Next Generation Data Science Challenges in Health and Biomedicine. MLA recommends working with the NLM to develop a Data Sciences Specialization as part of a training program for health science librarians. Additional strategic partnerships are also recommended. Read a summary of the comments via the MLA News blog.

Want to actively participate in democracy? Try the 5 Calls app. Choose from a list of active legislative issues and be prompted with background information and a phone number to reach your local representative. One current topic is “Demand the FCC maintain net neutrality,” but see also the issues listed under Healthcare.

Illinois News:

SB 851 (amendment to the Illinois Local Library Act / property tax freeze proposal) passed the House.  However it was not voted on in the Senate and the veto session has now closed.  The Illinois Library Association is opposed to this amendment.  Thanks to those who contacted their senators and representatives!

The Illinois Library Association’s Illinois Advocacy Committee has just re-booted the Illinois Libraries Matter blog.  Check out their latest post!

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Legislative Update, 10/12/2017


The MLA encourages sending thanks to those senators who are members of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Their FY2018 bill funds the NLM at $420.9 million, more than the “at least $412 million” recommended by the MLA/AAHSL Legislative Task Force. Contact Illinois Senator Dick Durbin to thank him for his work on the FY2018 bill.

The MLA and American Association of Law Libraries submitted recommendations concerning the Federal Depository Library Program regarding modernization of public access to government information. A summary and link to the recommendations are available from the MLA. ALA President Jim Neal also provided comments; read more about his input from the District Dispatch.


There are a few acts moving through the Illinois legislature that may be of interest:

HB4109 was filed on October 6th and amends the EMS Systems Act related to stroke care and evidence-based guidelines.  More information at

HB4096 was filed in September and has been adding sponsors for the past few weeks.  This bill amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code related to pharmaceuticals. More information at

HB0339 was filed way back in January and has not seen much action but has just added another sponsor.  This bill amends the Salaries Act and decreases the salaries of several political offices including the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and many more.  More information at

HR0631 was filed on October 10th and congratulates Dr. Sharon Smaga for receiving the “2017 Rural Physician of Excellence Award” from the Illinois Rural Health Association.  More information at

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Legislative Update – 09/22/17


The Senate Committee on Appropriations’ FY18 Labor, HHS, and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill was approved earlier this month. Of note, NIH funding would increase $2.0 billion, to $36.1 billion. Funding for the National Library of Medicine would increase $21 million to $420.9 million. The IMLS budget would increase $4 million, to $235 million, funding that is exclusively for the Grants to States program. While an earlier FY18 budget proposed by the Trump administration would cut NIH funding by 18% and the IMLS by 100%, grassroots campaigns have led to congressional support of healthcare and libraries. More on library funding is reported in this piece from the District Dispatch.

There again is movement in Congress to overhaul healthcare legislation. The Congressional Record provides a transcript of these discussions, including this report from Sept. 18, 2017. The bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017. provides information on the proposed GOP health care bills, although at the time of writing this post, the site has not been updated to reflect current legislative action. The Washington Post provides more current coverage. Congress has until September 30 to pass this bill with 50 votes.

IT modernization in the Copyright Office is moving forward, under the direction of Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. The Modified U.S. Copyright Office Provisional IT Modernization Plan was released earlier this month. Read a synopsis of these efforts as reported by the District Dispatch.



If you haven’t tried the LegiScan website, you definitely should.  LegiScan tracks legislation in all 50 states and on the federal level.  It creates an easy to read dashboard of what is going on and points to the details for each new bill and/or amendment.  See the Illinois Dashboard here.  It is much easier to work with than the General Assembly website for keeping up on all of the legislation being discussed.

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Legislative Update, 8/30/2017


New legislation in the Senate and House would have a positive impact, if passed, on libraries. The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, S. 1689, would shift drug enforcement away from marijuana prosecution. Funds saved would, in part, be channeled to community grant funding opportunities for public library programming. The Educator Preparation Reform Act, S. 1694 and H.R. 3636, would expand to allow financial assistance to school librarians and paraprofessionals to seek job development and training.


A few interesting news items from Illinois:

From the State Journal-Register –

Latest on the Abraham Lincoln Museum & Library:

New pharmacy information/counseling rules going into effect:

School funding bill is headed to the Governor’s desk:

From the Illinois Health & Hospital Association –

IHA supports Refinancing Illinois’ debt:

IHA Summary of Spring 2017 legislation:

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