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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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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

2019 Legislative Meet-Ups

Registration is now open for our 2019 Legislative Meet-ups. This year our regional advocacy efforts expand with eight legislative events providing you with 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.

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.

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Legislative Update, 12/14/2018

Federal news

While a government shutdown looms, Medicaid legislation (H.R. 7217, IMPROVE Act) passed in the House and has moved to the Senate. Bills passing both House and Senate include S. 2465, Sickle Cell Disease and Other Heritable Blood Disorders Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act and S. 3029 PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2018 (to prevent preterm births). More on this from Politico.com.

 

The latest Kaiser Health News podcast addresses changes implemented to the ACA via executive action and to Medicaid in lame-duck sessions in Wisconsin and Michigan.

 

In other federal health science news, NIH scientists have been temporarily restricted from using human fetal tissue in experiments as HHS conducts a review of this type of work (News from Science). Research into HIV, Parkinson’s disease, and cancer are affected.

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From the ALA Advocacy Office:

With only a few weeks left in this congressional session, we are facing serious threats focused on the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress.

Next Tuesday [12/4/18], the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (S. 1010), a Senate companion to House bill (H.R. 1695) will be voted on by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, in spite of previous concerns by committee members.

This legislation removes the hiring authority of the Copyright Register from the Librarian of Congress to the president. It would politicize the Register’s position to the public’s detriment and slow the critically needed modernization of the Copyright Office. The bill also grants the president power to fire the appointee at any time. Further, while the Senate would at least retain the power to confirm the nominee, the House would no longer have any influence on the selection process.

ALA strongly opposes this bill. We need you to contact your U.S. Senators to express your personal opposition and ask them to vote against it.

While the Senate Rules and Administration Committee might not vote in our favor on Tuesday, we must make sure they hear from us. Please send an email today.

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Legislative Update – 11/30/2018

Federal news

Some post-election headlines include focus on news related to health care:

Psychiatric nurse-turned politician, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) will chair the House science committee. Nurse Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and pediatrician Kim Schrier (D-WA) are both eyeing seats on one of two health care policy panels.

With control of Congress split (Democrats control the House; Republicans the Senate), no dramatic changes in health policy are anticipated, accepting the veto of Republican-backed initiatives (repealing the ACA, converting Medicaid into block grants, and making significant changes to Medicare). Medicaid will likely expand in several states that have not yet offered this ACA coverage. Lowering prescription drug prices might be up for negotiation.

State news

There are a few items of interest to libraries moving through the State Legislature right now.  You may want to keep your eye on SB3242 which Amends the Property Tax Code regarding homestead exemptions and SB2365 which makes a technical change in the Freedom of Information Act.

ILA’s Top Ten Quick Advocacy Tip #2: Do your homework.

ILA Annual Conference “Learn Effective Advocacy to Legislators from Legislators” Session Insights: State Congressman Spain and State Senator Weaver agreed that you should do your homework before approaching them on an issue.  You should:

  • Know the name and number of the legislation but give context to the issue too.  Don’t expect them to remember all of the bill, act, and resolution numbers.
  • Think about where they are on the issue and look for points on which you can agree with them.
  • Be able to explain the arguments against your point of view and help them understand how to respond to those arguments.
  • Always be as concise as possible.

Bonus tip: At the session, Senator Weaver explained that he likes to use the “citizen legislator” model.  When he finds a committed and passionate citizen and agrees with their stance on an issue, he is willing to provide the support that they need.  However, this means that the citizen does hours of research, drafting, promoting, and other background work.  He meets with them to review, point out holes, approve, walk them through the process, etc.  All of his work is done in meetings with the citizen. Each meeting you’ll likely go home with homework to present the next time you meet with him.  And be forewarned, this is a major commitment.  It takes a long time and a lot of work to draft legislation and move it through the State Congress.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The American Library Association (ALA) invites library advocates to apply online to join the ALA Policy Corps. The deadline for applications is November 16. The Corps initiative aims to strengthen advocacy related to key national library policy areas–ranging from broadband equity and copyright, to federal funding and STEM education, to privacy and cybersecurity.

The first Policy Corps cohort included two Illinoisans, Jenna Nemec-Loise from North Shore Country Day School and Qiana Johnson from Northwestern University. Please consider applying yourself and share this announcement with colleagues who would be interested in joining the corp. The deadline for applications is November 16.

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