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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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(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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