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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Registration is now open for the 2020 ILA Legislative Meet-ups!

The ILA Legislative Meet-ups are a chance for the Illinois library community to hear from and meet with state lawmakers and discuss the issues affecting libraries.

In the wake of Macmillan’s decision to limit access to ebooks resulting in the #eBooksForAll campaign, ongoing efforts to save net neutrality, and perennial library funding challenges, it has become more important than ever to support and advocate for libraries.

Library patrons, trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are strongly encouraged to attend and participate.

The registration fee includes breakfast or lunch, legislative materials, and a program featuring state and federal legislative briefing and library-related priorities and speakers.

Additional information, including the lists of invited legislators and legislative issues, is available on the ILA website.

If you have any questions regarding the 2020 ILA Legislative Meet-ups, please contact the ILA office.


Monday, February 3, 2020

West Suburban

Library Legislative Lunch

Chicago Marriott Oak Brook

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.



Friday, February 7, 2020

Metro East

Library Legislative Breakfast

Sunset Hills Country Club

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.



Monday, February 10, 2020

Southern Illinois

Library Legislative Lunch

Effingham Public Library

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.



Friday, February 14, 2020

Central Illinois

Library Legislative Breakfast

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.



Friday, February 14, 2020

Western Illinois

Library Legislative Lunch

Galesburg Public Library

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.



Monday, February 17, 2020

President’s Day

Library Legislative Breakfast

Arboretum Club (Buffalo Grove)

7:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.



Friday, February 21, 2020

South Suburban

Library Legislative Lunch

Tinley Park Public Library

7:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.



Friday, March 6, 2020


Library Legislative Lunch

Harold Washington Library Center Winter Garden

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.



Register today to attend a 2020 ILA Legislative Meet-up.

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Legislative Update, 01/07/2020

Federal news

The FY20 funding bill passed in the House and Senate late last month. The NIH will see an increase of $2.6 billion to $41.7 billion. IMLS funding increases $10 million to $252 million. [Labor-HHS-Education summary from House Committee on Appropriations, 12/16/2019]
Kaiser Health News provides further highlights: raising the smoking age to 21, funding gun violence research for the first time in over 20 years, repeal of three health law taxes, and cutting Medicaid funding to Puerto Rico [12/20/2019].
Lab animal research involving dogs, cats, and primates will be significantly curtailed under this law, as well. [Science, 12/19/2019]

Congress poised to pass paid parental leave for federal workers [The Hill, 12/11/2019; S.B. 1790]
“The provision, folded into a defense bill months in the working, would give all federal civilian employees three months of paid leave for the birth, adoption or fostering of a child.”

Trump administration restricts some e-cigarette flavors [Reuters, 1/2/2020]

Lawmakers urge Supreme Court to reexamine abortion decisions [Roll Call, 1/2/2020]
“Mostly Republican group targets Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood v. Casey”

New drug price hikes set stage for 2020 fight [The Hill, 1/7/2020]
“Drug companies kicked off the year by raising prices on a wide range of treatments by an average of about 5 percent”

Five health care fights to watch in 2020 [The Hill, 12/29/2019]
Issues include drug pricing, surprise billing, ObamaCare, Medicare for All, and vaping.

State news

Registration is now open for the Illinois Library Association 2020 Legislative Meet-ups. Please see the ILA website for more details or to register.

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(via Megan Ortegon, American Library Association)

Registration for NLLD 2020 is now open!

When library advocates gather to share their experiences, collaborate to overcome common obstacles, and strive to elevate their skill sets, valuable learning and growth are bound to happen. Here’s hoping you’re planning to join us in May: ALA opens registration for 2020 National Library Legislative Day

If you have any questions, please contact me at The deadline to register is March 31, and participation is limited to 400 people.

Advocate leaders across ALA are sharing why they plan to attend. Check out what they have to say:
Sharon Kay Edwards on Twitter
Janet T. O’Keefe on Twitter
K.G. Schneider on Twitter
Ray Ray Pun on Twitter
Eileen Palmer on Twitter

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Legislative Update, 12/10/2019

Federal news

Lots of legislative health-related stories are in the headlines. Here are some of the highlights:

MLA comments on the use of the FHIR standard for capturing and sharing clinical data [MLA, 11/22/2019]

“Today, the Medical Library Association (MLA) commented on how the Health Level Seven International (HL7®)  Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard could be used to capture, integrate, and exchange clinical data for research purposes and to enhance capabilities to share research data.”

668,000 will lose food stamp benefits under new work rules [Associated Press, 12/4/2019]

House GOP unveils alternative drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote [The Hill, 12/9/2019]

Deal banning surprise medical bills also ups tobacco purchase age to 21 [Roll Call, 12/8/2019]

Health care spending grew at a faster rate in 2018 [Axios, 12/5/2019]

“U.S. health care spending climbed again not because people went to the doctor or hospital more frequently, but because the industry charged higher prices.”

Major journal editors blast EPA’s ‘secret science’ rule, again [Science, 11/26/2019]

“The proposal could become ‘a mechanism for suppressing the use of relevant scientific evidence in policy-making, including public health regulations,’ the editors of Science, Nature, PLOS, Cell Press, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences write today in a joint statement.”

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Legislative Update, 11/21/2019

Federal news

Democrats face a number of hurdles in order to enact a Medicare for All-type health care system, including recreating the health care insurance industry. This Roll Call story covers the complications of this central campaign issue.

State news

HB3888 – EPA-Ethylene Oxide Phase Out : This bill may be of interest to some. It is an amendment to the Environmental Protection Act and involves a compound that is used in medical equipment sterilization.   It has now passed the House and moved into the Senate.   Read a summary from Lexology here or read a different summary and find out the bill’s progress courtesy of Legiscan here.

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Legislative Update, 11/06/2019

Federal news

On October 1, 2019, a U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the FCC’s authority to eliminate net neutrality protections, but ruled that states or other local efforts can take action to support net neutrality. Read more from this ALA press release.

Senate Democrats fail in bid to block Trump’s Obamacare opt-out [Politico, 10/30/2019]
“The Senate voted 43-52 to reject the resolution, which aimed to block new guidance that provides states greater leeway to overhaul their insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act.”

State News

SB132 – MEDICAL IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING seems to be moving again.  Summary: “Amends the Nurse Practice Act and the Medical Practice Act of 1987. Requires the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to adopt rules to include implicit bias training in the continuing education requirements for licensees under the Acts. Defines “implicit bias”. Effectively immediately.”

There is also some movement on SB667 – PRICING-PRESCRIPTION INSULIN which “Amends the Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan Act.”  [listed as just a technical change]

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Legislative Update, 10/18/2019

Federal news:

Trump suspends entry for migrants who will ‘financially burden the United States healthcare system’ [The Hill, 10/4/2019]

“Migrants will be considered people who will burden the system if they are not covered by approved health insurance within 30 days of entering the country unless they have enough money to ‘pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs.'”

Trump admin shifts family planning funds from Planned Parenthood to other providers [The Hill, 9/30/2019]

“The Trump administration says it has reallocated $34 million in federal funds given up by Planned Parenthood and other providers that did not want to comply with new abortion restrictions on a federal family planning program.”

Trump Is Trying Hard To Thwart Obamacare. How’s That Going? [NPR, 10/14/2019]

Summarizes “five of the biggest changes to the federal health law under President Trump.”

CBO: Pelosi bill to lower drug prices saves Medicare $345 billion [The Hill, 10/11/2019]

“A preliminary analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) finds that the core provision of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) signature bill to lower drug prices would save Medicare $345 billion between 2023 and 2029.”

Trump executive order to focus on modernizing Medicare [Roll Call, 10/3/2019]

“An executive order President Donald Trump will sign this afternoon will focus on modernizing Medicare by increasing access to telehealth and innovative therapies, according to senior officials.”

Federal health officials propose loosening anti-kickback laws [Roll Call, 10/9/2019]

“The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled plans to loosen two anti-corruption laws for doctors, in a bid to promote new ways of delivering coordinated health care while attempting to preserve the laws’ core aim of combating fraud and abuse.”

Dismissed EPA science advisers gather in ‘unprecedented’ challenge to Trump administration [Science, 10/10/2019]

“Its 20 members, almost all of them from academia, had previously served on a comparable advisory panel for EPA, only to be summarily fired last fall by the agency’s then-acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler.” The meeting will address air quality standards for fine particulate matter, which are tied to health-related issues of the heart and lungs.

State news:

1.3% hike in Bloomington Public Library tax levy proposed [Pantagraph, 10/15/2019]

“The Bloomington Public Library again will seek a tax levy increase as it continues to face $2 million in needed repairs while awaiting a financial commitment from the city to expand at its current site.”

ALPLM gets book collection of Lincoln biographer [State Journal-Register, 10/15/2019]

Video and article about the recent acquisition.

Info on the Chicago Public Schools Strike [Chicago Teacher’s Union website]

They were offered a raise but what do the teachers really want: a full time librarian in every school for one thing!


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Legislative Update, 09/29/2019

Federal news

Senate bill would give NIH $3 billion in 2020, or 7.7% boost (Science, 9/18/2019)
“Like the House bill, the Senate measure rejects Trump’s proposal to move the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality into NIH.”

Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices (The Hill, 9/19/2019)

Political tensions escalate as drug pricing bills move forward (Roll Call, 9/26/2019)

House passes bill to revamp medical screenings for migrants at border (The Hill, 9/26/2019)
H.R.3525 – U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act (View on

Bipartisan group urges FDA to go beyond vaping flavor ban (Roll Call, 9/13/2019)

State news

Just a reminder that the Illinois Library Association is very active politically.  They have an Advocacy program and a Public Policy Committee.  Check out what has been happening lately on this Illinois Legislative Issues page.

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Legislative Update, 08/27/2019

Federal news

New Law Will Require Breastfeeding Rooms in Federal Buildings (

“The Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act (H.R. 866) … stipulates that these lactation rooms will be hygienic places provided in addition to the restrooms that are ‘shielded from view’, ‘free from intrusion’ and ‘contains a chair, a working surface, and, if the public building is otherwise supplied with electricity, an electrical outlet.’ ”

Trump abortion rule could hit rural communities hard (The Hill)

“Planned Parenthood, government agencies in blue states and other health providers are expected to tell the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday that they will not comply with its new rules banning recipients of Title X family planning funds from referring women for abortions.”

House Democratic chairman launches probe of e-cigarette makers (The Hill)

“…officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with state health officials are currently investigating 94 possible cases of severe lung illnesses linked to vaping among young people in 14 states…”

Senate bill aims to protect taxpayers from costly drugs (Roll Call)

“The proposed changes reflect the fact that drugs are more expensive than when the Medicare drug benefit was first enacted.”

Senate GOP plans to divert health, education funds to border wall (Roll Call)

“Senate Republicans are looking to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall in part by putting about $5 billion less in the largest domestic spending bill, several people with knowledge of the process said.”

State news

New Illinois laws take aim at high maternal death rates, racial disparities (The State Journal-Register)

This article provides a brief summary of the package of new laws regarding maternal health that were just signed into law.  According to the article, “Women also have the right to receive medical information in a language they understand, and to receive information about breastfeeding.”

Pharmacists encouraged by new law regulating pharmacy benefit managers (The State Journal-Register)

Among the provisions of this new law: “The new law will eliminate PBM “gag clauses” that prevent pharmacists from informing patients how they can obtain prescription drugs more cheaply, Reynolds said.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs 129 bills, vetoes three (The Center Square Illinois)

A quick run down of all the bills that were recently signed or vetoed.

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Legislative Update, 08/09/2019

Federal News

Trump Administration Moves To Make Health Care Costs More Transparent [from Kaiser Health News]

A recap of Wednesday’s Democratic debate, with a focus on healthcare remarks: Biden-Harris Debate Rematch Highlights Health Plan Differences [from Kaiser Health News]

Juul [e-cigarette company] Targeted Schools and Youth Camps, House Panel on Vaping Claims

[from The New York Times]

Researchers weigh in on Trump’s $500 million plan to share childhood cancer data [from Science]

Trump administration releases details on fetal tissue restrictions [from Science]

State News

Obesity: Not a Disability in Illinois [from Lexology]

Extreme Obesity Ruled Not Necessarily a Disability Under ADA, Says Seventh Circuit [from The National Law Review]

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