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Legislative News–May 4, 2022

Federal

Insulin Copay Cap Passes House Hurdle, But Senate Looks for a Broader Bill (KHN, April 4, 2022)

U.S. Bills would make it easier to study health effects of marijuana (Science, April 12, 2022)

From the ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office: Unite Against Book Bans, a national initiative to empower readers everywhere to stand together in the fight against censorship. The American Library Association reported more than 729 attempted bans of 1,597 individual books in 2021 alone.

Illinois

House Resolution 0852 was filed on May 2, 2022 that would declare June 2022 as Aphasia Awareness Month in Illinois.

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Legislative News, 04/04/2022

Federal

H.R.1667 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (became Public Law No: 117-105 (03/18/2022)

This bill establishes grants and requires other activities to improve mental and behavioral health among health care providers. Specifically, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must award grants to hospitals, medical professional associations, and other health care entities for programs to promote mental health and resiliency among health care providers. In addition, HHS may award grants for relevant mental and behavioral health training for health care students, residents, or professionals.

State

Durbin, Duckworth Secure $211 Million For Illinois Projects In FY22 Omnibus Appropriations Bill – There are quite a few health-related projects in Illinois that were targeted to get some of the FY22 Omnibus Appropriations funding.  You can see a full list in the article, but unfortunately, the health-related projects are not all grouped into their own category so you’ll need to scan through them all to see everything.

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Legislative News, 2/16/2022

Federal

FDA: Class I recall of Empowered Diagnostics COVID-19 Tests (U.S. Food & Drug Administration, 1/28/2022)

Senate Finance leaders outline mental health legislative timeline (Roll Call, 2/8/2022)

 

Illinois

A few bills the ILA is currently following:

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Registration is still open for the remaining ILA 2022 Library Legislative Meet-ups. This annual series of events provides an opportunity to meet with your state and federal legislators and hear their thoughts firsthand about issues affecting libraries in your area. The ILA President will bring welcoming remarks; ILA Legislative Consultant Derek Blaida and ILA Executive Director Diane Foote will speak about Springfield and Washington legislative priorities.

Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate. Our legislative events will look a little different this year, as they will all be held virtually through Zoom. We’ll miss the interactive give-and-take that gathering over a meal allows in this webinar format, but there will still be opportunities for Q&A. What won’t change is our commitment to advocating for Illinois libraries!

The remaining Meet-ups will take place on Friday, February 4 (South Suburban & Chicago); Monday, February 14 (Metro East & Southern Illinois); Monday, February 21 (North Suburban & Chicago); and Monday, February 28 (Northwestern Illinois)Advance registration is required, and events will not be recorded (primarily due to the rapid pace of legislative developments, and content may change), so don’t wait! If you have questions regarding registration or you’re not sure which Meet-up covers your library and legislative district, contact the ILA office at ila@ila.org.

This year’s Virtual Meet-ups will be free for ILA members, including staff and trustees from ILA institutional member libraries. For non-members who wish to attend, registration will be $15.

To see the list of the remaining Virtual Meet-ups and register for one, please go here.

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Legislative News, 01/28/2022

Federal

Supreme Court blocks vaccine-or-mask mandate for larger employers (Roll Call, Jan. 13, 2022)

Unspent funds color debate over additional pandemic relief (Roll Call, Jan. 28, 2022)

New ban on surprise medical bills starts today (New York Times via the CDC Public Health Law News, January 2022) [See also: H.R. 133, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Division BB)

Vaccine mandate for health workers starts to take effect (The Hill, Jan. 27, 2022)

Government watchdog faults HHS leadership for sustained public health crisis failures (The Hill, Jan. 27, 2022)

White House says 60M households have ordered free COVID-19 tests (The Hill, Jan. 28, 2022)

Retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will leave a mark on science in the courtroom (Science, Jan. 26, 2022)

 

Illinois

Another friendly reminder to register for an ILA Legislative Meet-up. These can be very informative meetings. They are not recorded so you can not go back later to see what happened – register today @ https://www.ila.org/events/legislative-meet-ups.

And don’t forget ILA’s Ready, Set, Advocate Toolkit. With 3 training modules and 16 advocacy guides, you are sure to find something useful!

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

We are pleased to announce registration is now open for ILA’s 2022 Library Legislative Meet-ups. This annual series of events provides an opportunity to meet with your state and federal legislators and hear their thoughts firsthand about issues affecting libraries in your area. The ILA President will bring welcoming remarks; ILA Legislative Consultant Derek Blaida and ILA Executive Director Diane Foote will speak about Springfield and Washington legislative priorities.

Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate. Our legislative events will look a little different this year as they will all be held virtually through Zoom. We’ll miss the interactive give-and-take that gathering over a meal allows in this webinar format, but there will still be opportunities for Q&A. What won’t change is our commitment to advocating for Illinois libraries!

The first Meet-up will take place on Monday, January 24, while the last one will occur on Monday, February 28Advance registration is required, and events will not be recorded (primarily due to the rapid pace of legislative developments, and content may change), so don’t wait! If you have questions regarding registration or you’re not sure which Meet-up covers your library and legislative district, contact the ILA office at ila@ila.org.

This year’s Virtual Meet-ups will be free for ILA members, including staff and trustees from ILA institutional member libraries. For non-members who wish to attend, registration will be $15.

To see the list of Virtual Meet-ups and register for one, please go here.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

We are pleased to announce registration is now open for ILA’s 2022 Library Legislative Meet-ups. This annual series of events provides an opportunity to meet with your state and federal legislators and hear their thoughts firsthand about issues affecting libraries in your area. The ILA President will bring welcoming remarks; ILA Legislative Consultant Derek Blaida and ILA Executive Director Diane Foote will speak about Springfield and Washington legislative priorities.

Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate. Our legislative events will look a little different this year as they will all be held virtually through Zoom. We’ll miss the interactive give-and-take that gathering over a meal allows in this webinar format, but there will still be opportunities for Q&A. What won’t change is our commitment to advocating for Illinois libraries!

​The first Meet-up will take place on Monday, January 24, while the last one will occur on Monday, February 28Advance registration is required, and events will not be recorded (primarily due to the rapid pace of legislative developments, and content may change), so don’t wait! If you have questions regarding registration or you’re not sure which Meet-up covers your library and legislative district, contact the ILA office at ila@ila.org.

This year’s Virtual Meet-ups will be free for ILA members, including staff and trustees from ILA institutional member libraries. For non-members who wish to attend, registration will be $15. 

To see the list of Virtual Meet-ups and register for one, please go here.

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Legislative News, 12/10/2021

Federal News –

Health Care industry seeks surprise billing changes this month (Roll Call, 12/8/2021)

Senate passes resolution to end COVID-19 shots-or-test rule (Roll Call, 12/9/2021)

 

State News –

Two new opposing COVID-19 expenses bills filed with the Illinois state legislature:

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Legislative News 11/22/2021

Federal News

Student Nurses Who Refuse Vaccination Struggle to Complete Degrees (Kaiser Health News, 10/4/2021)

FDA guidance calls for voluntary salt reduction in food supply (The Hill, 10/13/21)

Bills passed:

SB1828: HAVANA Act of 2021 Helping American Victims Afflicted by Neurological Attacks Act of 2021 [became Public Law No. 117-46 on 10/8/2021]

Specifically authorizes the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of State, and other agencies to provide payments to agency personnel who incur brain injuries from hostilities while on assignment. Since 2016, some intelligence, diplomatic, and other governmental personnel have reported experiencing unusual cognitive and neurological impairments while on assignment (particularly abroad), the source of which is currently under investigation. Symptoms were first reported by personnel stationed in Cuba and have since been collectively referred to as Havana Syndrome.

Bills to watch:

HB5520, Literature Selection Technical Review Committee Reform Act of 2021. To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase due process and transparency at the National Library of Medicine in listing and delisting journals in MEDLINE (or any other current or successor database or indices), and for other purposes. [Introduced 10/8/21]

State News

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Noon Network has been hosting a series of webinars called Ready, Set, Advocate! The series is offered by the ILA Advocacy Committee and recordings are available after each session. There is also a Toolkit available.

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Call for Applications: ALA Policy Corps (Deadline Wed., Dec. 1)

(via Nancy Kranich, Rutgers University-New Brunswick)

Applications are now open for the fourth cohort of ALA’s national Policy Corps. Designed for early-to-mid-career library professionals, the program helps equip participants with critical policy and advocacy skills and knowledge. Join us in building and amplifying our ability to advocate on key policy issues on behalf of the library community.

Participants will focus on issues for which deep and sustained knowledge is necessary to advance ALA policy goals among policymakers. Training and opportunities to participate in targeted national advocacy will be provided to participants. Learn more about the ALA Policy Corps here (note that UIUC’s Sara Benson was a member of the 2020 cohort), and see our release announcing the application period opening. Questions should be directed to Larra Clark (lclark@ala.org) or Jazzy Celindro (jcelindro@ala.org).

Interested in joining this effort? Submit your application here by Wednesday, December 1. Note: selected finalists will subsequently be asked to submit a two-minute recorded video presentation about a sample policy issue.

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