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Legislative News, 10/23/2020

Federal news

S.2661 – National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 [became Public Law 116-172 on 10/17/2020]

To designate 9-8-8 as the universal telephone number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.

S.785 – Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019 [became Public Law 116-171 on 10/17/2020]

This bill makes updates related to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) transition assistance, mental health care, care for women veterans, and telehealth care.

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Legislative News, 10/07/2020

Federal news

Call for Action [MLAConnect, 9/29/2020]

The MLA Governmental Relations Committee encourages members of the health sciences library community to share the statement, MLA/AAHSL Call for Transparency and Impartiality in the Dissemination of Health Information, with your elected officials. Help them understand how scientific evidence is being used to combat the CORONAVIRUS in your local areas and throughout your state. Let them know that interfering with or delaying the dissemination of scientific evidence is unacceptable and dangerous.

Email is the most expedient way to reach your Representatives and Senators.

For contact information go to: IL Senators and IL Representatives.

State news

September was a busy month for our state legislature. Here are just a few items that may be of interest.

House Bill 4454 – Amends the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB4454/2019) – added co-sponsors

House Bill 4692 – Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1987. (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB4692/2019) – added co-sponsors

House Bill 5842 – Appropriates $15,000,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the African-American HIV/AIDS Response Fund. (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB5842/2019) – filed

House Bill 5848 – Creates the Medical Direction By Law Enforcement Act.  (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB5848/2019) – filed

House Joint Resolution – Declares racism a public health crisis.  (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HJR0128/2019) – filed

Senate Bill 0110 – Amends the Property Tax Code.  (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/SB0110/2019) – chief sponsor change

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Legislative News, 09/21/2020

Federal News

Senate Democrats block Republican Covid relief proposal [Politico, 9/10/2020]

“Senate Democrats blocked a scaled-down, $500 billion Republican coronavirus relief measure Thursday, weakening the chances that Congress will approve another package before the November election.” (S.178)

Pushing for Action on LSFA [American Libraries, 9/14/2020]

“[The Library Stabilization Fund Act] (S. 4181/H.R. 7486) would establish a $2 billion emergency fund to address financial losses and bolster library services for libraries of all types, with priority given to the hardest-hit communities.”

State News

Pritzker orders agencies to start looking at cuts [State Journal-Register, 9/15/2020]

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Legislative News, 09/03/2020

Federal news

S.2163 Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act [became Public Law 116-156 on 8/14/2020]

Establishes the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys within the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Office of the Staff Director to conduct a systematic study of the conditions affecting Black men and boys. This includes education, justice and Civil Rights, healthcare, labor and employment, and housing.

S.3607 Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act of 2020 [became Public Law 116-157 on 8/14/2020]

Extends death and disability benefits under the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program (PSOB) to public safety officers and survivors of public safety officers who die or become injured as a result of COVID-19. The PSOB program provides death, disability, and education benefits to public safety officers and survivors of public safety officers who are killed or injured in the line of duty.

State News

“Virus deaths, positivity rate spike amid low reported testing output” – available here [The State Journal-Register, 9/1/20] – This article summarizes recent numbers, gives information on areas under increased mitigation, and discusses the reasons for reporting backlogs.

Also a reminder that the State Journal Register has an Under the Dome podcast that covers a variety of legislative topics.

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Legislative News, 08/19/2020

Federal news

S.4091 Emergency Aid for Returning Americans Affected by Coronavirus Act [became Public Law 116-148 on 7/13/2020]

Provides, “temporary assistance for U.S. citizens and their dependents who are returning from foreign countries due to a crisis and are without available resources,” including for medical care.

The Latest on Broadband Bills [American Libraries, 7/15/2020]

Bills include funding for hotspots, in particular, and other emergency library funding:

Also forthcoming in the Senate: HOTSPOTS Act

State news

From the Illinois Library Association:

“On August 7, 2020, a statewide mandate for people over age 2 to wear face coverings in public and maintain social distance of six feet where possible was announced, with penalties assessed to the business or institution if the rule is broken. On August 11, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, a bipartisan committee of the Illinois General Assembly, voted to allow the rule to proceed. Libraries are once again not explicitly named in these rules, but a recent post on Ancel, Glink’s Municipal Minute notes that the rule applies to ‘Any business, service, facility, or organization open to the public or to employees.'”

A few bills being worked on currently that may be of interest:

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Legislative Action Item: The Library Stabilization Fund Act

From the ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office:

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Andy Levin (D-MI) are sponsoring legislation calling for $2 billion in economic recovery funding for America’s libraries through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Library Stabilization Fund Act would allow libraries across the country to retain staff, maintain services, and safely keep communities connected and informed.

Stand with library colleagues and the communities they serve by calling on Congress to act.

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Legislative News, 07/08/2020

Federal news
Preparing for the Next Pandemic (comments submitted) [MLAConnect, 6/23/20]

Black Caucus lays out legislative priorities for combating systemic racism [Roll Call, 7/1/20]

SB4181/HB7486 The Library Stabilization Fund Act (informational flier) SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR CONGRESSPERSON [ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office, 7/2/20]

Operation Warp Speed’s opaque choices of COVID-19 vaccines draw Senate scrutiny [Science, 7/2/20]

House spending bill counters Trump threat to cut WHO funding [The Hill, 7/6/20]

House spending panels to boost NIH, DOE science budgets [Science, 7/7/20]

Clash looms over next coronavirus relief bill [The Hill, 7/7/20]

High Court Allows Employers To Opt Out Of ACA’s Mandate On Birth Control Coverage [Kaiser Health News, 7/8/20]

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Legislative News, 06/23/2020

Federal news

Bills to watch

·         H.R.990 Recognizing racism as a national crisis and the need for a truth and reconciliation process. This resolution recognizes racism as a national public health crisis and supports the creation of a truth and reconciliation process to address historic, enduring systemic and structural racism against black people. [Introduced 6/4/20]

·         S.B.3917 A bill to establish a home-based telemental health care demonstration program for purposes of increasing mental health services in rural medically underserved populations and for individuals in farming, fishing, and forestry occupations. [Introduced 6/9/20]

In the news

Alexander pushes for passage of pandemic planning law this year [Roll Call, 6/9/20]

Will the Supreme Court’s landmark LGBTQ decision impact health care discrimination rules? [Roll Call, 6/17/20]

Coronavirus economy drains Social Security, Medicare coffers [Roll Call, 6/18/20]


State news

Just a reminder to check the ILA website’s Advocacy page.  They do a great job of keeping us up to date on legislative progress.  To see what was just signed into law, visit https://www.ila.org/advocacy/legislative-issues/illinois-legislative-issues

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Legislative News, 06/04/2020

Federal news

MLA and AAHSL recommend FY21 NLM Funding of at least $479.7 million [MLA Connect, 5/29/20]

Trump administration requiring labs to report racial, ethnic information from COVID-19 test results [The Hill, 6/4/20]

Top health lawmakers push HHS on COVID-19 Medicaid payments [Roll Call, 6/3/20]

HEROES Act Stalls in Senate [American Libraries, 5/22/20]

Will Trump White House tear down journal paywalls? Many anxiously await a decision [Science, 5/21/20]

State news

The Illinois legislature was back in session and worked on a number of issues.  They have passed a budget (SB0264).  They are also looking at a number of bills that are prompted by COVID-19, including some related to the unemployment benefits system, emergency management, price gouging, etc.  To scan a listing of recent activity, you can visit Legiscan (results of an Illinois search here).

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Legislative News, 05/18/2020

Federal news
House narrowly passes $3 trillion coronavirus aid bill [Roll Call, 5/15/2020]
“Democrats’ bill would [provide, among other relief,] $100 billion for a public health fund for hospitals and other health care providers…. The Senate won’t take up the legislation in its current form, though key senators will begin discussions with Democratic leaders and the Trump administration.”

Several healthcare-related bills have been introduced this month, including: H.B.6666 COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act [introduced 5/1/2020]
“This bill authorizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to award grants for testing, contact tracing, monitoring, and other activities to address COVID-19. Entities such as federally qualified health centers, nonprofit organizations, and certain hospitals and schools are eligible to receive such grants.”

State news
Read the Restore Illinois plan. [Warning: this is a rather large file.]

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