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Legislative News, 03/27/2020

Federal news

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration [Federal Emergency Management Agency release on 3/13/2020]
On March 13, 2020, the President declared the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant an emergency declaration for all states, tribes, territories, and the District of Columbia…

H.R. 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act [became Public Law No. 116-127 on 3/18/2020]
This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak by providing paid sick leave, tax credits, and free COVID-19 testing; expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits; and increasing Medicaid funding.

H.R. 748 CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act [passed Senate on 3/25/2020, awaiting vote in House]

Massive U.S. coronavirus stimulus includes research dollars and some aid to universities [Science, 3/25/2020]

Affordable Care Act Turns 10 Amid Coronavirus Outbreak [NPR, 3/23/2020]

Hoping That Insurance Expansion Will Help Tamp Outbreak, 9 States Reopen Marketplaces [Kaiser Health News, 3/20/2020]

Lawmakers, labor leaders ramp up calls to use Defense Production Act [The Hill, 3/26/2020]

MLA and AAHSL comments to NLM addressing ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization [3/16/2020]

MLA and AAHSL comments on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting from Federally Funded Research [3/16/2020]

State News

If you need information about Illinois’ COVID-19 response, here are some helpful links:

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Legislative news, 03/13/2020

Federal news

Trump to hold Friday news conference on coronavirus [The Hill, 3/13/20]
“…Bloomberg News reported he plans to declare a national emergency, a move that had been under consideration for some time. Declaring a national emergency would allow wider use of federal funds by state and local authorities, some of which have been overwhelmed by the fast-moving coronavirus. The press conference will come as House lawmakers are likely to vote on sweeping legislation to provide financial help to victims.”

Outbreak urgency may intersect with broader health bill effort: The coronavirus outbreak is highlighting gaps in the health care system [Roll Call, 3/10/20]

H.B. 6074 “Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020” became Public Law 116-123 on March 6, 2020. This bill provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

ALA continues to urge advocates to #FundLibraries [American Libraries Magazine, 3/3/20]

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Legislative Update, 02/26/2020

Federal news

White House unveils $2.5B emergency coronavirus plan [Associated Press, 2/24/20]

White House formally invites public comment on open-access policies [Science, 2/21/20]

In the House this week: HR 2339 Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019 [House.gov, 2/25/20]

 

FY21 Budget Proposal

National Institutes of Health would see 7% cut in 2021 under White House plan [Science, 2/10/20]

Mystery $844B pot in Trump budget signals Medicaid cuts [Associated Press, 2/10/20]

ALA takes FY 2021 budget cuts seriously, urges members of Congress to visit libraries [ALA news, 2/10/20]

Ask your representative to #FundLibraries: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/contact-congress

 

State News

Another Illinois General Assembly immunization bill was filed on February 14.  SB3668 amends several acts and codes related to immunizations and school exemptions.  Other current immunization bills include SB1659 and HB4870.  See also an article from CBSN about SB3668 [this link also includes a national story about Facebook Groups and false health information].

Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivered his budget address last week.  View the recording here [his speech starts about 8 minutes into the video.]

The Illinois Library Association just published a new edition of Illinois Library Laws and RulesVisit the ILA website to purchase a copy.

 

 

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Legislative Update, 02/10/2020

Federal news

Having a hard time keeping up with presidential campaigning? Kaiser Health News gives us “A Guide To Following The Health Debate In The 2020 Elections.”

Supreme Court allows Trump’s ‘public charge’ rule to proceed: The 5-4 ruling would deny green cards to immigrants who use federal aid programs [Roll Call, 1/27/20]

“The [tech industry] companies argued the rule would negatively impact the U.S. economy and cause drops in the enrollment of health services including the Children’s Health Insurance Program.”

State news

State to release $50M in grants to expand broadband (State Journal-Register) – much of this money is intended to improve telehealth capabilities in rural communities.

The Safe Patient Limits (HB2604) bill is still moving through the House.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Would you like to meet your legislator and advocate for libraries in higher education? Here is your chance! Note that the Chicago event will take place on March 6 in the beautiful Winter Garden at HWLC downtown.

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2020 ILA Legislative Meet-ups

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.

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

Get a sneak preview of ILA’s legislative priorities and some tips for how to prepare for a Meet-up by viewing this free, 15-minute preparatory video.

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

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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.

$45

 

Friday, February 7, 2020

Metro East

Library Legislative Breakfast

Sunset Hills Country Club

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

$25

 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Southern Illinois

Library Legislative Lunch

Effingham Public Library

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

$25

 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Central Illinois

Library Legislative Breakfast

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

$30

 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Western Illinois

Library Legislative Lunch

Galesburg Public Library

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

$25

 

Monday, February 17, 2020

President’s Day

Library Legislative Breakfast

Arboretum Club (Buffalo Grove)

7:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

$30

 

Friday, February 21, 2020

South Suburban

Library Legislative Lunch

Tinley Park Public Library

7:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

$25

 

Friday, March 6, 2020

Chicago

Library Legislative Lunch

Harold Washington Library Center Winter Garden

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

$45

 

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

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Legislative Update, 01/24/2020

Federal news

Supreme Court denies blue states’ effort to expedite ObamaCare challenge [The Hill, 1/21/2020]

“Tuesday’s order makes it unlikely that the high court will rule on the health care law before the November presidential election, where health insurance policy is sure to play a prominent role.”

Trump’s Claim He ‘Saved’ Preexisting Conditions ‘Part Fantasy, Part Delusion’ [Kaiser Health News, 1/15/2020]

“The health policy experts we consulted, however, were unambiguous: The president’s claim has no factual basis and flies in the face of his ongoing policy efforts.”

FDA and NIH let clinical trial sponsors keep results secret and break the law [Science, 1/13/2020]

“Among more than 4700 clinical trials examined by Science, less than 45% had their results reported early or on time to ClinicalTrials.gov.”

State news

Please take a minute to read the Illinois Library Association’s latest legislative update and review their list of items in the Illinois General Assembly’s Spring Session 2020.

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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.

$45

 

Friday, February 7, 2020

Metro East

Library Legislative Breakfast

Sunset Hills Country Club

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

$25

 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Southern Illinois

Library Legislative Lunch

Effingham Public Library

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

$25

 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Central Illinois

Library Legislative Breakfast

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

$30

 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Western Illinois

Library Legislative Lunch

Galesburg Public Library

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

$25

 

Monday, February 17, 2020

President’s Day

Library Legislative Breakfast

Arboretum Club (Buffalo Grove)

7:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

$30

 

Friday, February 21, 2020

South Suburban

Library Legislative Lunch

Tinley Park Public Library

7:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

$25

 

Friday, March 6, 2020

Chicago

Library Legislative Lunch

Harold Washington Library Center Winter Garden

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

$45

 

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. https://www.ila.org/events/legislative-meet-ups

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(via Megan Ortegon, American Library Association)

Registration for NLLD 2020 is now open! www.ala.org/advocacy/nlld

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 NLLD@alawash.org. 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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