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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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Legislative News 10/08/2021

Federal News

NIH head Collins to step down as leader (Roll Call, 10/5/2021)

Democrats weigh health care provisions in $3.5 trillion bill (Roll Call, 9/30/2021)

 

Illinois News

There have been lots of bills and resolutions introduced in the Illinois state legislature lately. Here is a sampling of some that might be of interest:

House Resolution 469 – CONGRATS-DR. DENNIS PALMER – https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HR0469/2021

House Bill 4149 – PARENTAL MEDICAL CHOICE ACT – https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB4149/2021

House Resolution 456 – CONGRATS-SHOKRY TAWFIK, M.D. – https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HR0456/2021

Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 12 – PARENTAL RIGHTS – https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/SJRCA0012/2021

House Bill 4131 – AMENDS SCHOOL CODE-SCHOOL BOARDS/MASKS – https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB4131/2021

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Legislative News, 09/14/2021

Federal News

Biden administration releases $25B in COVID-19 relief for providers (The Hill, 9/10/2021)

Biden administration reveals its roadmap for lowering drug prices (Kaiser Health News Morning Briefing, 09/10/2021)

 

Illinois News

Today we are highlighting a resource for legislative news – The Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) – Legislative Advocacy website.  “The Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) advocates on behalf of physicians, medical groups and patients…”  Visit their website to sign up for legislative alerts, view current legislative priorities for ISMS, or read reports and summaries of Illinois legislation.

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(via Megan Cusick, ALA)

We are pleased to announce that ALA will host a virtual Legislative Summit on Saturday, October 16, from 12:00 to 3:30 PM CDT. Please note that this is not a public event, since it is intended for key legislative liaisons within ALA and its statewide organizations and space is limited.

In recent years, state library associations have needed to address adverse legislation challenging intellectual freedom, privacy, and local community control of the library. These bills, which have gained traction in legislatures throughout the United States, range from internet censorship and filtering to the removal of library workers’ longstanding protections under harmful to minors laws, to the more recent attempts to ban the teaching of history, social sciences, and culture related to BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized populations.

This summit will explore the history of these bills, the groups supporting them, examples from states that have dealt with them already, and updates from impacted partner entities. It will also include strategies for proactive and responsive advocacy for your organization. Participants will receive a toolkit and the opportunity for follow-up assistance.

Even if your state has not yet experienced these bills, this session will help keep your organization apprised of national efforts that impact libraries of all types and will provide strategies that support all of your advocacy work. In addition, it will establish a dialogue among state legislative contacts that can be sustained during upcoming legislative sessions.

Who should attend? We ask that your organization identify key participants who are:

  • Representatives of ALA’s divisions and statewide stakeholder groups (state association, state library, etc.).
  • The organization’s point person on advocacy, legislation, and/or intellectual freedom who is able to share information with organizational leadership and relevant committees.

All participants should be:

  • Committed to sharing information with ALA on related legislation impacting their stakeholder group, in order to strengthen coordination and advocacy across states.
  • Committed to responding to a brief post-event survey and working with ALA to schedule any desired follow-up with respective organizations (e.g., training, strategizing).
  • Committed to preserving the confidentiality of information, strategy, and documents shared during the Summit.

The summit will not be recorded, and advance registration is required. Register by completing this form.

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Caldwell-Stone, at dstone@ala.org, or Megan Cusick, at mcusick@ala.org.

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Legislative News, 08/20/2021

Federal News

Biden vaccine rule sets stage for onslaught of lawsuits (The Hill, 8/3/21)

Build America’s Libraries Act: Deadline approaching (ALA Advocacy Alert, 8/16/2021)

 

Illinois News

Bills of interest:

HB4092 (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB4092/2021) – Amends the State Library Act.  – Referred to Rules Committee – 5/25/2021.

SB2294 (https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/SB2294/2021) – Creates the Illinois Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Act. – Public Act 102-0043 – 7/6/2021.

 

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Legislative News, 07/30/2021

Federal News

Biden bid for federal workers to get COVID-19 shots prompts debate [Roll Call, 7/28/21] See also from Roll Call: As COVID-19 cases rise, CDC urges masks indoors, including schools: Republicans criticize new guidelines, saying agency can no longer be trusted  [7/27/21]

ALA applauds FY 2022 federal funding for libraries in House Appropriations bill, looks to Senate for support [ALA news, 7/15/21]

The National Library of Medicine saw an increase of $23 million. A summary of the bill is available from the House Committee on Appropriations.

Senate Democrats’ Plan Boosts Spending on Medicare, ACA Subsidies, Long-Term Care [Kaiser Health News, 7/15/21]

Virtual care becomes a common cause in a divided Congress [Politico, 6/30/21]

 

Illinois News

Governor Pritzker signed several bills on July 23rd. Among these are many related to mental and physical health care. To see a quick summary of the highlights, check out “Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed 56 measures Friday, upping total from this session to 160” from the State Journal-Register.

To see a full list of recently passed legislation in Illinois, use this link to Legiscan.

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