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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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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois Library Association)

Join ILA’s Legislative Consultant, Derek Blaida, for a lunchtime update about what’s happening in Springfield, from 12:00 to 1:30 PM on Tuesday, May 19. The Illinois General Assembly is slated to return to legislative session on Wednesday, May 20, and the ILGA will likely consider a very limited set of bills, primarily focused on the state budget and COVID-19-related legislation.

Registration for this free webinar is required and will close at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, May 19. To register, please go here. Attendance is open to all Illinois librarians, even if they are not members of ILA.

Presenters Wanted for Future Noon Network Webinars

We are seeking presenters for the Noon Network. The Noon Network is a free professional-development resource for Illinois library professionals. More information on the general content and format of Noon Network webinars is available here.

Noon Network webinars are normally held at noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. If you are interested in presenting a webinar, please contact Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org. Past Noon Network webinars are available here.

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Legislative News, 04/29/2020

Federal news

H.R.266 Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act [became Public Law No. 116-139]

“This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak by providing additional funding for small business loans, health care providers, and COVID-19 testing.”


State news

Hospitals, health care workers given civil immunity [Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 4-3-2020]

To see a full listing of Gov. Pritzker’s executive orders related to COVID-19, please visit the Governor’s homepage

Cabello files lawsuit challenging stay-at-home order, says it created ‘police state’ [State Journal-Register 4-29-2020]


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Legislative News, 04/15/2020

Federal news

Upcoming COVID-19 stimulus legislation

Advocacy Alert: Urge Your Representative to Support Emergency Library Funding [ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office, 4/11/2020]
“Congressional leadership has started work on a new COVID-19 relief package, and we are working to ensure libraries of all types are included. Today, we need your help to get the library message to Congress.”

Federal stimulus for COVID-19

H.R.748 CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act [became Public Law No. 116-136 on 3/27/2020]
“This bill responds to the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.”

NLM Receives Stimulus Funding to Prevent, Prepare for, and Respond to the Coronavirus [MLAConnect, 4/1/2020]
“For an additional amount for “National Library of Medicine”, $10,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2024, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally.”

Hospitals await details as emergency fund allocations begin [Roll Call, 4/8/2020]
“Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma announced Tuesday that the department would be advancing $30 billion of the [new $100 billion hospital emergency fund to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic] to providers through direct deposit based on their Medicare revenues this week.”

Federal Relief Package Supports Libraries [American Libraries, 3/27/2020]
“The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act includes $50 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for digital inclusion projects and more than $30 billion in relief for schools and colleges, plus billions more for state and local governments and nonprofit organizations. The stimulus package also includes libraries–on Main Street, in schools, and on campuses–as part of a massive, long-overdue effort to ensure digital equity in America.” Read the Library Recovery Funding Summary.

Congress pumps up NSF program to fast-track COVID-19 research [Science, 3/26/2020]
As part of the CARES Act, “…Congress gave NSF an extra $75 million to spend on research that will help ‘prevent, prepare for, and respond’ to the novel coronavirus.'”

Other COVID-19 news

Mental health workers seek protections during COVID-19 crisis [Roll Call, 4/3/2020]
“The call echoes that of other health care unions … [but] psychiatric facility and Veterans Affairs employees have to endure especially dangerous conditions that may be overlooked…”

Other federal legislative news

S.893 Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2020 [became Public Law No. 116-129 on 3/23/2020]
“This bill requires the President, in consultation with relevant federal agencies, to develop a strategy to secure and protect U.S. fifth and future generations (5G) systems and infrastructure.”

S.1822 Broadband DATA Act [became Public Law No. 116-130 on 3/23/2020]
“This bill requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to change the way broadband data is [sic] collected, verified, and reported.”

H.R.4334 Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 [became Public Law No. 116-131 on 3/25/2020]
“This bill establishes, reauthorizes, and revises several programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor relating to care for the elderly.”

MLA and AAHSL comment on public access [MLAConnect, 4/6/2020]
“…MLA and AAHSL strongly encouraged the OSTP and the National Science and Technology Council to consider a ‘zero-embargo’ open access policy, which would require the products of federally funded scientific research (i.e., articles, data, and code) to be publicly available immediately upon publication.”

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