Legislation

Momentum, we have it!

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As you may have read here, school libraries are well represented in S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act.  In fact, we were more successful with this bill than we have been in recent history and this is largely due to your efforts in contacting Congress. Currently, the House Committee on Education and Workforce (H.R. 5, the Student Success Act) ... Read More »

Will Librarians Win in Overtime . . . Rulemaking?

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In an effort to potentially raise the wages of more than 10 million Americans, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed changes to current rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act that govern when and to whom employers must pay overtime for work weeks longer than 40 hours. Under the current rule, which has been revised just twice in ... Read More »

Massive advocacy surge forestalls cybersecurity showdown

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Congratulations! You, and more than 6 million other fax-firing outraged citizens, helped convince the Senate on its last day of pre-recess debate not to take up S. 754, the privacy-hostile Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). . . at least until Congress returns after Labor Day. While modified by its principal authors, Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ranking Democrat ... Read More »

FASTR zooms out of Senate Committee

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Today, after many years of effort by our members and the open access community, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR) was approved by unanimous voice vote of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. It now goes to the full Senate for consideration as early as this September. ALA thanks Committee Chair ... Read More »

Urgent: Help rebury “zombie” cybersecurity bill

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It’s back to the “barricades” for librarians and our many civil liberties coalition allies. Just over a year ago, District Dispatch sounded the alarm about the return of privacy-hostile “cybersecurity” or “information sharing” legislation. Again dubbed a “zombie” for its ability to rise from the legislative dead, the current version of the bill (S. 754) goes by the innocuous name ... Read More »