Legislation

New ideas in Congress for supporting libraries

Congressional negotiators will be burning the midnight oils over the weekend to craft a final bill.

Support for libraries figured in several bills that were recently introduced in Congress immediately prior to the August recess. Introduction of these bills with the inclusion of library provisions demonstrates that libraries are increasingly on the top-of-mind in Congress. The outlook for these bills, however, is uncertain. None of the bill authors sit on the committees of jurisdiction considering the ... Read More »

Bipartisan bill would support library Wi-Fi

Stylized blue fibre broadband strands.

Earlier this week, the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum (AIRWAVES) Act, S. 1682, was introduced by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH). As described by Sen. Hassan, “The bipartisan AIRWAVES Act will help ensure that there is an adequate supply of spectrum for licensed and unlicensed use, which in turn will enhance wireless ... Read More »

Email privacy protection measures introduced in Senate

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Nearly six months ago, the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387) was approved overwhelmingly in the House. Now, bipartisan legislation just introduced in the Senate goes further. It fully incorporates and significantly expands the protections laid out in H.R. 387 to comprehensively update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The “ECPA Modernization Act of 2017” was co-authored by Sens. Mike ... Read More »

Corporate champions urge all Senators to support FY18 library funding

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If you’re part of or connected to the library world in any way, you know that the President’s “skinny budget” released in mid-March proposed eliminating the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the small and respected federal agency that administers bulk of federal library funding. It also “zeroed out” virtually all such appropriations anywhere in the federal government, including ... Read More »

The fight for library funding is on in the U.S. Senate

Fight For Libraries! Tell Congress to save library funding.

The Fight for Libraries! has moved to the United States Senate. Today, two “Dear Appropriator” letters began circulating in the Senate, one seeking $186.6 million for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the other $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Libraries (IAL) program for FY 2018. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are again championing funds ... Read More »