Legislation

ECPA reform unanimously clears House; Senate fate uncertain

The United States Capitol Building

Way back in early December of last year District Dispatch reported that the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), legislation to plug an enormous hole in Americas’ constitutional privacy rights by rewriting the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), had finally got a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. “Strong further advocacy by librarians, in harness with our many coalition partners,” ... Read More »

Library funding dance: two steps forward, one step back

Two shoes, one further ahead than the other

Congratulations . . . and thank you! Over the past two weeks, we’ve issued several calls-to-action asking you to ask your Members of Congress in both chambers to sign four letters urging their colleagues on the powerful Appropriations Committees of the House and Senate to support maximum funding in FY 2017 for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and ... Read More »

FOIA reform unanimously passed by Senate faces final hurdle

Sunshine Week:  Your Right to Know!

It’s taken just over a year for the Senate to vote on S. 337, the FOIA Improvement Act, but its unanimous approval yesterday is a wonderful way to celebrate Sunshine Week 2016! ALA and many other advocates’ attention will now be focused on clearing the final hurdles to marking FOIA’s 50th anniversary (fittingly on July 4th) with a White House ... Read More »

Five minutes can net libraries $200 million next year

clock showing almost midnight

Earlier this week, we asked for your help in defending the more than $200 million in LSTA and other federal library funding from Congressional and Administration cost-cutters.  Time was short then and it’s even shorter now.  Your help is needed to get your Representative and both US Senators to sign “Dear Appropriator” letters supporting LSTA and Innovative Approaches to Literacy ... Read More »