On Wednesday, November18th, the Executive Board of the Maryland Library Association (MLA) passed a resolution outlining shared concerns and desired reforms regarding the USA PATRIOT Act. MLA is currently contacting members of Maryland’s Congressional delegation to express the need for amendments when reauthorizing the USA PATRIOT Act.
Several provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act are scheduled to expire at the end of 2009. There were several pieces of legislation introduced in Congress to reauthorize the Act with some amendments. Most notably, the USA Patriot Act Sunset Extension Act of 2009 (S 1692) passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee. It is not clear when this or any bill will be brought to the Senate floor for a vote. For commentary on S 1692 from the American Library Association’s Washington Office, see the October 13th District Dispatch posting.