S 1038, the PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011, may be voted on soon, before the May 27th sunset date. The bill sets the new expiration date of 2015 for three provisions—Section 215 known as the “library provision,” the roving wire taps and the lone wolf. The American Library Association (ALA) opposes this bill without amendment.
ALA does support the following amendments:
- Senator Rand Paul’s amendment to return Section 215 to its pre-2001 form and protect the privacy of library users is ideal.
- Senator Patrick Leahy and Rand Paul’s amendment to add reforms from Senator Leahy’s bill, S 193, is good because it includes improved reader privacy protections.
- If nothing else, amend the bill to include a sunset in 2013, rather than 2015, to allow for meaningful debate on these issues to occur sooner.
For more details on these amendments and ALA’s endorsement, please see the District Dispatch posting for details on why ALA supports this change.
Please contact Senators Mikulski and Cardin asking for their support of these amendments. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.