Archive for February, 2017

Advocacy Alert! Reposition the State Library Agency and Strengthen Maryland Public Libraries!

Your advocacy is needed to build support for SB0587 and HB1094!

Maryland Advisory Council and Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators are sponsoring a bill to reposition the administrative structure of the State Library Agency (DLDS) within the Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  This bill is the result of more than 10 years of careful consideration, conversations, and debate among public libraries and library support groups.

If passed, the bill, SB0587 with cross-file HB1094, will allow the State Library Agency to have a more articulated vision and the flexibility to meet the needs of public libraries and the communities they serve. Talking Points are available to give more details and background information.

Your advocacy is needed! Please take the time to contact your legislators and ask them to strengthen Maryland Public Libraries by voting for SB0587 / HB1094. Use the pre-written letter available to contact your legislators. Feel free to add to the message using the Talking Points or to personalize it with your story. Check the Senate bill and House bill and be sure to thank any of your legislators who have co-sponsored the bill. You can also see if your elected official is serving any of the committees that will be hearing the bills in early March–Senate Budget & Tax, Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs or House Ways & Means.

Take Action Now!

Thanks in advance for any advocacy you can provide!

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Email Privacy Act passed in House

The Email Privacy Act (HR 387) passed by voice vote in the House on Monday night. Many thanks to everyone who reached out to their Representative to encourage support of the bill!

The bill now moves over to the Senate. The American Library Association Washington Office and its partners in the Digital Due Process Coalition are working together to strategize the advocacy efforts for the Senate. Stay tuned for another request for advocacy.

For more information, see the District Dispatch article.

 

Advocacy Alert! Contact House before Mon 2/6 on Email Privacy Act

Your action is needed on or before Mon 2/6! From the American Library Association Washington Office:

“On Monday, February 6, the entire House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 387 using a special procedure that will protect it from amendments and expedite the process. That procedure (known as a suspension of the rules) also requires that it receive support from two-thirds of the Representatives voting, not as a simple majority. The bill should have no trouble clearing that hurdle. Given how many Members of Congress and their staffs are brand new-and how important this vote is-we cannot afford to sit back and watch.

“With the crucial vote on H.R. 387 set for Monday, we have no time to lose. Help us send the Email Privacy Act to the Senate with another unanimous vote in the House. Contact your Representative now.”

Background: This the same Email Privacy Act that was unanimously passed in the House last year (HR 699), then stalled in the Senate. If passed, it would extend 4th Amendment privacy protection to emails, texts, tweets, cloud-stored photos and files, and other electronic communications.

Last year’s vote was unanimous, and all of MD’s Representatives who were in office last year voted for the bill (Cummings, Delaney, Harris, Hoyer, Ruppersberger and Sarbanes). Congressmen Harris and Cummings were also co-sponsors of the bill. It is still critical to ensure that they vote in support of the bill this year.

Take action! Please take a moment on or before Mon 2/6 to contact your Representative via email (a pre-written letter is provided), phone or tweet using Engage at http://cqrcengage.com/ala/. Additional background information and talking points are also available at this link.

Thanks in advance for your advocacy efforts!

 



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