Posts Tagged 'Access'

Revised Federal Issue Briefs available

The 112th session of Congress will begin on Wednesday, January 5th.  The American Library Association (ALA) has revised the Issue Briefs that provide information on key federal issues that impact libraries.  (These are the same types of briefs that are used for National Library Legislative Day, an annual advocacy event.)  The topics covered are:

  • Access
  • Appropriations for Libraries
  • Broadband & Telecommunications
  • Copyright
  • Government Services & Information
  • How to Use the Washington Office Online
  • Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)
  • School Libraries
  • Surveillance & Privacy

 

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21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act signed into law

On Friday, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.  This law will require that smart phones, television programs, the Internet and modern communications technologies are accessible to people with vision and hearing loss.

Bill to expand FOIA waits for president’s signature

S 3717 has passed in both the House and the Senate, and now awaits the president’s signature.  The bill amends several acts, including the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to expand the public’s access to public documents dealing with business while still protecting business records.  For more information, please see the District Dispatch posting.

Update on Access legislation

The ALA Washington Office has posted a candid update on various Access legislation, including two new pieces of information:

  • 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act of 2010 – Requires Internet providers to make the internet accessible to the disabled.  HR 3101 passed in the House; the Senate companion bill S 3304 recently went to the full committee.
  • Federal Research Public Access Act  of 2009 (FRPAA) – To provide free, open access to federally-funded research.  A hearing is being held for HR 5037. 

 For more details, see the District Dispatch posting.


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