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Legislative Update at MLA Conference

At the Maryland Library Association Conference last week, Legislative Panel Officers Mary Baykan, Mary Hastler and Natalie Edington presented a program entitled “Legislative Update: What’s New for Libraries in Maryland an d Federal Legislation.” The program included an overview of the state budget process, an update on state and federal budgets and legislation and a review of several advocacy tools.  The PowerPoint slides are available online for both the state and federal presentations.

Be an informed advocate! Attend the Legislative Update at the MLA Conference

Interested in finding out what is going on with legislation and libraries?  Going to the Maryland Library Association (MLA) Annual Conference?  Then join the MLA Legislative Panel’s officers, Mary Baykan, Mary Hastler and Natalie Edington, for an update on state and federal legislation, as well as advocacy efforts, on Friday, May 6th from 9:15-10:30am.  A detailed description appears below.

Legislative Update: Get Educated on Library Legislation & Issues

Be an informed advocate!  The current environment brings libraries face-to-face with many budget and legislative challenges.  Learn how libraries fared in the Maryland legislative session, hear about the first Maryland library “Snapshot Day,” and get an update on federal legislation and issues affecting libraries.  Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of legislation and issues impacting all libraries and the advocacy needs of libraries.

Maryland Library Association passes resolution on PATRIOT Act

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.

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