U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam Visited RAILS Today

May 18, 2015

Trustees, ILA Presidents, ILA Public Policy Committee chairs, and RAILS staff members gathered today in Burr Ridge to talk with Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL, 6) about library issues.  


We thanked Representative Roskam for his support in passing the

USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 (H.R. 2048), the first real reform of the USA PATRIOT Act in well over a decade.  The bill will end the "bulk collection" of Americans' library, phone, and many other personal records under Section 215 (a.k.a. the "library provision") of the PATRIOT Act and also will for the first time enable meaningful legal challenge of the FBI's National Security Letters and the gag orders that accompany them.  H.R. 2048 is now in the U.S. Senate awaiting their action.   

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We requested that he:

  • Support level funding for the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA);
  • Require school librarians in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA);
  • Restore the Constitutional Privacy Rights of Library Users and All Americans and Pass Electronic Communications Privacy Act Reform;
  • Enact Meaningful FOIA modernization and ensure public access to unique National Technical Information Service data;
  • Ratify the Marrakesh Treaty for the print disabled and Reject unneeded changes to copyright law;
  • Support Public Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research; and
  • Support Network Neutrality.
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