ILA Executive Board Determines Positions on Key Legislative BillsFebruary 12, 2014
At its February 7 meeting, the ILA Executive Board reviewed more than 50 library bills and determined the association's position on key bills. Legislators have several more weeks to file new bills, and many other bills relevant to the Illinois library community are likely to be introduced.
SUPPORT current full funding for the Illinois Secretary of State's public library per capita grants, and restore full funding to school library per capita, equalization, library system per capita and other library grant programs.
SUPPORT Senate Bill 1941, Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (Senator John Mulroe and Rep. Elaine Nekritz) providing for the authentication and preservation of official government laws, rules, reports and decisions when produced solely in an electronic format.
SUPPORT Senate Bill 2926, FOIA and the Internet (Senator Daniel Biss andRep. Ann Williams) creating an incentive for government bodies to increase access to government documents through Internet posting, while assuring traditional production of FOIA requested documents.
LOCAL LIBRARY PROPERTY TAX REVENUES AND COSTS
OPPOSE legislation that will reduce existing local property tax revenues, increase local library costs, or interfere with the independence of local library trustees and administrators.
(Click on See All Current Legislation at the bottom in the very small type for the full listing including ILA's positions.) The ILA website also includes a link to the full text of every bill, the bill's status, and information about the bill's sponsor(s). The website will be continually updated as additional bills are filed, amended, and reviewed.
ILA will continue to monitor and inform the Illinois library community of any developments in the Illinois General Assembly impacting libraries and our key concerns. Most importantly, we will call upon you to take action at the appropriate time. Thank you for interest and support