Legislative Update -- February 17, 2022

February 17, 2022

Judge Rules In Favor of Publishers in Maryland E-Book Lawsuit
The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland has issued a preliminary injunction preventing Maryland's law requiring "reasonable" pricing and access to e-books for libraries from taking effect. Articles in InfodocketPublishers Weekly, and Bloomberg Law, cover the decision, which places responsibility for resolving this issue squarely on Congress rather than in state legislatures or in the courts. ILA's Equitable Access to Electronic Literature bill, HB 4470 / SB 3167, had passed unanimously out of the Illinois House Consumer Protection Committee on February 1 and had not yet been taken up in the Illinois Senate. Read ALA's response here.

Legislation ILA Is Following
Tomorrow is the Illinois House deadline for bills to move out of substantive committees; last week was the Illinois Senate deadline. Follow the list of bills ILA is following, and our positions on them, on the ILA website. Two reminders: 1) View ILA's Public Policy Principles here; and 2) ILA stands in firm support of our school library colleagues in opposing efforts to censor or ban books in school libraries. 

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