October 31, 2014

ALA Legislative Scorecards for 2011 Now Available

The American Library Association today released its legislative scorecard for the members of the House and Senate in 2011.

In the House, the ALA look at lawmakers’ positions on the following items (these summaries are taken from the ALA report):

ILTSL – Signed a letter circulated by members of the House of Representatives asking the Committee on Appropriations to include $19.1 million for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program in the FY2012 funding bill.

LSTA – Signed a letter circulated by members of the House of Representatives asking the Committee on Appropriations to include $232 million for the Library Services and Technology Act in the FY2012 funding bill.

H.R.272 – Cosponsored this bill amending the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 to exempt ordinary books and paper-based materials from the lead limits on children’s products.

H.R.1564 – Cosponsored the SKILLs Act, which supports the requirement of state and local educational agencies to employ state-certified school library media specialists in every school as a condition for receiving funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

H.R.1616 – Cosponsored the WILL Act, which amends the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to require public libraries be represented on state and local workforce investments boards; and the states to integrate the employment, training, and literacy services of public libraries into their workforce investment plans.

H.R.1974 – Cosponsored the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act, which requires the Government Printing Office to establish and maintain a public website containing electronic copies of all congressionally mandated reports.

H.R.3071 – Cosponsored the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2011, which establishes new procedures for the National Archives and Records Administration to follow when considering claims of constitutionally based privilege against disclosure of Presidential records.

H.R.3289 – Cosponsored the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2011, which expands whistleblower protections under federal law to include disclosures of any violation of any law, rule, or regulation; and prohibits the use of non-disclosure policies that deny federal employees the right to report illegality, waste, fraud, abuse, or public health or safety threats.

In the Senate, the following items were looked at:

ILTSL/LSTA – Signed a letter circulated by members of the Senate asking the Committee on Appropriations to include $19.1 million for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program and $232 million for the Library Services and Technology Act in the FY2012 funding bill.

S.297 – Cosponsored this bill amending the Communications Act of 1934 to provide the universal service fund and support programs, including the E-rate, with a permanent exemption from government accounting rules required by the Antideficiency Act.

S.743 – Cosponsored the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2011, which expands whistleblower protections under federal law to include disclosures of any violation of any law, rule, or regulation; and prohibits the use of non-disclosure policies that deny federal employees the right to report illegality, waste, fraud, abuse, or public health or safety threats.

S.1328 – Cosponsored the SKILLs Act, which supports the requirement of state and local educational agencies to employ state-certified school library media specialists in every school as a condition for receiving funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

S.1411 – Cosponsored the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act, which requires the Government Printing Office to establish and maintain a public website containing electronic copies of all congressionally mandated reports.

S.1466 – Cosponsored the Faster FOIA Act of 2011, which establishes a commission to identify methods for reducing delays in processing Freedom of Information Act requests submitted to federal agencies; and ensuring the efficient and equitable administration of FOIA throughout the federal government.

Michael Kelley About Michael Kelley

Michael Kelley (mkelley@mediasourceinc.com) is the former Editor-in-Chief, Library Journal.

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