Washington E-Bulletin – September 2016

Vol. 2016 Issue 9

A Look Ahead

Congress Readies to Returns to Capitol Hill 

Members of the House and Senate return to Washington next week, following seven weeks away from Capitol Hill. One of the top items on their “must do” list is approving an appropriations package to keep the government funded past September 30. As we reported last month, it looks likely that Congress will pass at least a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government funded at Fiscal Year 2016 levels, avoiding a politically damaging government shutdown. 

Members of Congress will once again hit the campaign trail in October, leaving us with a brief window to advocate for AALL’s policy priorities. In the next few weeks, AALL will focus our federal advocacy efforts on gaining support for the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (H.R. 5876) and the Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016 (H.R. 4702/S. 2639), which require greater access to government reports through the Government Publishing Office’s FDsys/govinfo. You can help increase the support on Capitol Hill for these bills by urging your members of Congress to add their names as cosponsors – see “Act Now” below. AALL will also continue to advocate for a balance in copyright law, including protection of Section 108, and against major changes to the structure of the Copyright Office, including opposition to the CODE Act (H.R. 4241). To help AALL members stay informed about copyright issues, AALL’s Copyright Committee posts regular updates to its blog

Act Now

Urge Your Members of Congress to Support Greater Access to Government Information

Your members of Congress need to hear from you in support of the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (H.R. 5876) and the Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports (H.R. 4702/S. 2639). Please take a few minutes to write to your representative and Senators to urge them to cosponsor these bills. 

Registration Open for National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials

AALL and Boston University School of Law are pleased to host a special conference on the copyright of state legal materials on December 2, 2016 at BU Law. Join your colleagues and other experts in the field for a day-long event on this timely and important topic. Registration is $75- register now to secure your spot.

AALL in the States

UELMA Advocacy for 2017

Uniform law commissioners in more than a dozen states have included the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) on their legislative enactment plans for 2017. AALL members and chapters are now organizing to advocate for UELMA next year. If you’d like to get involved, please contact Emily Feltren, director of government relations, at efeltren@aall.org.

CALL Presents Legislator of the Year Award to Congressman Quigley

The Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL) presented its Legislator of the Year Award to Representative Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) in his district office in Chicago. The award honors the Congressman’s work on open government and transparency issues, including access to Congressional Research Service reports and the Freedom of Information Act.

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