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Legislative News, 11/7/2022


**Primarily related to school librarians, but may be of interest to all.

Right to Read Act (S. 5064; H.R. 9056) introduced by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ-03)

Information about the Right To Read Act:

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Legislative News – 10/07/2022

Federal –

October is National Medical Librarian’s Month (NMLM)! Learn more about the 2022 theme, “Make Better Decisions Faster: Consult Your Health Information Professional” at the MLAConnect website, download the 2022 graphic to post in your library, and find email signatures you can incorporate into every message you send!

U.S. House of Representatives passes the Mental Health Matters Act (The Hill, 9/29/2022). This bill focuses on providing grant money aimed at addressing the mental health crisis among students, their families, and those working in the education sector. Read the bill in its entirety here.

U.S. Department of Labor announces $80M in funding for nursing education (U.S. DOL press release, 10/3/2022). Find the grant information and apply here.

State –

Candidates for Illinois Secretary of State (and State Librarian), Dan Brady and Alexi Giannoulias, each spoke to a panel arranged by the  Illinois Associated Press Media Editors.  Read highlights and watch video from the Daily Herald, KPVI Channel 6, or Crain’s Chicago Business.

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Legislative News – September 06, 2022


White House requests $22.4B in COVID-19 funding, $3.9B in monkeypox funding (The Hill, 9/2/22)

White House requires immediate public access to all U.S.-funded research papers by 2025 (Science, 8/26/22); see also Office of Science and Technology Policy public access memo (8/25/22) and Breakthroughs for All: Delivering Equitable Access to America’s Research (OSTP blog, 8/25/22)



Two new items of interest coming out of the Illinois House:

HR931 – CONGRATS-WILLIAM RIBBING, M.D. – Congratulates William Ribbing, M.D. for receiving the 2022 Rural Physician Lifetime of Service Award and commends him for his compassion and dedication to his patients and for filling such a tremendous void in rural medicine over the past 45 years in Southern Illinois. https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HR0931/2021 [filed 8/29/22]

HB5800 – OPTOMETRY-ONLINE CONTINUE ED – Amends the Illinois Optometric Practice Act of 1987. Provides that beginning April 1, 2024, all continuing education may be completed online through live, real-time presentations or by pre-recorded video provided by an approved continuing education sponsor. Provides that an approved continuing education sponsor is a person, firm, association, corporation, or another entity that has been recommended by the Illinois Optometric Licensing and Disciplinary Board to coordinate and present continuing education courses or programs and approved by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. https://legiscan.com/IL/bill/HB5800/2021 [filed 9/2/22]

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Legislative News – August 9, 2022


What’s in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (passed in the Senate on 8/7/2022) (The Hill, 8/8/22):

Health Care:

  • Medicare can negotiate lower prices
  • Drug costs can be capped but largely only for Medicare
  • People enrolled in ACA plans get an extension on premium assistance.

H.R.8351: Formula Act. Became public law 7/21/2022. Provides duty-free treatment to infant formula through December 31, 2022.

Administration declares monkeypox a public health emergency (Roll Call, 8/4/2022)


Several items have recently been filed or are moving through the state legislature.  Here are a few of interest:

House Resolution 907 – Commends Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on utilizing Cook County’s ARPA funds to pay off the medical debts of Cook County residents in order to give those individuals some much needed debt relief. [Filed 8/1/2022]

House Bill 5779 – Amends the Reproductive Health Act. Specifies that every individual has certain fundamental rights with respect to the use of assisted reproductive technology. Prohibits the State from taking certain actions that would restrict or interfere with those rights. Defines “assisted reproductive technology”. Makes conforming changes. [Filed 8/1/2022.]

House Bill 5776 – Amends the Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act. In provisions concerning written collaborative agreements, deletes a provision prohibiting a prescribing psychologist from prescribing medications to patients who are less than 17 years of age or over 65 years of age. Provides that no prescriptive authority for any Schedule II opioid shall be delegated. Provides that after the collaborating physician files a notice delegating authority to prescribe any nonnarcotic, nonopioid Schedule II through V controlled substances (rather than any nonnarcotic Schedule III through V controlled substances), the licensed clinical psychologist shall be eligible to register for a mid-level practitioner controlled substance license under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. Defines “opioid”. Makes corresponding changes in the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. Effective immediately. [Filed 7/28/2022]

House Bill 4221 – Creates the Pregnancy Center Disclosure Act. Presents the findings of the General Assembly. Provides that the purpose of the Act is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of pregnant women. Provides that a limited services pregnancy facility shall disseminate to clients on-site, and in any print and digital advertising materials, notice stating that the facility is not licensed as a medical facility by Illinois and has no licensed medical provider who provides or directly supervises the provision of services. Contains other notice requirements. Provides that the Attorney General shall bring an action to impose civil penalties of $500 for a first offense and $5,000 for each subsequent offense against a limited services pregnancy facility that fails to comply with the requirements of the Act. Provides that a private party may bring a civil action for injunctive relief to enforce the Act. Contains requirements for notice of noncompliance. Defines “limited services pregnancy facility”. Contains a severability provision. Contains other provisions. [Filed 11/16/2022; Added a co-sponsor on 7/28/2022]

Public Act 102-1053 – Creates the Ensuring a More Qualified, Competent, and Diverse Community Behavioral Health Workforce Act. Requires the Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health, to award grants or contracts to licensed community mental health centers or behavioral health clinics to establish or enhance training and supervision of interns and behavioral health providers-in-training pursuing licensure as a licensed clinical social worker, licensed clinical professional counselor, and licensed marriage and family therapist. Creates the Mental Health Assessment Reform Act to remove barriers to care in the Medicaid mental health assessment and treatment planning process. Creates the Recovery and Mental Health Tax Credit Act. Requires the Department to establish and administer a recovery tax credit program to provide tax incentives to qualified employers who employ eligible individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder or mental illness in part-time and full-time positions. Creates an Advisory Council to advise the Department regarding employment of persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in minority communities. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act to make conforming changes. Amends the Department of Healthcare and Family Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code. Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to take all necessary action to ensure that proposed modifications, additions, deletions, or amendments to the healthcare and behavioral healthcare (mental health and substance use disorder) provisions of the Illinois Public Aid Code are announced, shared, disseminated, and explained prior to the Department undertaking such proposed modifications, if legally possible and subject to federal law. Amends the Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act. Provides that an individual applying for licensure as a clinical social worker who has been licensed at the independent level in another jurisdiction for 5 (rather than 10) consecutive years without discipline is not required to submit proof of completion of education and supervised clinical professional experience. Makes similar changes to the Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing Act and to the Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor Licensing and Practice Act. Effective immediately. [Filed 1/19/2022; Passed 6/10/2022]

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(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

CARLI is pleased to invite you to “Deconstructing the CASE Act: Libraries, Users, and Copyright Small Claims,” a webinar presented by Sara R. Benson, Timothy Vollmer, and Carla S. Meyers on Wednesday, August 24, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT.

The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act went into effect this summer and brought with it a flurry of copyright litigation. It is important for librarians to understand how the CASE Act could impact libraries and the patrons librarians serve. The webinar will begin with background on how the CASE Act was passed and why it is important to libraries. Then, we will go through some key considerations for the CASE Act board process and conclude with some ways to communicate with staff and patrons about the CASE Act.

After this webinar, participants will be able to accomplish the following.

  • understand how the Copyright Small Claims Board was created, and what it attempts to accomplish
  • be able to explain how the small claims process affects library patrons and communities
  • know how to opt out of a Copyright Small Claims Board proceeding (and why a participant might want to opt out)
  • be able to provide to patrons and colleagues reliable information about the CASE Act and the small claims board proceedings

For more information, including presenter biographies, and to register, please go here.

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Legislative News–May 4, 2022


Insulin Copay Cap Passes House Hurdle, But Senate Looks for a Broader Bill (KHN, April 4, 2022)

U.S. Bills would make it easier to study health effects of marijuana (Science, April 12, 2022)

From the ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office: Unite Against Book Bans, a national initiative to empower readers everywhere to stand together in the fight against censorship. The American Library Association reported more than 729 attempted bans of 1,597 individual books in 2021 alone.


House Resolution 0852 was filed on May 2, 2022 that would declare June 2022 as Aphasia Awareness Month in Illinois.

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Legislative News, 04/04/2022


H.R.1667 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (became Public Law No: 117-105 (03/18/2022)

This bill establishes grants and requires other activities to improve mental and behavioral health among health care providers. Specifically, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must award grants to hospitals, medical professional associations, and other health care entities for programs to promote mental health and resiliency among health care providers. In addition, HHS may award grants for relevant mental and behavioral health training for health care students, residents, or professionals.


Durbin, Duckworth Secure $211 Million For Illinois Projects In FY22 Omnibus Appropriations Bill – There are quite a few health-related projects in Illinois that were targeted to get some of the FY22 Omnibus Appropriations funding.  You can see a full list in the article, but unfortunately, the health-related projects are not all grouped into their own category so you’ll need to scan through them all to see everything.

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Legislative News, 2/16/2022


FDA: Class I recall of Empowered Diagnostics COVID-19 Tests (U.S. Food & Drug Administration, 1/28/2022)

Senate Finance leaders outline mental health legislative timeline (Roll Call, 2/8/2022)



A few bills the ILA is currently following:

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Registration is still open for the remaining ILA 2022 Library Legislative Meet-ups. This annual series of events provides an opportunity to meet with your state and federal legislators and hear their thoughts firsthand about issues affecting libraries in your area. The ILA President will bring welcoming remarks; ILA Legislative Consultant Derek Blaida and ILA Executive Director Diane Foote will speak about Springfield and Washington legislative priorities.

Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate. Our legislative events will look a little different this year, as they will all be held virtually through Zoom. We’ll miss the interactive give-and-take that gathering over a meal allows in this webinar format, but there will still be opportunities for Q&A. What won’t change is our commitment to advocating for Illinois libraries!

The remaining Meet-ups will take place on Friday, February 4 (South Suburban & Chicago); Monday, February 14 (Metro East & Southern Illinois); Monday, February 21 (North Suburban & Chicago); and Monday, February 28 (Northwestern Illinois)Advance registration is required, and events will not be recorded (primarily due to the rapid pace of legislative developments, and content may change), so don’t wait! If you have questions regarding registration or you’re not sure which Meet-up covers your library and legislative district, contact the ILA office at ila@ila.org.

This year’s Virtual Meet-ups will be free for ILA members, including staff and trustees from ILA institutional member libraries. For non-members who wish to attend, registration will be $15.

To see the list of the remaining Virtual Meet-ups and register for one, please go here.

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Legislative News, 01/28/2022


Supreme Court blocks vaccine-or-mask mandate for larger employers (Roll Call, Jan. 13, 2022)

Unspent funds color debate over additional pandemic relief (Roll Call, Jan. 28, 2022)

New ban on surprise medical bills starts today (New York Times via the CDC Public Health Law News, January 2022) [See also: H.R. 133, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Division BB)

Vaccine mandate for health workers starts to take effect (The Hill, Jan. 27, 2022)

Government watchdog faults HHS leadership for sustained public health crisis failures (The Hill, Jan. 27, 2022)

White House says 60M households have ordered free COVID-19 tests (The Hill, Jan. 28, 2022)

Retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will leave a mark on science in the courtroom (Science, Jan. 26, 2022)



Another friendly reminder to register for an ILA Legislative Meet-up. These can be very informative meetings. They are not recorded so you can not go back later to see what happened – register today @ https://www.ila.org/events/legislative-meet-ups.

And don’t forget ILA’s Ready, Set, Advocate Toolkit. With 3 training modules and 16 advocacy guides, you are sure to find something useful!

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