PLA COMMITTEE NAME: Legislative Advisory Group
CHAIR OR REPRESENTATIVE: Kathleen Reif
Please provide a one or two paragraph report on the activities of your committee during the Midwinter Meeting and what you expect to accomplish prior to your next committee meeting.
The big take-aways were:
- Broadband funding notice was released on Friday, Jan. 15 so that was a big topic. The revisions reflected a lot of what ALA requested.
- Jobs for Main Street bill: Emily is trying to get $650 M added for libraries to hire staff to work with people who are working for jobs. It sounds like a great idea. More details on who to call and what to say will be forthcoming.
- LEARN….the literacy bill. We will work with the Washington state folks to try and get to Senator Murray.
Our REALLY big responsibility is to pack Capitol Hill on Tues, June 29 at 11AM for the National Library Advocacy Day. Please register at ala.org/nlld Try to drum up support in your state.
At this point, our taskforce is the Chair Kathleen Reif, and members John Sheller of King County (WA) and Alan Harkness of Piedmont Reg Library (GA) I have asked Emily to send me the names of states that might play a key role in our legislation activities and I will try to recruit from those states.
Members present (please name): Kathleen Reif, John Sheller
Members absent (please name): Alan Harkness; John Sondheim has retired and is no longer a member.
Visitors (please name): none
Please attach relevant documents, i.e.: agenda, work completed, etc. THANK YOU!
PLA COMMITTEE WORK PLAN
OUTLINE FOR COMING YEAR
NAME OF COMMITTEE:____PLA Legislative Advisory Group
YEAR: _______2010 COMMITTEE CHAIR: Kathleen Reif____
We will continue to work with the ALA Washington Office and try to get out the word about the June 29 National Library Advocacy Day in DC.
Kathleen Reif Jan. 25, 2010
___________________________________ ______________ Signature of Person Reporting Date