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Updates on SB 611 - Michigan Library Privacy Act

March 26, 2020

On March 12, MLA Executive Director, Deborah E. Mikula, testified at the State of Michigan Judiciary Committee Hearing in support of Senator MacGregor’s Senate Bill 611. Supportive testimony was also delivered by Lance Werner, Director of the Kent District Library, who accompanied Senator MacGregor, and non-verbal support was issued by 10 public libraries and cooperatives.

Last October, Senator MacGregor introduced SB 611 to amend the Michigan Library Privacy Act, 1982 PA 455. The intention of his bill was to enable libraries to work with law enforcement when the library is a victim of a crime. After hearing both concerns and support from the Michigan library community on Senator MacGregor's proposed amendments to the Privacy Act, MLA helped draft a substitute bill that clarifies and updates SB 611. The proposed substitution bill removes obstacles and legal barriers libraries sometimes face when a crime has been committed in the library while providing for continued protection to patron privacy.


Senate Passes Historic Stimulus Package

March 26, 2020

Yesterday, the United States Senate passed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion stimulus package in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. This bipartisan legislation is the largest economic aid package in US history, and was passed in the Senate with a unanimous 96-0 vote. It will next go to the House for a vote.

On Wednesday evening, before the Senate passed this legislation, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced that the House will convene at 9 a.m. Friday to consider the relief package. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is indicating that she's optimistic that the bill will pass in the House as well. President Donald Trump has indicated he will sign the measure and tweeted his congratulations after it cleared the Senate. View full the bill text here.


Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order

March 23, 2020

Governor directs all non-critical businesses to temporarily close, all Michiganders to stay home or six feet away from others during the COVID-19 crisis. Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order 2020-21, directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.

The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.  Read the news release. View Executive Order 2020-21.


Libraries Ordered to Close Through April 13

March 22, 2020

Governor Whitmer has issued Executive Order 2020-20 extending the deadline for closure of all public facilities to April 13, 2020. Learn more: View Executive Order 2020-20.


Sunsetting Interest Groups

March 20, 2020

With a new strategic plan to back up our programming priorities, the MLA Board of Directors has decided to put our full attention to strengthen standing committees and work groups and to sunset all MLA Interest Groups, effective Friday, March 20.


New Strategic Plan and Mission

March 20, 2020

Last August, when we began asking what you wanted from MLA you stated that you want MLA to be intentional about our future, to move the needle on advocacy, to look outward at other industries to address global trends, and bring a fresh, new perspective to our collective impact. With that said, MLA is proud to unveil our 2020-2022 Strategic Plan that will serve as a road map for MLA.


Contact Your Federal Legislators and Urge Them to Include Libraries in COVID-19 Relief and Economic Stimulus

March 18, 2020

The U.S. Congress is currently considering COVID-19 (coronavirus) relief and economic stimulus legislation, and likely will consider additional economic relief proposals in the future.

Your legislators need to hear directly from you that they must include libraries in COVID-19 relief and economic stimulus. They also need to hear specifically about how COVID-19 is affecting you and your library.

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