Advocacy Updates from Indiana Library Federation
March 9, 2018
Register for ILF's End-of-Session Wrap Up on March 16
We invite all library advocates to a special end of session virtual update on Friday, March 16, at 11amET/10amCT . During this session, Matt Long of Bose Public Affairs, members of the ILF Advocacy/Legislative Committee and ILF executive director Lucinda Nord will summarize library-related activities and resulting legislation from the 2018 session of the Indiana General Assembly.

Note that this session is open to nonmembers, as we want all Indiana library champions to be aware of the proposed and enacted legislation affecting libraries and the communities in which you work.
Updates from the Statehouse
The Indiana General Assembly has only a few days remaining in this short session. Bills that were changed from one chamber to the next will be finalized in conference committees (i.e. SB 50 and HB1002 about workforce development, several tax bills, etc.) The bill language on which ILF has been active is nearly settled or settled (i.e. HB1412 for the ISL-IHB merger and library code cleanup). See Report from Bose Public Affairs for March 9. Note that you have to be signed in as an ILF member for access to these important updates. Contact the office if you forgot your login or password.

Here are some other quick links:
Attend End-of-Session Wrap Up in your community
Legislators meet with constituents in " Third House " or " Meet your Legislator " events within districts. Many legislators will offer a legislative wrap-up of actions taken by the Indiana General Assembly . Let us know if you plan to attend one of the upcoming sessions, as is really important to have strong relationships with your legislators. Sessions are usually hosted by the local Chamber, League of Women Voters, library or civic organization. Some have fees to attend.
  • Bartholomew County - every Monday 7:30am
  • Evansville - Meet Your Legislators on March 10
  • Greater Ft. Wayne - luncheon - March 21
  • Greenwood - luncheon - March 9
  • Kokomo - Wrap-up - breakfast -March 21
  • Madison County - March 26
  • Muncie - Legislative Update - March 16
  • Tipton County - Third House - March 10
Indiana Library Federation 2018 Policy Priorities
The ILF 2018 Policy Priorities include a continued focus on broadband expansion initiatives, lifelong learning initiatives and support for effective school libraries and certified librarians in K12 education.

You might also review the Indiana Adult Literacy Study which is referenced in the policy priorities. Or check to see if your county is complete in the ILF School Library Census .
Legislative Updates from Bose Public Affairs
Matt Long serves as our primary account manager with Bose Public Affairs , our contracted firm for government affairs and lobbying. Through our contract, we have access to the entire team of government affairs experts.

See the latest report from Bose Public Affairs for a summary of news from the Statehouse. (Remember that Bose Reports require your ILF Member Login. Contact us if you forgot your login or password.)