GRC Report - May 2000

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The Government Relations Committee continues to monitor state legislative activity on UCITA (Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act) and to promote opposition wherever it is introduced. This model legislation proposed by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws grants broad new powers to software and information vendors at the expense of businesses and consumers. GRC members and the Washington Affairs Office post updates on UCITA actions to the AALL-ADVOC listserv. To subscribe, go the AALL's website at www.allnet.org, click on "Washington Affairs" and then click on the box labeled "Subscribe AALL-ADVOC," which is located just under the AALL logo on the right side of the screen.

GRC members are also supporting the activity of 4CITE (For a Competitive Information and Technology Economy), a new coalition of UCITA opponents that includes, in addition to AALL and other library associations, business organizations such as Caterpillar Inc., Reynolds Metals Corporation, and John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. 4CITE has been active in opposing UCITA bills in Virginia and Maryland. For more information, see the 4CITE website at www.4cite.org.

The committee is sponsoring a half-day workshop on Advocacy Leadership Training at the AALL annual meeting in Philadelphia. The training session will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. Look for more details in the AALL registration materials mailed this month, and contact your chapter if you want to be nominated to attend. There will be no separate registration fee for this session, which is aimed at AALL members who want to become more active in supporting our association's legislative and regulatory agenda. It will prepare participants to be effective communicators when dealing with federal, state, and local policy makers. The committee is asking chapters to support the attendance of at least one representative to broaden support for AALL's legislative work, and it is hoped that there will be at least one attendee from each state. No specific background or experience is required. Breakout sessions will train participants in outlining strategies for greater participation on specific federal, state, and local issues.

Submitted by Anne Grande