A public hearing on the Massachusetts UELMA bills H. 64.and H. 3294 was held on September 17,2019 before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Catherine Biondo, LLNE’s Immediate Past President testified on behalf of LLNE and submitted the following supporting documents to the Joint Committee:
One-pager explaining H. 3294 and H. 64 and UELMA in Massachusetts
AALL Chart showing that 21 states plus the District of Columbia have enacted UELMA as of August 2019.
There will be opportunities for attendees to become involved in helping to pass UELMA at the LLNE fall meeting at Harvard.
If you are from Massachusetts and not attending the LLNE meeting, please take time to contact your state Representative by letter or email and encourage them to support H. 64 and H. 3294 and specifically to contact members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary to favorably refer the bills out to a full vote in the House.
Once the bills are before the full House, LLNE will engage with members of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Library Association to lobby for passage of UELMA. Both the MBA and the MLA have endorsed UELMA.
We thank the members of the LLNE GRC UELMA in MA Subcommittee and the legislators who have supported our efforts. Special thanks to Marnie Warner, LLNE GRC UELMA in Massachusetts Subcommittee member, for her contributions to this report.
Anne McDonald, Co-Chair, LLNE Government Relations Committee
Emilie Benoit, Co-Chair, LLNE Government Relations Committee