FAQ – Indiana Legislative Committee 101
Q.WHAT IS THE ILF LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE?
A. The ILF Legislative Committee is a standing committee of the Indiana Library Federation Executive Board and a recognized administrative unit of the Indiana Library Federation and adheres to the Federation’s bylaws, policies, and procedures.
Q. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE?
A. The purpose of the Legislative Committee is to guide the legislative initiatives of the Indiana Library Federation. The Guiding Principles for this work, the position statements adopted by the membership, serve to direct the position statements under which the committee shall carry out its duties. Any changes in the Guiding Principles must be approved by the membership at the Annual Conference Business Meeting.
Q. WHAT ARE THE DUTIES OF THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE?
A. The responsibilities of the Legislative Committee are:
- To make recommendations to the Indiana Library Federation Executive Board for approval.
- To determine strategy on legislative issues and give direction to the Indiana Library Federation legislative advocate.
- To work for the passage or defeat of specific legislation.
- To secure bipartisan co-sponsorship for legislative measures.
- To coordinate and maintain a Legislative Network to assist in the accomplishment of the above duties.
- To interact with other Indiana Library Federation committees.
Q. WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE?
A. The Legislative Committee consists of at least eleven (11) but not more than twenty-one (21) voting members and five (5) non-voting members, all of whom are current members of ILF. Terms are governed by the Standing Rules but are generally three (3) years. All appointments to the committee are approved by the ILF Board of Directors.
A list of current ILF Legislative Committee members may be found on the Indiana Library Federation webpage www.ilfonline.org.
Q. WHAT IS THE ILF LEGISLATIVE NETWORK?
A. The Network is a grass roots advocacy group made up of ILF members who volunteer to work with the ILF Legislative Committee and the Legislative Advocates on issues affecting Indiana libraries.
The work of the Network Coordinators is directed by the ILF Legislative Committee. Each Network Coordinator has agreed to be a contact person in their district regarding questions about the ILF Legislative Action Agenda, a particular piece of legislation, or legislative advocacy in general. An ILF Legislative Network Coordinator should be thought of as the local contact, the "go-to” person/persons in their district.
Q. WHAT DOES A NETWORK COORDINATOR DO?
A. A Network Coordinator:
- Communicates with the library administrators or their appointees re legislative issues and strategies.
- Encourages library administrators to know who their local legislators are, their addresses and telephone numbers.
- Answers questions about legislative issues or refers them up the legislative network as needed.
- Disseminates information as instructed by the ILF Legislative Committee, Legislative Advocate, or ILF leadership.
- Mobilizes district contacts when "Action Needed” alerts are sent out.
- Provides feedback to the ILF Legislative Committee including suggestions for improving the Network and passing along input from participants regarding future legislation and strategies.
- Contributes to special legislative projects as needed.
- Is a member of the Indiana Library Federation.
- Works with other district coordinators and the ILF Legislative Committee to build a better understanding of legislative issues affecting Indiana libraries.
Q. WHEN IS THE NETWORK IN OPERATION?
A. The work of the District Coordinators is a year-round advocacy effort in support of the state’s library community but the work intensifies when the Indiana General Assembly is in session, primarily between November and March (May for the long session).
Q. WHY ARE THERE 11 COORDINATORS?
A. Currently each of the eight (8) ILF Districts has at least one Legislative Network Coordinator. For communication purposes all districts are encouraged to have two (2) people serve as coordinators.
Q. HOW DO I KNOW WHICH ILF DISTRICT I AM IN?
A. A complete list of Districts and the counties contained in each may be found on the ILF Web site www.ilfonline.org. Click the UNIT tab and then the ILF District bar on the upper left side of the page.
Q. WHO ARE THE DISTRICT COORDINATORS?
A. The list of current ILF Legislative Network District Coordinators may be found on the Indiana Library Federation Web site www.ilfonline.org under the Legislative tab.
Q. WHAT IS THE ILF LEGISLATIVE ACTION AGENDA?
A. Each year the Legislative Committee seeks input from the membership at large in the development of the legislative agenda. The Committee uses a procedure that has been developed to allow time for discussion, input and consensus building within the library community. The Committee gives full consideration to all requests for legislation.
Q. HOW IS THE ILF LEGISLATIVE ACTION AGENDA FORMULATED?
A. The full legislative program process is detailed in the Legislative Program section of the Standing Rules onthe ILF website www.ilfonline.org. Click on Legislative in the header at the top of the page.
Q. WHAT ARE THE CORE VALUES THAT DRIVE THE ACTION AGENDA?
A.The fundamental values that direct the policies and actions of the ILF legislative efforts are:
- All Indiana residents can access a public library.
- Public library districts shall be autonomous library taxing districts.
- The state shall fund resource sharing.
- The state shall fund the Indiana State Library.
- All schools shall provide a media program that is professionally supervised and adequately funded.
Q.WHO ARE THE ADVISORS AND WHAT DO THEY DO?
A. The Advisor are ILF members who, because of geographic location, access to specific legislators, experience, or the historical overview of library legislative activities may be asked to share their knowledge and experience with the Committee. These individuals are non-voting members of the Legislative Committee.