[Libs-Or] Fwd: [alacoun] Update on PATRIOT reform bills

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 1 15:53:21 PDT 2009

Just a little bit more. . .

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From: Emily Sheketoff <esheketoff at alawash.org>
Date: Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 3:39 PM
Subject: [alacoun] Update on PATRIOT reform bills
To: alacoun at ala.org

 Washington Office has done four recent District Dispatch blogs about the
status of bills seeking to reauthorize and/or reform the three sun-setting
provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, including Section 215, the “library
records” provision.   Last week two different bills were introduced in the
Senate with a number of good reform provisions.  As the Senate Judiciary
Committee markup session started this morning, a third bill was substituted
that had been negotiated between Senators Leahy and Feinstein that weakens
many of the reform proposals in S. 1686 and S. 1692.  (This new version of
the bill is still S. 1692.)

For the updates go to the District Dispatch reports at:


This is a very fluid situation with another markup session scheduled for the
Senate Judiciary Committee next week, most likely again on Thursday.  We
have asked ALA’s grassroots library supporters to keep the pressure on.
There remain many challenges on these critical issues to bring reforms to
Section 215 as well as national security letters (NSLs) to protect library
patron records and other civil liberties.  Stay tuned for further updates in
the coming days.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
us.  And, comments are always welcomed on the District Dispatch blog.

For a good “blow by blow” report on the Senate Judiciary Committee October 1
markup and the S.1692 amendments discussed, see the Electronic Frontier
Foundation report at:


And another report at:

Lawmakers Cave to FBI in Patriot Act Debate


Diedre Conkling
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR  97365
Work phone & fax:  541-265-3066
Work email:  diedre at beachbooks.org
Home email:  diedre08 at gmail.com
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