ALA Committee on Legislation

Charge

The ALA Council Committee on Legislation (COL) is charged with the responsibility for the association’s legislative agenda. Specifically, to:

  • Identify, for the Washington Office, the association’s strategic priorities.
  • Recommend, annually, based on consultation with the Washington Office, a legislative and public policy agenda.
  • Review and advise on, any policy statements and/or resolutions that have an impact on federal legislation, policy, or regulations.
  • Provide a forum within ALA to share information and legislative analysis of current and impending federal laws and regulations to keep ALA units apprised of current issues affecting libraries.
  • Be available to consult, collaborate and offer assistance to state and local library entities when federal legislation has implications at the state and local level.  

Roster

Mr. Mario A. Ascencio (Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Mario A. Ascencio (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Robert E. Banks (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Carl Jay Bansbach (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Mary L. Hastler (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Lesliediana Jones (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Pamela R. Klipsch (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Charles E. Kratz, Jr. (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Janet Therese O'Keefe (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Kenton L. Oliver (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Eileen M. Palmer (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Aimee C. Quinn (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Mr. Eric D. Suess (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Mr. James K. Teliha (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Glen J. Benedict (Intern, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Patty Wong (Board Liaison, July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2020)
Mr. Gavin Baker (Staff, June 1, 2017, to June 1, 2025)
Wil Clifft (Staff, September 1, 2018, to September 1, 2026)
Alisha Dixon (Staff, July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2025)
Shawnda Kay Hines (Staff, June 30, 2018, to September 1, 2025)
Alan Inouye (Staff, June 1, 2018, to September 1, 2025)
Sara Kamal (Staff, September 1, 2018, to September 1, 2026)
Kathi J. Kromer (Staff, June 1, 2017, to June 1, 2025)
Kevin Maher (Staff, January 1, 2015, to September 1, 2020)
Megan Ortegon (Staff, June 1, 2018, to September 1, 2025)
Carrie Russell (Staff, June 1, 2018, to September 1, 2025)
Emily Wagner (Staff, July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2025)

Displaying active committee roster as of 03/24/2019. Last retrieved on 03/24/2019. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.

Composition

To consist of 15 members having staggered terms. Chairpersons are appointed annually. Each year the president-elect of ALA appoints the chair and new members to fill the staggered terms of about half of the COL membership.

Subcommitees and Task Forces

To consist of 15 members having staggered terms. Chairpersons are appointed annually. Each year the president-elect of ALA appoints the chair and new members to fill the staggered terms of about half of the COL membership.

Staff Liaison

Kevin Maher, Deputy Director
kmaher@alawash.org