The Library Development and Legislation Committee (LD&L) is responsible for recommending legislative policies and agendas to the WLA Board of Directors. No other entity within WLA may speak for the organization on matters of legislative policy; however, all units and leadership are strongly encouraged to stay abreast of legislative developments and communicate their opinions to LD&L and the Board. The Library Development & Legislative Committee meets bimonthly to discuss current legislative issues and goals. 

You can help build library legislative advocates by communicating key WLA legislative issues in ways that make sense to your unit's membership. For example, the Intellectual Freedom Roundtable can highlight bills that may have an impact on intellectual freedom, or WAAL can share information on bills affecting academic libraries.

Not every legislative issue will affect all types of libraries, but we need every member to advocate for all libraries!


  • Hosts a program at the WLA Annual Conference where member concerns and opinions are sought.
  • Recommends an annual legislative agenda and positions on specific issues to the WLA Board.
  • Periodically schedules meetings of library stakeholder organizations in the state to help accomplish legislative goals.

If new issues arise unexpectedly, the WLA President, in consultation with the LD&L Chair and Executive Director, may take positions on behalf of the association.

2023 LD&L Chair
Pete Loeffel



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