MOE Legislative Outcome
September 8, 2011 -- Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates and MLA/MEMO Lobbyist summarized the recent changes to Library Maintenance of Effort as finalized in the special session concluding the 2010 Minnesota government shutdown.
Public library maintenance of effort and the minimum level of local support were set at 90% of 2011 levels for 2012 and future years. Libraries were not singled out -- all MOE provisions were treated in the same manner.
MOE Resolutions from Harmony and Rushford Boards
March 23, 2011 -- The Harmony Public Library and Rushford Public Library Boards passed resolutions supporting Library Maintenance of Effort (MOE). The resolutions will be forwarded to Governor Dayton and the libraries' legislative representatives, Senator Jeremy Miller (31) and Representative Greg Davids (31B) requesting that Library Maintenance of Effort be maintained as currently in statute rather than implementing changes that are being discussed during this 2011 legislative session.
MOE Talking Points for Library Legislative Day
February 25, 2011 -- Library Maintenance of Effort (MOE) has become a very large topic of discussion at the Legislature as several bills have been introduced to repeal all types of MOE provisions, including one for libraries (MN State Statute 134.34). Using information from several sources, Michael Scott, MLA Legislative Committee Chair, and MLA/MEMO Lobbyist Elaine Keefe, have developed some very basic MOE talking points. Feel free to use these during discussions with legislators on Library Legislative Day, March 1, or any other time.
Print copies will be available during Library Legislative Day registration, both before the evening briefing on February 28 and on the morning of Library Legislative Day, March 1. This document has also been posted to the MLA Legislative Committee page, (click on Library Maintenance of Effort).
MOE Background Info for 2011 Legislative Session
February 2, 2011 -- As Library Maintenance of Effort and Minimum Level of Local Support are up for discussion as part of the 2011 legislative deliberations, CRPLSA member Peg Werner, VLS Director, has updated the Maintenance of Effort Talking Points with explanations and history.
Revised MOE Support Documents
July 1, 2009 -- As the regional libraries and local units of government investigate the recent changes to the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) statutes, questions have arised and additional clarification is available. The revised Legislative Outcomes document is intented as a handout and the revised Talking Points will provide more detail to the the presenter. Both documents have been revised and updated to reflect recent questions and conversations with funding bodies since the adjournment of the 2009 legislative session.
Supporting Documentation for Recent MOE Statutory Amendments
June 10, 2009 -- The documents listed below define and explain the outcome of the changes to the statutory language regarding Minnesota library funding, that is the minimum level of support and maintenance of effort. Please share them with public library directors and other staff interested in the topic.
- The Legislative Outcomes document is meant to be used as a handout when talking to library boards, funding bodies etc.
- The Talking Points are meant to give the presenter in the above scenario more details
- A copy of the final statutory language
- A final copy of the Minnesota Library Funding Recommendations.
There were many issues raised to the Library Funding Committee that did not involve statutory language changes as part of the solution, but do nevertheless change the definition of maintenance of effort. An example is the list of items included under "capital costs". State Library Services was instrumental in both defining and allowing these changes, which represent significant positive changes to MOE.
Thanks to Ken Behringer, Director, Dakota County Library, Elaine Keefe, Capital Hill Associates and MLA/MEMO Lobbyist and Mark Ranum, Director, Plum Creek Library System and 2009 MLA Legislative Chair for all they have done during and after the session regarding this effort.
Work of Library Funding Committee Ready for Legislature
December 5, 2008 -- The Minnesota Library Funding Committee produced two documents to assist with discussions during the 2009 legislative session.
The Minnesota Library Funding Summary (PDF 47KB) is a one page handout listing the recommendations and designed as a quick reference tool. This was first distributed at Association of Minnesota Counties' annual conference.
The Minnesota Library Funding Recommendations (PDF 89KB) is a descriptive five page document which includes details about each recommendation, sample language for statutory revisions, meeting dates, document history, and a roster of committee members.
Chronological listing of Minnesota Library Funding Committee meetings
April 4, 2008 -- Initial committee meeting, introduction of work group members. discussion of charge and general introduction to library MOE
April 17, 2008 -- Identification of issues
May 15, 2008 -- Identification of possible solutions for issues
June 2008 -- Sub-committee continues work on resolutions
July 9, 2008 -- Review sub-committee work and approve document for general distribution to sponsoring organizations
History of the Minnesota Library Funding Document
July 9, 2008 -- Review by Suzanne Miller, State Librarian
July 16, 2008 -- Presentation by MOE Work Group at the Minnesota Library Association Annual Legislative Forum, Chanhassen
July 24, 2008 -- Review by Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators
August 1, 2008 -- Presentation by MOE Work Group and discussion at the Association of Minnesota Counties' Summer Policy Committee meetings
November 21, 2008 -- Presentation at AMC/LMC/MICA Meeting
November 21, 2008 -- Presentation at MLA Annual Conference, Bloomington
Volunteers needed for MOE Working Group
February 2008 -- As a follow-up to the January 22 statewide meeting on Minimum Funding Levels and Maintenance of Effort (MOE) for library funding [more information below], CRPLSA will create a statewide working group to further explore MOE issues and develop possible action items.
January 2008 -- The Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA) will host a statewide meeting on the topics of the Minimum Level of Support and Maintenance of Effort (MOE) on January 23, 2008 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Hardwood Creek Branch of the Washington County Library, located in Forest Lake.
The meeting is designed to encourage an open and frank discussion about Minimum Level of Support and MOE in Minnesota. The day will begin with an educational and historical review presented by Ken Behringer, Director, Dakota County Library. After questions have been answered concerning the basic statutes and their interpretations, discussion will be open to all in attendance. Coffee will be available at 9:30 AM, lunch will be served on site, and beverages will be available all day. There is no cost to attend the meeting.