Advocacy Archive

CRPLSA has a long history of  initiating and supporting legislative activity relevant to library operations and services.

2017 Library Legislative Platform

Talking Points:

Broadband Telecommunications Access for Schools and Public Libraries

Library Legacy Request HF 1308  & SF 1134

Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) HF 1382 & SF 1033


2016 Library Legislative Platform

Talking Points for the Library Construction Grants: Accessibility and Improvement

Libraries around the state have passed resolutions supporting the Minnesota Broadband Vision – Click here for information


2015 Library Legislative Platform

Supplementary Infographics offer background information on each legislative plank.

2015 Special Legislative Initiative

In an unprecedented action, nine regions are undertaking a separate  legislative initiative during the 2015 legislative session to change the Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) formula.

For many years CRPLSA has studied a variety of solutions in an effort to lessen formula volatility and budget uncertainty.  However, the group has been unable to secure unanimous agreement.  In 2013, a special joint CRPLSA/MELSA Ad Hoc Funding Committee proposed a formula change that was approved by nine regional library boards.

This proposal reduces the equalization factor from 25% to 15% and increases the basic system service factor from 5% to 15%.  The formula change is endorsed by:

  • Arrowhead Library System (ALS)
  • East Central Regional Library (ECRL)
  • Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL)
  • Northwest Regional Library (NWRL)
  • Pioneerland Library System (PLS)
  • Plum Creek Library System (PCLS)
  • SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating)
  • Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (TdSLC)
  • Viking Library System (VLS)

2014 MLA – MEMO Library Legislative Platform

Supplementary details or “talking points” offer more information on each legislative plank and are useful when advocating for specific initiatives.


2013 MLA – MEMO Library Legislative Platform

Supplementary details or “talking points” offer background information


2012 MLA/MEMO Library Legislative Platform

MLA/MEMO talking points to assist library staff, trustees, and Friends when sharing information with legislators.


2011 MLA/MEMO Library Legislative Platform

Background information on each of the planks or issues referenced in the 2011 library legislative platform


2010 MLA – MEMO Legislative Platform as revised February 3, 2010 for Library Legislative Day, February 24, 2010: Talk Is Cheap. Advocate, Advocate, Advocate!


Previous Library Legislative Platforms

2009 Legislative Platform
2008 Legislative Platform
2007 Legislative Platform
2006 Legislative Platform
2005 Legislative Platform
2004 Legislative Platform
2003 Legislative Platform
2002 Legislative Platform