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Legislative Update 2017-01-26

The following information was shared via email with the library community on Thursday, January 26, 2017 by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Dayton’s Budget Plan Governor Dayton announced a budget plan earlier this … Continue reading

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Legislative Day Registration Opens

Minnesota Library Legislative Day is just around the corner. Library supporters are invited to converge at the Capitol for this important annual event on February 21-22. Although Wednesday is the highlight, activities begin on Tuesday at the Rice Street Library. … Continue reading

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February Legislative Day

Just announced:  Library Legislative Day will be held Wednesday, February 22. Briefings will be offered Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.  Times and locations are still being finalized.  Mark your calendar now and plan to join library supporters at the Capitol.

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National Library Legislative Day 2017

Registration for National Library Legislative Day 2017 is now open. To find information about the event, to register, or to book a hotel room, visit ala.org/nlld. As with previous years, National Library Legislative Day 2017 will be held at the … Continue reading

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Minnesota Loves Libraries Launched

Today marks the official launch of Minnesota Loves Libraries, a statewide, grassroots advocacy campaign set to run through January. We are looking for stories that exemplify service, community connections, and individual success. Have you had a positive interaction with a library staff … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 2016-12-02

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. State Budget Forecast Released State officials released the November budget forecast for the state of Minnesota … Continue reading

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Minnesota Loves Libraries close to launch

It’s almost here — Libraries throughout the state are nearly ready to launch the first-ever, statewide Minnesota Loves Libraries campaign! The time has come to begin gathering stories of how libraries make a difference in people’s lives so we can … Continue reading

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First Legislative Update for the 2017 Session

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. House and Senate GOP leadership announced committee structures and chairs today. They worked to align the … Continue reading

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Contact MN Senators

Email or call your Senators Franken and Klobuchar and ask our Minnesota Senators to co-sponsor S. 3391, the Museum and Library Services Act. Every year, nearly $200 million in federal library funding is awarded to every state by the Institute of … Continue reading

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Library advocacy theme unveiled!

Library advocates from across Minnesota began planning for the 2017 Minnesota Legislative session during the annual Library Legislative Forum on July 12, held at the St. Cloud Public Library (GRRL). Minnesota Loves Libraries will be unifying theme for 2017 library … Continue reading

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RFI for Lobbying and Advocacy Services

The Minnesota Library Association has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit information from interested parties with respect to Lobbying and Advocacy Services for the Minnesota Library Association and affiliates. MLA will use the information generated by this RFI, … Continue reading

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Legislative Issues Survey

MLA/ITEM 2016 Legislative Forum – Registration Reminder & Interest Survey Library advocates are invited to gather at the St. Cloud Public Library on Tuesday, July 12th from 9:00am – 3:00pm for the annual Library Legislative Forum. This is the work … Continue reading

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Library Lobbyist Survey

A Request from MLA, ITEM, CRPLSA and the Multitypes, please take the Lobbyist Evaluation Survey The Minnesota Library Association (MLA) holds a letter of agreement for governmental affairs consultant services with Capitol Hill Associates, Inc. on behalf of MLA, ITEM, … Continue reading

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Legislative Forum 2016 – Registration Open!

Calling all MLA and ITEM members and library advocates and trustees — you are invited to gather at Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud on Tuesday, July 12th from 9:00am until 3:00pm for the annual Library Legislative Forum. This … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 2016-06-10

The following information was shared via email with the library community on Monday, May 23, 2016 by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Tax Bill Veto: On Monday of this week, Governor Dayton pocket-vetoed … Continue reading

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2016 Legislative Session Ends

The following information was shared via email with the library community on Monday, May 23, 2016 by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. The 2016 legislative session has ended with very mixed results. Last … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 2016-05-19

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. End of Session Negotiations: There is still no agreement between legislative leaders and Governor Dayton on … Continue reading

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2016 Legislative Forum

Save the date — July 12! The annual Library Legislative Forum will be held at the St. Cloud Public Library/Great River Regional Library headquarters on July 12th. Mark your calendars! More information will be coming soon.

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Legislative Update 2016-05-16

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. End of Session Negotiations: The legislative session is nearing the end. Legislators must adjourn no later … Continue reading

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NLLD Photos

From Washington, DC and the halls of government…                                           ALA’s photostream for NLLD 2016

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Legislative Update 2016-05-02

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. The Senate bonding bill (SF 2839) was released this morning, and it contains good news for … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 2016-04-29

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. The legislative session must end no later than 3 weeks from Monday.  Here is an update … Continue reading

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Success = Library Legislative Day

Despite the construction making navigation around the Capitol complex a bit tricky, the beautiful spring weather and productive office visits made the 2016 Minnesota Library Legislative a success.  Every year library supporters from across the state go to Library Day … Continue reading

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On the eve of Legislative Day

Librarians, trustees and Library Friends will gather in St. Paul on April 13 to advocate for the MLA / ITEM Legislative Platform.  The top priority for this “short” legislative session will be inclusion of a $10 million appropriation in the … Continue reading

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Legislative Update

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Governor’s Budget:  Governor Dayton released his supplemental budget proposal today.  He is proposing to spend a … Continue reading

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Legislative Prep 2016

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Happy precinct caucus day! The Legislative session begins one week from today.  Here are some key … Continue reading

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Prepping for the 2016 Legislative Session

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Governor’s Capital Budget:   Today Governor Dayton released his capital budget request for 2016.  It includes $2 million … Continue reading

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MALF Scholarship to NLLD

The Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) is offering a one-time scholarship of $500 to a Friend of the Library interested in traveling to Washington, DC on May 2-3, 2016, to advocate for libraries as part of National Library Legislative … Continue reading

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NLLD 2016 Registration is Open!

Registration for National Library Legislative Day 2016 has opened!   The event will be held in Washington, D.C. on May 2-3, 2016 at the Liaison Hotel. This two-day advocacy event brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to … Continue reading

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Planning for 2016 Legislative Session

Preparations for the 2016 Legislative Session is a work in progress for the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) and CRPLSA .  The 2016 MLA Legislative Chair will be Barb Misselt, East Central Regional Library (ECRL) director. And, an action item on … Continue reading

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Go Back to School with Schoolhouse Rock!

Join Minitex and the University of Minnesota Libraries Regional Depository Library in new webinar series, Go Back to School with Schoolhouse Rock!. This series will focus on the three branches of the U.S. federal government. Tuesday, October 13, 2015 2:00 … Continue reading

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MALF Supported NLLD Scholarship

MALF is pleased to offer a one-time scholarship of $500 to a Friend of the Library interested in traveling to Washington, D.C. on May 2-3, 2016, to advocate for libraries as part of National Library Legislative Day (NLLD).  Coordinated by … Continue reading

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Minnesota Legislative Session Summary

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Below is a summary of 2015 legislative action (and inaction) affecting libraries. Most of this information has … Continue reading

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Special Session Today

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. The Legislature is holding a special session today. Governor Dayton issued a proclamation at 11pm last night … Continue reading

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Legislative Update 2015-06-08

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Special Session: Governor Dayton and legislative leaders have reached agreement on all of the issues to be … Continue reading

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MN Legislative Update 2015-05-25

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Additional Vetoes: On Saturday Governor Dayton finished signing and vetoing bills passed in the regular legislative session. … Continue reading

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