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Legislative Update 2015-05-20

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Session Ends: Last night at midnight, the Legislature adjourned as required by the constitution. However, there will … Continue reading

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MN Legislative Update 2015-05-18

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. It has been a wild weekend at the Capitol, featuring round the clock negotiations and plenty of … Continue reading

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Legislative Alert – More Legacy Action Needed

ACTION ALERT!  The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Our latest intelligence indicates that the Senate has offered to accept the House position on Legacy … Continue reading

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Library Legacy Alert: MN Legislative Update 2015-05-11

ACTION ALERT!  The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. This afternoon the Legacy conference committee was appointed. The ten members of the conference committee … Continue reading

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MN Legislative Update 2015-05-08

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist.  Education Conference Committee: The education conference committee met this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for about … Continue reading

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NLLD 2015

National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) is a two-day advocacy event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) where hundreds of library supporters, leaders and patrons gather in Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress to champion national library … Continue reading

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MN Legislative Update 2015-05-05

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 must adjourn on midnight on Monday, May 18, just under two weeks from now. Here … Continue reading

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MN Legislative Update 2015-04-30

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Legacy Bill: This afternoon the House passed its omnibus Legacy bill, HF 303, on the floor by … Continue reading

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MN Legislative Update 2015-04-21

 The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist.  House Legacy Bill: Yesterday the House Legacy Committee competed work on its omnibus bill and passed it … Continue reading

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Mn Legislative Update 2015-04-14

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Today the House and Senate omnibus education and higher education bills were released. Most library appropriations remained … Continue reading

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MLA opposes statutory changes to regional hiring

A Minnesota Library Association (MLA) has delivered a  letter to legislative leaders opposing an change to the statutes regarding the hiring of regional public library system directors as proposed by Governor Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). While … Continue reading

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MN Legislative Update 2015-04-09

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Legislative Calendar: On Tuesday legislators returned from their Passover/Easter break. Next week many budget committees will be … Continue reading

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MN Legislative Update 2015-03-23

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. House Legacy Hearing Today at 12:30pm:  Today Ann Hutton, SELCO, and Melinda Ludwiczak, MELSA, will present our … Continue reading

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MN Legislative Update 2015-03-17

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. State Budget: Today Governor Dayton released his supplemental budget recommendations. The single largest item is $235 million … Continue reading

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MN Legislative Update 2015-03-16

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. MDE Education Policy Bill: Last week the MDE education policy bill, HF 1591/SF 1495, was heard in … Continue reading

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Library Legacy Request

Libraries showcase authors and jugglers, dancers and artists. A request of $4,250,000 per year from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund will enable libraries continue offering these unique local opportunities. Link to the request Library Legacy funds help create strong … Continue reading

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MN Legislative Update 2015-03-09

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Library Legislative Day: Thank you to everyone who turned out for Library Legislative Day last week in … Continue reading

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Construction Grants for 2016 Session

Senator Stumpf, chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee, is encouraging the library community to introduce a bill yet this session to fund Library Construction Grants.  While this will not be an actual topic of discussion until the 2016 legislative … Continue reading

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MN Legislative Update 2015-02-23

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. House Education Finance Hearing: On Thursday, February 19, the House Education Finance committee heard two bills initiated … Continue reading

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SELCO’s MN Loves Libraries Campaign

The Minnesota Loves Libraries Campaign is a grassroots advocacy drive set to run in SELCO libraries during the first few weeks of February. Capitalizing on I Love to Read month and serving as a precursor to the 2015 Minnesota Library … Continue reading

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MN Legislative Update 2015-02-14

The following information was shared via email with the library community by Elaine Keefe, Capitol Hill Associates, in her role as MLA-ITEM lobbyist. Telecommunications Equity Aid (TEA) and Regional Library Telecommunications Aid (RLTA) Our bill to increase TEA to $9.75 … Continue reading

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NLLD 2015

Registration for the 41st annual National Library Legislative Day is now open! National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) will be May 4-5, 2015. Participants will receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issues briefings prior to their meetings on Capitol … Continue reading

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MN Legislative Update 2015-01-27

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 Budget Today Governor Dayton released his proposed budget for the FY 16-17 biennium. There are no … Continue reading

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Library Legislative Day on March 3

Regions around the state are organizing delegations of librarians, library staff,  trustees and library Friends to visit their legislators on March 3 for the annual Minnesota Library Legislative Day. This is a chance to tell legislators about the importance of … Continue reading

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MN High Tech Association supports increased bandwidth for libraries

Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO of the Governor’s Broadband Task Force, has prepared a detailed letter for Commissioner Brenda Cassellius of the Minnesota Department of Education. In the letter, Ms. Anderson Kelliher addresses the importance of adequate broadband connectivity … Continue reading

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Legislative Forum

MLA/MEMO 2014 Legislative Forum: Register Now MLA and MEMO  members are invited to gather at Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud on July 8th  from 9:00 am until 3:00pm for the annual Library Legislative Forum. Elaine Keefe, MLA lobbyist, … Continue reading

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Lives Change @ LARL

Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) launched an initiative to gather stories from library supporters leading up to Minnesota Library Legislative Day on March 5. Visit the LARL website and click on the Lives Change @ LARL slider to read letters … Continue reading

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MoE Unchanged for Now

The following information was sent via e-mail on March 18, 2014,  from Elaine Keefe from Capitol Hill Associates and MLA/MEMO Lobbyist.  I just came from a meeting with Daron Korte from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Rep. Kathy … Continue reading

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MoE Action Needed

From the MLA/MEMO Lobbyist, Elaine Keefe of Capitol Hill Associates The House Education Policy Committee and its counterpart, the Senate Education Committee, posted their draft omnibus education policy bills on March 17. Both omnibus bills include the provision proposed by … Continue reading

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ECRL Legislative Day Contingent

ECRL Staff, Board Members, and Library Friends Library Legislative Day, March 5, 2014 Back row: Karen Lee, Nancy Dunbar, Andrea Hermanson, Carolyn Avaire, Barbara Misselt-ECRL Director, Carol Goddard-ECRL Board Member, Patty Thompson, Vickie Sorn, Audrey Misiura-ECRL Board Member. Middle row: … Continue reading

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NLLD May 5 & 6 in DC

Register now for the 2014 National Library Legislative Day (NLLD)!  For 40 years (!), there has been an annual National Library Legislative Day in the nation’s capital. Each year, over 400 library supporters travel to DC where they receive training … Continue reading

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MDE Legislative Update

The following message from Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Assistant Commissioner Kevin McHenry was shared with the Minnesota Library Association through its Legislative Chair, Jim Weikum at ALS. It describes MDE  technical and policy initiatives for the 2014 legislative session. … Continue reading

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2014 Legislative Day a Successful Blur

Despite cold temperatures and a yet another snowfall, more than 100 library advocates ventured to St. Paul for discussions with legislators.  The MLA Legislative Committee hosted briefings on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, March 5, which offered the latest details … Continue reading

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eBook Talking Points

The library legislative platform supports an investigation in the wide variance of pricing for libraries compared to individual purchases, and the exploration of possible remedies to this uneven and discriminatory sales model. Contract language, numerous pricing models, and variations by … Continue reading

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Library Construction Talking Points

Today’s libraries are a marvelous blend of brick and mortar, collection, and technology. The Minnesota Library Association and the Minnesota Educational Media Organization support the appropriation of $3 million dollars for the 2014-2016 biennium for the construction of public library … Continue reading

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Telecom Talking Points

CRPLSA director, Peg Werner, VLS, was instrumental in preparing the Broadband and Telecommunications Access for Schools and Libraries legislative talking points. The focus of this legislative initiative supports an increase of $6 million for the school Telecommunications Equity Aid (TEA) … Continue reading

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