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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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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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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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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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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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2014 Legislative Changes Impacting Libraries

State Librarian Jen Nelson shares an update on the laws passed in the recently adjourned 2014 legislative session that impact libraries. Omnibus Capital Investment – Library Construction Grants A $2 million appropriation will support library construction grants under Minnesota Statutes, … Continue reading

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MN’s New Women’s Economic Security Act

At a Mother’s Day signing, Governor Mark Dayton made the Women’s Economic Security Act law in Minnesota.  The new law identifies nine employment areas designed to improve working conditions.  The hallmark of the bill is a new requirement that allows … 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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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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Legislative Day on March 5!

Register for the 2014 MLA/MEMO Library Legislative Day!

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2014 Legislative Platform Available

With the start of the 2014 Minnesota legislative session just weeks away, the 2014 MLA – MEMO Library Legislative Platform is available for review and distribution.  The library community will focus on three primary areas: public library construction, telecommunications, and eBooks. … Continue reading

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