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MLA/ITEM  Legislative Forum

When: 7/8/2014
From 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Where: Great River Regional Library
1300 W. St. Germain Street
St. Cloud, Minnesota  56301
United States
Contact: Claire Wilson

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MLA and ITEM  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, will review the 2014 Legislative Session and special guests from the Minnesota Department of Education will speak.  The majority of the day will be spent developing and discussing possible legislative priorities, opportunities, and challenges for 2015.

8:30amCoffee, rolls and fruit
9:00amWelcome – Pat Conley, MLA 2015 Legislative Chair
9:15 amReview of the 2014 Session: What happened and what are the effects on libraries? – Elaine Keefe
9:45amMinnesota Department of Education Guest Speakers:  Kevin McHenry, Assistant Commissioner of Education and Jennifer Nelson, State Librarian and Division Manager, State Librarian Serivces 
 10:45am  Overview of Process and Decision Making
11:15amBrainstorming of 2014 Legislative Session priorities and needs
11:45amSmall group ("table”) discussions on priorities and needs
12:15pmLunch (box lunches provided as part of registration) with table discussions on priorities and needs
12:45pmReport from table discussions
1:30pmDraft platform development (general structure and timeline)
2:00pmDiscussion and Wrap-Up

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