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Legislative Forum 2015
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When: July 8, 2015
9 AM - 3 PM
Where: Great River Regional Library
1300 W St Germain St
St. Cloud, Minnesota  56301
United States
Contact: Barb Misselt

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When: July 8, 2015, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Where: Great River Regional Library, St. Cloud, MN (1300 W St Germain, St, St Cloud, MN 56301)

Who: All are welcome! MLA members, ITEM Members, and Library Trustees are especially encouraged to attend.

Why: It's important for library professionals to advocate in Minnesota and use our voices!

Cost: This event is free to attend. Price includes event registration and lunch.

DETAILS: Elaine Keefe, MLA lobbyist, will review the 2015 Legislative Session and give an overview of expectations for the 2016 session. The majority of the day will be spent developing and discussing possible legislative priorities, opportunities, and challenges for 2016. Click HERE to review the 2015 Legislative Platform.




8:30 am           Coffee and goodies, hosted by Minitex

9:00 am           Welcome and introductions – Barbara Misselt, MLA 2016 Legislative Chair

9:15 am           Introduction to ALA Engage (replaces Capwiz) and other ALA concerns

  • Pat Conley and Jim Weikum, MLA National Legislative Chairs

10:00 am         Review of the 2015 Session, Elaine Keefe, MLA/MEMO Lobbyist

10:30 am         Identify and brainstorm 2015 Legislative Session priorities and needs

11:00 am         Table discussions of identified priorities and needs

12:00 pm         Lunch (box lunches provides as part of registration), discussions continue

12:45 pm         Report from table discussions

1:30 pm           Minnesota Department of Education Guest Speakers

  •  Kevin McHenry, Assistant Commissioner of Education and

  •  Jennifer Nelson, State Librarian

2:00 pm           Draft platform development (general structure and timeline)

3:00 pm           Adjourn       

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