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The Legislative Committee is charged with the responsibility to recommend a legislative platform and program to the board of directors each year and to lobby on behalf of MLA in conjunction with the MLA lobbyist.

Leadership Roster

Contact a Committee Member

Chair   Ann Walker Smalley, Director
Chair Elect   Ann Hokanson, Executive Director
Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative
Lobbyist   Sam Walseth, MLA/ITEM Lobbyist 
Capitol Hill Associates


2017 Agendas

January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017
August 2017

2016 Agendas

April 2016

Meeting Notes 2015

2017 Notes

January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017


2016 Notes

March 2016

2015 Notes

January 2015
February 2015
March 2015




There are no news items at this time. 

Upcoming Events

March 5, 2018 - 4:30-6:00pm
Library Legislative Day Briefing

Roseville Library

Registration opens in January.

  • 5-6pm-Briefing
  • 6pm Optional dinner groups. Watch for more info & registration.


March 6, 2018 - 8:30am-4:00pm
Library Legislative Day

L'Etoile du Nord (Room B-15, State Capitol)

Registration opens in January.

  • Detailed agenda available soon
  • Legislative Day Briefing (same as March 5)
  • Schedule your legislative visits
  • Library Info Fair (10-3pm) 


August 8, 2018 - 9:30am-4:00pm
Annual Legislative Forum

Brookdale Library

Registration opens in June 2018.

Legislative Committee Meetings

The Legislative Committee meetings are held via webinar from 10:00am–12:00pm on the first Wednesday of each month. Registration is required if you will be attending the meeting online. Watch here for links to register.

If you are in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and would prefer to attend the committee meeting in person, the MELSA Meeting Room has been reserved. It is located in Suite 320 at 1619 Dayton Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104. No registration is required to attend the meeting in person.

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Legislative Documents/Resources

2018 Legislative Documents

Talking Points give Legislative Day advocates the background on the bills and issues so you have understanding of the issues and can answer questions. These are for you, not for Legislators. You leave the Platform with your legislators, along with any other documentation your region recommends. The Talking Points are prepared by the stakeholders of that Platform plank.

2017 Legislative Forum Documents

2017 Legislative Documents

2016 Legislative Documents

2015 Legislative Documents