FAQ for Legislative Day

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need to be a member of one of the sponsoring organizations to attend?

A. No, you do not need to be a member of MLA, ITEM, MALF, or other organization to attend. The more the merrier and citizens--ie, not library staff--are always welcome. We do ask that you register via the MLA website & coordinate with your local group.

Q. Is there a fee for Legislative Day?

A. No, there is no fee. The event is supported by MLA and donations.

Q. Who makes my appointments with legislators?

A. Each person or system makes the appointments with legislators. MLA & ITEM do not make appointments. Consult with your regional library system to see if it is coordinating visits on Legislative Day.

Q. How early can I arrive on Legislative Day?

A. The Capitol opens at 8:00am. The Senate & House buildings open at 7:30am. The briefing on Legislative Day usually starts at 9:00, with registration/coffee at 8:30.

Q. What should I bring?

A. We recommend traveling light; you will be walking a lot. Some suggestions:

    • Copies of whatever 'leave-behind' documents your group prepared, along with copies of MLA+ITEM materials
    • Your Business cards
    • Smartphone to keep in touch with your group & to take & post pictures of you with your representatives

Q. Is Legislative Day always the same day?

A. No, the date varies based on several factors: opening date of legislative session, availability of space at the Capitol Complex. We try to find an optimum date after the session starts & our bills are authored introduced.

Q. Are there always hearings on library bills on Legislative Day?

A. Not every year. This depends on our bills and the schedules of legislative committees.

Q. What if it snows?

A. We don't have a back-up date. Generally, we continue on with Legislative Day with those who can attend. We don't expect people to make dangerous efforts to get to St Paul! We do recommend that you cancel any appointments you have made. And then participate in Virtual Legislative Week by reaching out about libraries via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, email, or other methods. Virtual participation hints here.

Q. I want to go to Legislative Day, but I am not part of a group and don't want to go alone. Can you help me?

A. Yes! Contact the LegWork Committee (legworkMLA@gmail.com) and we can help you find a group. Or come to the evening or morning briefing and we will help connect you.

Q. Are the Capitol Complex buildings accessible?

A. Yes, although there are some areas that may be more difficult to navigate for anyone using a wheelchair or having poor or limited mobility--the tunnels are steep. Here are accessibility features for the Capitol, including parking, elevator, restroom, & other information. The accessible entrance to the Capitol is on the ground floor front, under the cascade of marble steps--it has a ramp & elevators inside the door. If you have additional questions about accessibility or other needs, please contact the Minnesota State Capitol at 651-259-3292 or statecapitol@mnhs.org. Capitol Map