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1 Back to the Future: Changes in Technology at the MN Legislature and 2013 Session Update Alice Seuffert, Senior Policy Advocate, Association of Metropolitan School Districts Association of Metropolitan School Districts MinnSPRA Spring Conference April 12, 2013

2 "Once this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you're going to see some serious s*&t" - Doc prior to sending the Delorean and his dog, Einstein, one minute into the future

3 Significant Technology Dates for MN Legislature 1991 Legislature has internal Legislature connected to internet 1994 Legislative bills available online 1997 All House members given laptops 1998 House amendments available online 1999 All Senators given laptops 2004 All committee audio online/select video

4 Senate Floor Session: Then and Now Photo Source: David Oakes, MN Senate

5 Imagining in 1976 Library News, Robbie Lfleur (11/29/2012) Sen. George Conzemius, in a column from Senate Perspectives from April/May 1976 (p. 5), "We may also see Computer Terminals at each legislators' floor desk. These television-like screens would allow legislators - at the push of a button to recall (and have displayed before them) the various bills before the legislature. In addition, these terminals could be programmed to allow the insertion of amendments or the recall of documents or transcripts of committee testimony."

6 MN House-Then (1976) Senate Perspectives April/May 1976April/May 1976

7 MN House Now(2013) Pioneer Press, “Minnesota Legislature: Real-time view via technology” January 6, 2013.

8 Communicating with the Legislature has changed Access to activity and information (tv, audio/video files, bills, amendments, documents) Methods of communication ( , facebook, twitter, youtube) Quality of communication (fast, off-the-cuff) Real-time communication and access to Legislators (immediate contact and expectation for quick response)

9 What AMSD Provides Updates Research and Statistics Bill Summaries Position Papers Advocacy resources Connections Newsletter

10 Potential Earned Media at Legislature Testimony in Committee on relevant bills to your district. Sharing pictures and content after testimony. Offer to give an informational presentation on a district issue. Contribute to association newsletters or volunteer to write a guest blog post. Tagging legislators in social media posts. Offer to contribute to legislator’s weekly review newsletter. Participate in or organize Day at the Capitol event.

11 Small Group Discussion In your role what have you done to better connect district leadership and school board members to engage at the Capitol? Have you had any success stories of earned media that resulted from activity at the Capitol? What opportunities do you see for you to engage more?

12 2013 Session Update 2013 Session Update Summary of Significant Legislation of 2013 What’s in the Omnibus Education Policy Bills? What’s in the Omnibus Education Finance Bills?

13 Is it too late to do something? No! We just finished the 7 th inning stretch! The worst thing you can do is leave the game now! It is just getting exciting! Attend and encourage district leadership to testify during conference committee meetings. Contact and meet with legislators. Use social media to share relevant policy connections.

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