Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Best Western Inn on the Park
Add the most important advocacy event of 2015 on your calendar: Library Legislative Day is your chance to promote the value of libraries and build relationships with your state legislators. Join WLA and WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association) on Tuesday, February 17 at the Best Western Inn on the Park in Madison.
Whether your constituent community is an academic campus, a K-12 school, a municipality, or museum, law firm or hospital, your legislators need to hear from you about important library issues!
WLA and WEMTA are particularly interested in recruiting library trustees, school board members, members of friends/foundation groups and other citizen library supporters to add to our delegation. 2015 is an important year because the biennial budget will be under discussion.
Participate in Library Legislative Day to learn what is important to public officials and, in the process, position yourself as a resource on library issues. Appointments will be made for you and others from your legislative district. Background materials and briefing provided in advance give you talking points on the issues. Professional lobbyists will provide tips on having an effective meeting.
Stay tuned for additional information about the 2015 program speakers and State Legislative Agenda!
Legislative Day Agenda:
7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Program and Briefing
- Remarks by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers
- Remarks by Senate Minority Caucus Vice-Chair Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma)
- Report from the WLA Library Development and Legislative Committee (Kathy Pletcher and Kris Adams Wendt)
- Remarks by Assembly Majority Leader Representative Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna)
- Legislative briefing and tips for successful advocacy (Tony Driessen and Michael Blumenfeld)
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Visits to Legislators
Rooms are available at the Best Western Inn on the Park, 22 South Carroll Street. Call 800.279.8811 OR 608.285.8000 to make reservations. Please identify yourself as being part of the "Wisconsin Library Association Library Legislative Day 2015 Block."
Rooms are $94 (1-4 people) or $114 for suites, plus tax of 14.5%. Cutoff for hotel rooms was January 17; however, call the hotel as there may be rooms available.
Some parking is available onsite at the host hotel, or park in a city ramp.
Who should I register to visit on Library Legislative Day?
Verify your senate and assembly districts at the Wisconsin Government website here.
How do I learn more about my legislators?
Find your legislators on the State Assembly and State Senatepages by clicking on “Representatives” or “Senators” for a listing, then “details” under their photos to access individual biographical information, their websites and district maps. Clicking on “historical information” under the photo of a returning legislator will lead to a page where archived information on the previous (2013-2014) session may be found regarding the bills that individual helped introduce and votes taken.
UPDATED LEGISLATIVE LISTINGS FOR 2015-17 SESSION
The following lists contain the current data for the 2015-17 session, courtesy of The Wheeler Report website. Any additions, updates, or changes will be published as they become available.
Complete Senate Listings. (Senators, office numbers, committee assignments)
Complete Assembly Listing. (Representatives, office numbers, committee assignments)