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MACTA Day at the Capitol


When: 3/19/2014
Where: League of Minnesota Cities Office
145 University Ave. W
St. Paul, Minnesota  
United States

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Thank you to all who attended the 2014 Day at the Capitol!

Will there be a "Major Overhaul of Minnesota’s Out-of-Date Telecom Law?”

This annual event is divided into two parts:

  • 9:30-Noon. A meeting at the League of Minnesota Cities building for legislative updates, speakers and prep on this year’s legislative talking points.
  • Noon Lunch and networking
  • Noon-4 p.m. Meetings and taping sessions with legislators at the Capitol and State Office Building.

MACTA, ACM, LMC Members: $35 (includes box lunch)
Non-Members: $60 (includes box lunch)


Who should attend?

  • MACTA Members
  • Cable Commissioners and Staff
  • PEG Managers, Board Members, Producers, Volunteers and Staff
  • City Elected Officials and Staff
  • League of Minnesota Cities Members
  • Alliance for Community Media (ACM)
  • ACM Midwest Regional Members


On the State Level:

  • Learn about H.F. 985 and proposed changes to the State’s telecom laws
  • Receive an update on the Broadband Task Force
    and their latest report and recommendations
  • Will state cable franchising arise during this session?
  • What other cable and telecom may come up this session?
  • What exactly is an "un-session?”

On the Federal Level:

  • How will cities’ authority over rights-of-way, tower placement and local governments be impacted this year?
  • Is there a new telecom act on the way?

9:15 – 9:30 Welcome and Introduction
9:30 – 11:30 Invited Speakers
- Sen. Dan Sparks (Austin)
- Sen. Matt Schmit (Red Wing)
- Rep. Joe Atkins (Inver Grove Heights)
- Rep. Sheldon Johnson (Saint Paul)
- Danna MacKenzie, Director of Office of Broadband
- Laura Ziegler, Intergovernmental Relations Liaison, League of MN Cities
11:30 – 12:00 Box lunches and networking, individual prep for lobbying visits
12:00 – 4:00 Meet with and interview your Legislators at the Capitol

Legislative Update & Practice Session
MACTA Lobbyists will review MACTA’s positions, provide talking points, and hand-out materials to share with legislators. After lunch, walk to the Capitol for meetings and/or camera interviews with your legislators. MACTA lobbyists and legislative committee members are available to accompany you to your meeting(s) if desired.


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