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During the 2013 legislative session, the League's IGR staff will be posting regular updates to the new Third Reading newsfeed.
(Published Jan 14, 2013)
The League has launched a new newsfeed—Third Reading—that provides real-time legislative updates for members and other interested stakeholders during the 2013 session, which started Jan. 8.
These updates from the Capitol are provided by the League’s intergovernmental relations (IGR) staff, and they replace the Friday Facts that the IGR staff used to send via email during the session.
Why are we calling it “Third Reading”?
“Third reading” is a term used in the legislative process when a bill is debated on the floor in its final form with all committee and floor amendments added. The final vote is taken by the chamber after the third reading of the bill. The title not only reflects a common legislative term, but is intended to reflect the attentive and complete consideration of legislative happenings related to their potential influence on Minnesota cities.
Why are we eliminating Friday Facts?
Third Reading is designed to deliver information to members in an up-to-the-minute fashion in lieu of waiting until the end of the week for pertinent information affecting cities. Additionally, we encourage open discussion on all of our posts in our comment section found at the end of each post.
What about the legislative listserv (email list)?
The legislative listserv (to which the Friday Facts was sent) will continue to serve as a vehicle for contacting city officials in times when mass city advocacy is needed. However, it will not be used to send out updates every week, nor will there be emails sent to the legislative listserv when something new is posted on Third Reading.
Don’t forget to bookmark Third Reading and check it regularly for all of the latest legislative information!
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