Get Ready for Legislative Day: Registration Now Open

Legislative Day will be held April 9th at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

Registration is now open for the OLC’s Legislative Day on Tues., April 9 at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in downtown Columbus. The Ohio General Assembly will consider hundreds of bills during a typical biennial session, but the most important legislation for the public library community is the state budget bill which determines how much state funding public libraries will receive for the next two years. Governor Mike DeWine will be releasing his state budget proposal for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 on March 15. Now is the time for your voice to be heard!

Legislative Day is an opportunity for you to come to Columbus, meet with your legislators, and advocate on behalf of Ohio’s public libraries. This year, Legislative Day will include a luncheon with legislators and remarks from Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) and Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights). The event also falls within National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries. It’s the perfect time to share the essential work your library is doing. The registration fee for Legislative Day is $45 for members and includes lunch. The full agenda is available on the OLC website.


Preparing for Legislative Day Webinar
Those attending Legislative Day should plan to watch the “Preparing for Legislative Day” webinar to be presented on Mon., March 18, from 1-2 p.m. This free webinar, hosted by Michelle Francis, OLC’s Director of Government and Legal Services, will outline key steps to take before Legislative Day, including making appointments with legislators and using the advocacy tools on the OLC website.