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Legislative Conference

Legislative Conference

Date: January 29-30, 2019
  • Day 1: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Day 2: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: DoubleTree Hotel, 411 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
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MMUA’s Legislative Conference is the municipal utility community’s primary opportunity to inform and influence state lawmakers. This year’s event is early in the session so we can introduce ourselves to the many new legislators.

Our conference hotel is a new location—the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown St. Paul. We were originally scheduled to be at the Embassy Suites, but we received notice that the hotel was sold and would be closing for renovations. See information below on making reservations at the new location.

On day one of the conference, we will be inviting our new Governor to kick off our conference with an overview of the new administration’s legislative and regulatory priorities. MMUA staff and our partners at McGrann Shea Carnival will brief attendees on key issues for our Capitol visits. After lunch, members will visit their legislators’ offices (appointments to be scheduled by members). We will cap off the day with a legislative reception at the DoubleTree, providing MMUA members the opportunity for further conversation with lawmakers.

Day two will feature a half-day of timely and useful conference sessions, leaving your afternoon free for safe travel back home.

Who Should Attend

  • Public power staff and leaders
  • Mayors, city council and board members
  • Others who want to get involved and advocate for public power

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, January 29

8:30 am  Registration
9:30 am  Welcome
9:45 am  The Changing Role of Energy in Today's Politics
10:45 am  Municipal UtilitiesWho We Are, What We Are, and Why We Are Important, MMUA Staff
11 am  Legislative BriefingAn Overview of and Update on MMUA's 2019 Legislative Initiatives and Other Bills of Interest, Kent Sulem and Bill Black, MMUA
11:45 am  Lunch Served
Noon  Life at the Capitol 2019: A New Year, New Players, and New PrioritiesDoug Carnival and Joe Bagnoli, McGrann Shea Carnival et al.
12:45-7:45 pm  Shuttle Service to/from Capitol
1-4:30 pm  Meet with Legislators  *
4:30-7 pm  Legislative Reception (at hotel's Grand Atrium); Invite your legislators to join us! A shuttle service will be provided for them as well.

*Contact Bill Black at MMUA if you need assistance scheduling your appointments. Email bblack@mmua.org or phone 651.398.2098.

Wednesday, January 30

8:30 am  Feedback from Legislative Visits
9 am  Other Issues of InterestUpdates on APPA Issues, Non-Legislative MMUA Programs, etc.

9:30 am  Training on New Interconnection Process, Kristi Robinson, STAR Energy Services and Bill Black, MMUA
10:30 am  Meet the New Commerce Commissioner, Steve Kelley, Minnesota Dept. of Commerce
11:15 am  5G/Small Cell IssuesAn Overview and Update on Status and Impact of FCC's Report and Order, Bob Vose, Kennedy  Graven and Kent Sulem, MMUA
Noon  Conference Adjourns


$220 per person. Fee will increase $50 on January 9. Deadline to register is January 15.
Fee includes: conference materials, refreshment breaks, Tuesday lunch, reception and bus transportation.

Hotel Information

DoubleTree by Hilton St. Paul Downtown
411 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101

Reservations can be made online using our special link. You can also call the hotel directly at 651.291.8800 with group code 012 (MMUA Legislative Conference) to get our group rate. MMUA’s standard room rate is $135 per night plus tax for single or double occupancy. Check-in is 3:00 pm. Check-out is 12:00 pm.

Cut-Off Date
Cut-off date is December 29, 2018 — or when the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. Reservation requests received after this date will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis.


Bus transportation will be provided for your visits to the Capitol. The bus will take attendees from the hotel to the Capitol starting at 12:45 pm and later back to the hotel.


We do not include meals for spouses/guests at this meeting, but we do encourage them to come along and enjoy area attractions. Contact Rita Kelly if you would like to arrange for an extra meal or to attend the evening reception.

Special Dietary Requests

Special dietary needs can be arranged by emailing Rita Kelly or calling 763.746.0707.


MMUA charges a $30 per person processing fee for registrations cancelled by January 15, 2019. MMUA must be notified by 4:30 pm on January 15 to qualify.


By registering for this event attendees authorize Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) to photograph them at this event and use such photographs in MMUA marketing materials (both electronic and print). Attendees understand that they will not be paid for giving this consent.


Contact Rita Kelly by email rkelly@mmua.org or phone 763.746.0707.

printable brochure is also available.


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