Capitol Lab

Date: Feb 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

State Office Building - 500N
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul

Fee: Free

This is the first year since 2013 that the Capitol will be mostly renovated and open again to the public. Join MCN policy staff for an in person tour and orientation of the Minnesota Capitol complex and its many resources. See where legislative committees meet, legislative offices, the House and Senate Chambers, and the many resources available to nonprofit advocates. We’ll stop to chat with Legislative staff along the way. The session is designed to increase your familiarity and comfort level with the Capitol surroundings. Wear your walking shoes!

Participants will become familiarized with the significant locations in the Capitol complex and will learn how to navigate the complex and the legislative system.

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Principles & Practices

In an effort to support nonprofits in fulfilling their missions, this workshop will help to focus your work on the following practices:

  • Policy 1: Nonprofits should help their clients, members, volunteers and donors learn how relevant policies affect them, develop their skills and knowledge in public policy making, and help them take advantage of opportunities to participate in the public policy process.
  • Policy 8: In situations where an organization’s mission is directly affected by a public policy, nonprofits should lead advocacy efforts regarding the policy, which may involve a variety of advocacy activities including direct lobbying.

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Directions: The State Office Building is located on the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd within the Capitol Complex in St Paul off of the I-94. Metered parking in one of the Capitol Complex parking lots. The closest lots are Ramp F or Lot AA.

Food: Beverages and food are available in the Department of Transportation cafeteria.

Transit: The State Office Building is a short walk from the Capitol/Rice Street Station on Metro Transit’s Green Line.

About the Presenter

Rinal RayRinal Ray is the deputy public policy director at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Rinal works with MCN’s public policy director to advance the organization’s policy agenda and train leaders on nonprofit advocacy. Prior to her role at MCN, Rinal served as a staff attorney for the Minnesota Justice Foundation at William Mitchell College of Law. As former project coordinator for MCN, she also worked on the Charitable Tax Exemption Campaign and the Nonprofit Legal Handbook. Additionally, Rinal served on MCN’s board of directors in 2013 and as a co-chair of the Principles and Practices Advisory Committee. Rinal is a former AmeriCorps member with College Possible. She has a B.A. in international studies and political science from Macalester College and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

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