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May 26, 2015 - Issue 21

MNA Legislative Report


With Gov. Dayton’s veto of three major spending bills, a special session of the Legislature is now inevitable.  But there is still some uncertainty as to when—and where—the special session will occur.  The most likely time for the session is mid-June, though legislative leaders will first seek to negotiate agreements on the key issues which prompted the vetoes.  As for where the session will convene, we know it won’t be at the Capitol.  The House and Senate chambers have been commandeered by construction workers in connection with the extensive renovation of the Capitol building that’s been underway for the past several months.  However, the state constitution does require that legislative sessions occur in St. Paul.
 
While the main focus of the special session will the big spending bills that were vetoed, it’s possible that other issues will also get some attention.  One possible silver lining for MNA in the special session is another shot at what was one of MNA’s priorities during the regular session—legislation that would reform the procedures for returning unclaimed property held by the state to its rightful owners.  That legislation included adding a publication requirement identifying people whose property is held by the state.  
 
The proposal ended up being a casualty of the last minute scramble to complete the regular session before midnight last Monday, when the unclaimed property language and a number of other provisions were deleted from the jobs finance bill as part of an effort to quickly enact a less controversial measure.  But because Gov. Dayton vetoed even that version of the bill, all of its original provisions could again be considered during the special session, though it’s by no means certain that they will be.
 
We don’t expect any other issues to be dealt with during the special session that are of particular consequence to MNA and its members.  Nonetheless, we’ll keep a close eye on the proceedings.
 
Our chief legislative counsel Sandy Neren has updated the MNA bill status report (or tracking list) to reflect developments through the end of the regular session, which is now available on MNA’s website.  It provides an excellent overview of the issues that MNA was most involved in during the session.  A number of additional bills on the list ended up being approved by the Legislature and Governor, including an appropriation for the legislative Data Practices Commission, more money for the expedited data practices procedure in the state Office of Administrative Hearings, regulations applying to license plate readers used by law enforcement, and amendments to the state anti-SLAPP statute (which is aimed at discouraging frivolous defamation lawsuits).
 
Sandy Neren’s comprehensive summary of the 2015 regular session is included with this Bulletin (below).
 
As always, we’re happy to answer any questions or concerns that members might have about our legislative efforts.  And of course we will keep you updated as we learn more about what is likely to occur in the special session. 

Final Regular Session Legislative Tracking List (5-26-15)

2015 MNA Legislative Report

Sandy Neren, Messerli and Kramer
Legislative Counsel

The Minnesota Legislature began the first half of their 89th biennial session on January 6th, and adjourned at midnight on Monday, May 18, as required by the Constitution.

With a newly elected GOP House majority and a DFL Senate and Governor, bipartisan cooperation would be necessary in order to reach final agreement on a budget for the next biennium. After 12 years of budget deficits, a projected nearly $2 billion surplus led to hopes of tax reductions, more money for education, and passage of a comprehensive transportation funding package for transit and repairs to the state’s roads and bridges. When the House and Senate adjourned last week, most of those priorities were left unresolved.

After weeks of negotiations between the Governor and legislative leadership did not succeed in a final agreement, legislative leadership worked out their own final budget numbers the last weekend of session, and passed all the major finance bills.  To the dismay of many, a comprehensive transportation plan and the omnibus tax bill did not make the cut, and those conference committees were left in place for possible action next year.

However, the debate over a few key pieces of legislation is not over; the Governor vetoed 3 of the major finance bills, including the E-12 Education bill, the Jobs/Commerce Finance bill, and the Ag/Environment Finance bill. And State Auditor, Rebecca Otto, has convinced the Governor to support her efforts to repeal a provision that passed as part of the State Government Finance bill that would give counties the authority to contract with private certified public accountants to do financial audits that her office currently conducts.  A few other key bills were also left unfinished, including a $107 million Bonding Bill and a $540 million Omnibus Legacy Bill.

The end result is that the Governor will have to call the Legislature into special session to complete the budget work. It’s not clear where it might occur – the Capitol will be closed for substantial repairs for the next 10 months and desks have been moved off the House and Senate Floor to complete the Capitol renovations. It’s also not clear when it may occur, but it likely will be by mid-June, before a partial state government shutdown occurs on July 1 for those agency functions without authorized funding.

The session was again a fairly successful one for the Association. No adverse legislation on taxes, public notice,  open meeting law, or data practices passed into law, and several proposals that the Association supported did pass the Legislature.

Here is a brief summary of the issues we worked on for the Association this year:

TAXES

For the first time in several years, no tax legislation of concern to the Association was introduced or considered this year, undoubtedly due to the budget surplus.

PUBLIC/LEGAL NOTICE LEGISLATION

There were a number of bills introduced this biennium that removed public notices from newspapers and newspaper websites, and permitted them to be placed on government websites instead. We met with the authors to discuss their proposals, and were successful in keeping any of them from being heard.  Here is a list of those bills:

  • Assumed names publication(SF376/Hall)
  • Sample ballots publication(SF 1500/Torres Ray/HF1753/Runbeck); County officers bill
  • League of Cities bill for all public notices(SF 166/Dahle/HF1679/Yarusso)
  • Requiring designation of qualified newspaper with highest circulation(SF1856/Goodwin/HF2008/Laine)

The National Association of Industrial Office Parks also again introduced their budget disclosure publication proposal that they have pursued for a number of years. They have been in communication with the Association about this proposal, and plan on working with us over the interim to address any concerns. It was introduced late in session, for consideration next year.

MORTGAGE  FORECLOSURE PUBLICATION(CHAPTER 14)

The Minnesota Bankers Association and Minnesota Bar Association approached the Association last fall to discuss possible changes to the mortgage foreclosure publication law in light of recent court cases that were using publication definitions in other sections of Minnesota law to overturn foreclosures, causing confusion as to where the publication of foreclosure notice under chapter 580 should occur. They were seeking to return certainty to the law to remove any possibility of a cloud on property titles.

The Association met with the bankers and bar association members dozens of times, and explored many options and alternative language to try and solve this problem. The Association took the initiative on the bill, and found authors, met with committee members, prepared support materials, and testified on the bill.  The language in Chapter 14 is the result of those efforts, and basically restores the law to conform to the practice of permitting the publication to occur in any paper in the county. It will hopefully bring some certainty back into the law.

UNCLAIMED PROPERTY PUBLICATION(SF1645/HF1693)

Rep. Joe Atkins took the initiative last year to ask the Department of Commerce for a list of his constituents who had unclaimed property being held by the state, and was able to successfully help a number of them recover over $300,000 in lost property. When we heard about this effort, we asked him if he’d be interested in authoring legislation that would hopefully bring more attention to the $650M being held by the state and help return it to owners. He agreed, and worked with us on the language that was introduced as HF 1693. The bill restored the annual newspaper publication of the unclaimed property list that was removed from law 10 years ago, required the Department to give every legislator a list of their constituents with unclaimed property and to also put the entire list on their own website instead of requiring a search by individual name, and permitted the department to hire two “finders” to actually look for property owners. It also required a report on the process to reclaim property once found.

The proposal passed all policy committees in the House and Senate, and was included in the Jobs Finance legislation that dealt with the Commerce department budget.  The conference committee conferees were unable to agree to final language on that bill because of other controversial provisions, and they instead passed a “lights on” only bill for those agencies one minute before midnight on the last night of session. The Governor chose to veto that bill, so it will be addressed during the special session, which may give us another opportunity to work on this issue.

DATA PRACTICES COMMISSION FUNDING (CHAPTER 77)

The 2014 Legislature passed legislation supported by the Association to create a  Legislative Commission on Data Practices and Personal Data Privacy. They met 8 times over the interim, and tackled such issues as license plate readers, body cameras, school data privacy, and drivers license records data.  Legislation was introduced this year to provide the commission with funding to expand the scope of their activities; that funding for $70,000 per year passed as part of the omnibus State Government Finance bill. The Commission sunsets on June 30, 2017.

INSURANCE FRAUD LEGISLATION/ACCESS TO TRAFFIC INCIDENT DATA (SF782/HF864)

An insurance fraud task force met monthly over the interim, and again drafted legislation to deal with a number of issues. One concern was the “ambulance chasing” marketing that accident victims are subject to immediately following an accident. The suggested remedy introduced in the senate and house bill would have made incident data private for 30 days following an accident, but granted access to the news media only. The Association met with the bill’s supporters to voice concern about this special rule for media access, and it was removed from the bill.

DATA PRACTICES/OPEN MEETING LAW LEGISLATION

The Association was successful in passing a number of provisions on data practices, including deficiency funding for the Office of Administrative Hearings due to hearings on data practice issues. We also amended a technical bill to clarify access to health data held by the Department of Health and Human Services, and supported a bill to remove some open meeting law exceptions in the MNSure program.

A number of initiatives that we actively opposed or didn’t support did not pass, including access to body camera data, closure of juvenile court hearings, access to birth records information, closure of meetings held by the Public Employees Relations Board,  and restrictions on the use of court funds to expand audio/video coverage in criminal proceedings.

Several bills that the Association supported were not heard this year, but remain alive for consideration next session, including legislation to make municipal power agencies subject to the open meeting law and data practices act, legislation to make townships subject to the data practices act, a bill to require additional disclosure of public employees personal data relative to complaints, charges, and settlements, and additional disclosure on teachers who resign or are terminated.

MISCELLANEOUS CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES/ELECTIONS, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS(CHAPTER 73; HF 43; HF 327)

The Association monitored a number of campaign finance provisions that were of concern. One of those provisions again changed our disclaimer law following several court rulings finding it unconstitutional; this did pass into law.  Another proposal would have significantly expanded the definition of electioneering communications to include any communication re: an elected official; this initiative did not pass.  There was also serious discussion on a proposed constitutional amendment re: privacy. MNA raised concerns that the legislation was not needed, and it did not pass.

In addition to the issues discussed above, we also monitored all introduced legislation for its impact on newspapers, public notice, and openness in government issues. There were approximately 2400 House bills and 2200 Senate bills introduced this year. 80 bills were sent to the Governor this session; he vetoed 3 of them and signed the others. All bills introduced this year remain alive for consideration in 2016.

The MNA legislative tracking list has been updated and is posted here. We will update it again once the Legislature completes the expected special session next month.

The Legislature does not return for its next regular session until March 8, 2016.  Following the special session, there should be some interim activity of interest to the Association, particularly with the expected work of the Data Practices Commission.

Thank you for the honor of representing MNA again this session – our 33nd year!! We do appreciate it! A special thanks to Lisa Hills and her staff for the incredible job they do in assisting our efforts, and for the great job all of you do contacting legislators when needed. Of course, none of our efforts would be successful without the indispensable guidance Mark Anfinson brings to the process.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Sandy Neren, Messerli and Kramer
Legislative Counsel

Click here to download this report, and view past reports.

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TEN spots left in the 2015 Pohlad Internship Program!


If you've been considering hiring a high school-aged intern through the Pohlad Internship Program, don't delay! There are approximately 10 spots left in the 2015 program. Internship grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your enrollment form in today!

This year is the 11th year of the Pohlad Internship Program. Thanks to a generous grant from the Pohlad Family Foundation, MNA is pleased to once again have the opportunity to provide members with a program that will help reduce the costs associated with hiring high school-aged summer in-terns. In 2014, we placed 65 interns at member newspapers.

How the program works:

  • You choose a high school student, age 16-19, who will work for your newspaper in any aspect of the business half-time for 10 weeks; recent high school graduates are eligible.
  • Complete an enrollment form stating that you will hire a high school intern and wish to participate in the Summer Youth Employment subsidy program. Forms are available on the MNA website, and can be submitted by mail, fax, or email.
  • College students and relatives of newspaper staff do not qualify for this program.
  • The Pohlad Family Foundation requires that newspapers pay a portion of the intern’s wage to ensure a strong commitment from the participants and recommends an hourly wage of $8.00/hour for interns participating in the program.

Download 2015 Program Application
Download Frequently Asked Questions

V
isit our website for more information and for a 2015 recap...

Fireworks Advertising Rules in MN


Here’s a short summary of the current state of the law, by MNA attorney Mark Anfinson.
 
The rule for fireworks is like that for most other products and services â€”if you can legally sell them, then you can legally advertise them. Some kinds of fireworks may lawfully be sold in Minnesota, mostly low grade varieties, including sparklers, snakes, glowworms, smoke devices, trick noisemakers, party poppers, string poppers, snappers, drop pops, and similar items. There is no question that they can be advertised.
 
But what about advertising from out of state fireworks merchants, such as those in Wisconsin and South Dakota? They sell items that are banned in Minnesota. May they advertise those products in Minnesota newspapers? The answer is almost certainly “yes,” based on a 1998 decision of the Court of Appeals. It concluded that the Minnesota statute prohibiting fireworks advertising is unenforceable under the First Amendment, so long as the fireworks being advertised can legally be sold where the sale occurs.
 
But despite the Court of Appeals decision, the statute remains on the books because it hasn't been repealed by the Legislature. It is therefore remotely possible that a local prosecutor would bring charges in response to an ad from out of state. While the charges would in all likelihood eventually be dismissed under the 1998 appellate ruling, that would require the expenditure of some attorney's fees. Therefore, each newspaper should make its own decision about accepting fireworks advertising from out of state vendors.

Congress Should Require the Postal Service to Report on the Quality of Rural Mail Service

Contact: Stan Schwartz, stan@nna.org

WASHINGTON—The National Newspaper Association has again called for measurement of on-time delivery of rural mail.

Appearing in a May 19 roundtable hosted by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, NNA Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel Tonda F. Rush said Congress should follow the maxim that “what gets measured gets done.” If the U.S. Postal Service is required to report on the quality of rural mail delivery, trouble spots of late mail service will be identified and can be addressed.

NNA’s postal concerns also were being represented at the National Postal Forum by Postal Committee Chair Max Heath and Interlink President Brad Hill, who serve on the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee.

Heath said senior postal executives invited discussion on ways to improve rural mail delivery. USPS has publicly recognized NNA’s petition for Service Hubs as the kick-starter for establishment of these new cross-docking platforms for some newspaper mail and mail entered by other mailers in sites where mail processing plants used to be. There are currently 46 hubs in operation. A total of 212 are expected by July 2015. Details of the operation will be laid out in Heath’s Postal Tips column in the June Publishers’ Auxiliary.

NNA President John Edgecombe Jr., publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, NE, said an alarming deterioration in rural mail service was being reported across the country.

“The Postal Service took a radical step when it began closing down the processing operations in smaller cities and moved them to the heart of urban America. Travel distances increased, traffic problems hampered the movement of postal trucks and the windows for accepting and processing mail began to shrink. It should surprise no one that people in small towns are getting their mail later. Readers of community newspapers have been particularly harmed by the changes. So, NNA is taking every possible step to get USPS to address the problems created by these closings,” he said.

Rush explained to the Senate committee that although USPS regularly reports on how well it achieves its service standards, the information is heavily weighted toward urban mail. Even so, USPS reported serious deterioration during the first quarter of 2015 for First-Class Mail that should have been delivered within three days. In many cities, the standard was achieved less than 60 percent of the time. The Postal Service has blamed bad weather across the U.S.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT, expressed his concern about a slowdown in service in his state.

“There was bad weather in the Northeast but in Montana, we were in shirt sleeves. There is always going to be bad weather somewhere,” he said.

Carper asked witnesses appearing at the Roundtable for one new idea each on how to help the Postal Service achieve financial stability.

“I think people in business will tell you it is always less expensive to keep a customer than to get a new one,” Rush responded. “The best place for the Postal Service to begin is to stop driving away the mail volume it already has. It has cut all the costs it can afford to cut. At this point, Congress is our only hope.”

NNA has asked Congress to move quickly on a bill that will relieve financial pressure on USPS by changing the requirement for prepayment of retiree health benefits. NNA also supports a proposal by postal worker groups to permit USPS to invest its funds in conservative private equities instead of only in the U.S. Treasury. The Thrift Savings Plan that provides retirement benefits for federal workers currently has limited private equity investment authority and is expected to provide a model for USPS investments.

Enter online in NNA's 2015 Newspaper And Education contest, sponsored by Kidsville News! 

NNA believes successful newspaper education partnerships should be celebrated. Use our Newspapers And Education contest to highlight newspaper/school partnerships (levels K through community college) that focus on developing fully informed citizens. Both traditional Newspaper In Education programs and non-traditional programs are eligible for entry.

The contest is open to NNA member and non-member newspapers. It will recognize newspapers that have established internships, supported school programs, assisted student journalists and helped local education through activities that reach beyond news coverage.
 
Entries must have been published or carried out between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.
 

Kidsville News!, a literacy and educational initiative based in Fayetteville, NC, has stepped up to sponsor this Newspaper And Education contest. We thank Kidsville News! for its generous support in helping us recognize the significant role newspapers play in supporting community educational programs.

Each of the contest’s 10 first-place winners will receive a check for $100 and an award certificate.

Here are the links you need to get started:

ENTER ONLINE (If you don’t have a login and password yet, click on Register.)
CONTEST RULES/INFO
 

Entries must be submitted by July 1, 2015Contest winners will be notified in July if they have won, and they will also be invited to accept their awards in person during NNA’s 129th Annual Convention & Trade Show, Oct. 1-3, 2015, in St. Charles, MO. 

From your NNA contests and awards staff, we wish you the best of luck in this year's contests! 

Questions? Contact Lynn Edinger at: 573-777-4982 or e-mail: diane@nna.org

MNA Public Notice Site Training

 
In 2014, MNA successfully launched mnpublicnotice.com an online clearinghouse – an aggregate collection – of Minnesota public notices. Many MNA-member newspapers are up and running on the site, posting public notices weekly - or more often - on the 
site.
 
At the MNA Convention, MNA Program Director Sarah Bauer lead two sessions for attendees, giving a tour of the site, and providing a hands-on tutorial of the notice-posting process. 

If you've just signed up or are interested in getting started, MNA will provide training and support. We are available to answer questions and walk you through the process of posting your notices. Please contact Sarah Bauer to set up training for you or your staff - there are a variety of options, in person, by phone or Google Hangout. 

Our goal is to have 100% participation by MNA member newspapers and we're getting closer every day. Please sign up today, or give us a call to learn more about the site.

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AP Style Crash Course

Thursday, June 18
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

The Associated Press wrote the book on style – literally. The AP Stylebook is the industry standard, used by thousands of newsrooms and considered the best guide for achieving clean, consistent copy across publications or sections. This course delves into the most common style points journalists should know. It is a good refresher for the seasoned journalist or guide for the new reporter.

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Getting the Best Out of Yourself and Your Sales Team

Thursday, June 25
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Like many managers, it is possible you fell into coaching. While you are energized by helping people become their best selves, you may have had a few challenges with training along the way.

This webinar will focus not on sales coaching, but on building the right foundation to make for a more successful sales employee and manager. National trainer Tom Stoyan will discuss sales philosophies and coaching tools that you can implement immediately.

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Quickly Create Slideshows and Galleries: A guide to working with YouTube

Friday, June 26
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

Having knowledge of how to quickly upload photos to the ever-growing list of platforms you use as a journalist is an extremely valuable skill. In this session, we will take a look at the features of YouTube.

During this program, you will learn how to:

  • Use YouTube for more than just video.
  • Quickly upload photos and galleries to your paper’s YouTube channel.
  • Create engaging slideshows and galleries.

Football Polls: Building Ad Revenue with an Engaging Sports Feature


Thursday, June 4
10:00 a.m.

About the program: 
Regina Kellers uses a football poll designed just for her paper's advertisers. During the football season, 12 advertisers can pick the game winners to receive a large ad on a specialty page that highlights all the advertisers involved as well as the local high school, the local college and the state professional football teams. The polls provide the Fayette County Record a guaranteed weekly revenue boost. 

Leading the Discussion: 
HOST - Stan Schwartz, National Newspaper Association 
GUEST STAR - Regina Kellers, Fayette County Record

Registration fee: $30Register by Monday, June 1
(Registrations submitted after this date are subject to a $10 late fee)

PUB AUX LIVE, featuring revenue-generating ideas for community newspapers, is brought to you by The National Newspaper Association, in partnership with the Iowa Newspaper Foundation.

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Kayser joins the Brainerd Dispatch
Zach Kayser recently joined the Brainerd Dispatch as a staff writer. Kayser covers state and national politics/government, including state and federal agencies and legislative bodies, for the Dispatch. He is a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris, with a double major in English and Spanish. He previously wrote for the Bemidji Pioneer and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. He grew up near Norwood Young America.

Star Publications purchases Herald
Last week, the owners of the Sauk Centre Herald purchased the Sauk Rapids Herald from Winnie Doroff. The Sauk Rapids newspaper will be part of the Sauk Centre-based Star Publications, owned by Dave Simpkins, Bryan Zollman, Mark Klaphake, Joyce Frericks and Jeff Weyer. The partners of Star Publications were negotiating to purchase the newspaper when publisher Rollie Doroff passed away. They then stepped in to help produce the newspaper until an agreement was met. Doroff began working at thenewspaper in 1953, and along with his wife, Winnie, went on to purchase the newspaper in 1970. "Rollie loved newspapering and he loved Sauk Rapids. I am very happy that we sold the newspaper to Star Publications. They will carry it forward," said Winnie Doroff. The Doroffs had four children - Gary, Steve, Lynne and Karen - that all grew up working in the newspaper. "I can remember proofreading the newspaper with Dad at our kitchen table. All of us children had a part in the newspaper and print work that Dad did," said Lynne Sernett. "The Herald was very intertwined in Sauk Rapids. Dad knew everybody and had a great relationship with the city/community officials like the mayors, police, fire departments and a lot of the community organizations. He believed in not just reporting on the community but being part of fhe community. "Dad was excited about Star Publications taking over the Sauk Rapids Herald because he felt they would carry on the tradition and history that is the Sauk Rapids Herald; this was important to him. Our family is happy to have completed Dad's vision on his behalf and we look forward to watching Star Publications carry it forward," said Sernett. Star Publications is made up of Bryan Zollman, editor; Mark Klaphake, general manager; Joyce Frericks, business manager; Jeff Weyer, sales manager and Dave Simpkins, Publisher; all of Sauk Centre.


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