Be a voice for your city at the 2024 City Day on the Hill!

city day on the hill 2023

Minnesota cities achieved many goals at the Capitol during the 2023 legislative session in which 74 new chapters became law. However, there is more work to be done as we continue to advocate for cities’ legislative priorities in 2024.

Please join the League of Minnesota Cities for the 2024 City Day on the Hill on Thursday, March 7, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. to help ensure your city’s voice is heard during the 2024 legislative session.

Attend City Day on the Hill to:

  • Advocate for cities’ legislative priorities.
  • Learn about important legislative issues impacting cities, including housing, emergency medical services (EMS), capital investment, and other key priorities.
  • Engage with state policymakers about many legislative proposals and their potential impacts on cities.

Attendees are encouraged to meet with their legislators at the Capitol during the afternoon. The agenda will allow for attendees to meet with their legislators between 1:30-4 p.m. (bussing from the venue to the Capitol is provided). Arrange meetings with your legislators now to ensure you have a meeting scheduled before the legislative session begins.

Register today!

Agenda

9-9:30 a.m.
Welcome and check-in

9:30-9:35 a.m.
Welcome remarks from LMC President and Nisswa City Administrator Jenny Max

 9:35-10:30 a.m.
House and Senate leaders panel
Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park), House Minority Leader Lisa Demuth (R-Cold Spring), Senate Majority Leader Erin Murphy (DFL-St.Paul) (invited), and Senate Minority Leader Mark Johnson (R-East Grand Forks).
Moderator: Jake Loesch, Citizens League executive director

10:30 a.m.
Remarks from Governor Walz (invited)

11-11:15 a.m.
Break

 11:15-12 p.m.
The Complexities and Solutions to Solving Minnesota’s Housing Shortage
Rep. Michael Howard (DFL-Richfield) and Sen. Lindsey Port (DFL-Burnsville), chairs of the House and Senate housing committees
Moderator: Daniel Lightfoot

12-12:15 p.m.
Break & grab box lunch

 12:15-1 p.m.
Legislative update from the League’s IGR team
Topics will include housing, EMS, infrastructure funding, and other city priorities.

1 p.m.
Remarks from League Executive Director Luke Fischer and dismissal to Capitol

1:30-4 p.m.
Meetings with legislators
Capitol Hill – Please note that attendees are responsible for scheduling their meetings with legislators. Bussing to and from the Capitol will be provided.

 4-6 p.m.
Evening reception
Return to DoubleTree by Hilton St. Paul Downtown to network with legislators, city officials, and League staff.
DoubleTree by Hilton St. Paul Downtown’s Town Square Ballroom

Event Details

Thursday, March 7, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton St. Paul Downtown

Lodging Information

DoubleTree by Hilton St. Paul Downtown
411 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-291-8800
Room rate: $149
You can make a reservation online or by contacting the hotel directly. To receive the special room rate via phone, ask for the League of Minnesota Cities (group code 929) block when making reservations.

Make your reservations by Feb. 11, 2024, for the conference rate.

Who Should Attend?

Mayors, council members, and city administrators/managers.

Fee

$125
$99 for cities with a population of less than 2,500

Requesting Meetings with Legislators

Wondering how to set up a meeting with your legislators? Follow these simple steps: 

  1. If you don’t know who your legislators are, you can type in your city hall address in the Who Represents Me? website and it will generate their contact information. 
  2. You can then call or email them to request a meeting. Some sample language:  
    1. “Hello Rep. or Sen. ______, I am _____. I am a constituent and I work for the city of ______ as a (position). On Thursday, March 7th, I will be at the Capitol as a part of the League of Minnesota Cities’ City Day on the Hill. I am requesting a 30 minute meeting between the time of 1:30-4 p.m. to discuss issues impacting our district and cities. I can be reached at (provide email and phone number). Thank you.”
  3. If you have trouble reaching any of your legislators and arranging a meeting, please contact Ted Bengtson at tbengtson@lmc.org or 651-281-1242.
  4. NOTE: Some larger cities fall within multiple legislative districts. You can check this by going to this page for representatives and this page for senators. On those pages, type “ctrl+f” and type in the name of your city. If it generates more than one result, you have multiple legislators and are encouraged to arrange meetings with each.