Behind the Scenes at the Capitol 2018 @ Lansing

Date/Time: Sept. 20, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join MASB’s Government Relations Team for a behind-the-scenes look and hands-on advocacy training at the State Capitol. Board members who participate will hear from Capitol insiders on what they consider to be the most effective ways to work with your legislators, change their opinions and be effective citizen advocates.

The event will take place in the Mackinac Room in the House Office Building in Lansing starting at 8:45 a.m. Space is limited to 75 participants. Contact MASB Government Relations if you have any questions.

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Cost: $105

Location: House Office Building
Mackinac Room
124 N Capitol Ave
Lansing, MI 48933

Due to construction at the Capitol, the majority of sessions will be held in the House Office Building. Please wear comfortable shoes for walking over to and around the Capitol to visit both the House and Senate sides.


8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Registration
8:45 – 9 a.m. Welcome: Introduction & Overview
Jennifer Smith, MASB Director of Government Relations and Mitch Albers, MASB Assistant Director of Government Relations
9 – 10 a.m. Legislator Panel
Reps. Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township), Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods) and Gary Howell (R-North Branch), as well as Sen. Judy Emmons (R-Sheridan) 
Moderated by John Tramontana, MASB Director of Communications, PR & Marketing
10 – 10:15 a.m. Break and Head to the Capitol
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Senate Floor Tour With Sen. Judy Emmons
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. House Floor Tour With Rep. Donna Lasinski
10:45 – 11 a.m. Break and Head Back to House Office Building

11 – 11:40 a.m.

Lobbyist Panel
Bob Kefgen, Director of Government Relations, MASSP, Chris Glass, Director of Legislative Affairs, West Michigan Talent Triangle and David Ladd, Lobbyist, Kelly Cawthorne

Moderated by MASB Staff

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Advocating
Legislators representing attendees have been invited
12:30 – 1 p.m. What Have We Seen/What Did We Miss? Discussion and Q & A
Jennifer Smith, MASB Director of Government Relations and Mitch Albers, MASB Assistant Director of Government Relations
1 p.m. Adjourn
Optional: Self-guided tour of Capitol
1:30 p.m. Optional: Guided Tour of Capitol

Billing Policy: A $25 fee will be added per attendee to any balance due as of the date of the class/event.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be in writing. A $25 cancellation fee will be charged for any and all cancellations. Substitutions are accepted in lieu of a cancellation. No refund one week from event.

MASB reserves the right to CANCEL all classes with fewer than 15 participants. Classes may be rescheduled due to weather. Registration and attendance at, or participation in MASB's conferences, CBAs and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to MASB's use and distribution of the attendee's image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events.

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