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Mission Statement

The mission of Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services department is to provide credible and timely nonpartisan services that inform the general public of legislative actions, educate the public about the legislative process, and encourage public participation in the Minnesota Legislature.

About the department

We meet our mission by providing services in four main areas: Information and Outreach, Photography, Publications and Television.

Information and Outreach

House Public Information Services serves as the general information contact point for the House of Representatives. Answers to hundreds of questions are provided weekly to the public, such as who their representatives are, what district they live in, when and where legislative meetings are held, the status of bills and where to find how members voted on specific legislation. Services include:

  • Workshops and presentations to organizations regarding the House
  • Schedules of committee hearings and floor sessions
  • A committee call line with recorded committee schedules
  • A House of Representatives booth at the Minnesota State Fair
  • Educational materials about the Legislature and the legislative process


Photography

House Public Information Services photographers document House activities, including floor sessions, committee hearings, press conferences and special events. They accept assignments from House political caucuses, staff and other departments. Services provided by the photographers include:

  • House member "official" and candid photographs
  • Photographs of members with constituents who come to the State Capitol
  • Photographs for a variety of printed and online publications


Publications

Publication staff produces a variety of publications for all ages that cover issues before the Legislature; provide education about the legislative process; and offer information for those who want to participate in the process. Some of the publications produced include:

  • Legislative directories and rosters of elected officials
  • Session Daily-electronic alerts when news from the House warrants
  • Alerts through Facebook and Twitter when news from the House warrants
  • Nonpartisan news releases regarding new laws and other general House information


Television

Television staff provides video coverage of select House activities. Streaming online is an important way for residents to access live video of significant happenings at the House. Services provided include:

  • Live and taped unedited coverage of floor sessions and select committee hearings
  • Coverage of issue-oriented press conferences and special events
  • Video interviews with House members
  • Broadcast, cable, mobile and Internet delivery of all programming
  • Educational programming available on-demand
  • Access to video archives

House Public Information Services seeks to serve as an informational resource for the public, legislators and staff.


Nonpartisan Code of Ethics

House Public Information Services staff are public servants and have obligations and responsibilities to the general public, legislators and fellow staff members. Responsibilities are expected to be performed with the highest level of integrity and honesty.
House Public Information Services staff should be mindful that the public views them as representatives of the Legislature as an institution. In keeping with their responsibility to build and uphold the public's trust, staff should provide accurate, useful and timely information.
House Public Information Services staff should always be vigilant to avoid any conflicts of interest that may interfere with the work of the institution or be contrary to the nonpartisan mission of the department. (The following are examples of conduct that could impair a staff member's nonpartisan status: serving as a campaign official for a candidate for partisan political office, writing a letter to the editor in support of or in opposition to a candidate for partisan political office, acting as a spokesperson for a special interest group or performing freelance work in partisan political activities.)
Because of the position of responsibility, House Public Information Services staff are expected to uphold the law and all applicable regulations. Resources should always be used for the public good, not private gain.
This code is intended to supplement existing policies under which House staff members are employed. These guidelines do not constitute any legal obligation. These guidelines are subject to periodic review by the House Public Information Services director.

Adapted from National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and NCSL Legislative Information and Communications Staff guidelines

Live Video


Event Schedule

House Floor Session - part 2
Thursday, March 30 2017 12:49 PM
Watch: Live Event
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORTS.
Conference Committee Report on HF5 (Davids/Dahms) Premium subsidy program data practices regulated, state-operated reinsurance program created, and money appropriated.
CALENDAR FOR THE DAY.
HF4 (Davids) Omnibus Tax bill.
HF888 (Fabian) Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Finance bill.

House Ways and Means Committee *
Thursday, March 30 2017 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
* No start time has been listed for this meeting; it will meet at the call of the Chair.
Amendment to the House Budget Resolution.
SF2214 (Bud Nornes) Omnibus Higher Education and Career Readiness Finance bill.

FRIDAY: House Floor Session - part 1 *
Friday, March 31 2017 10:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
* The start time for Friday's House Floor Session has not been set.
* It is anticipated the House will come in to session, then recess to the call of the Chair.

FRIDAY: House Floor Session - part 2 *
Friday, March 31 2017 12:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
* The time of reconvening is unknown as the House is anticipated to be in recess to the call of the Chair.
CALENDAR FOR THE DAY.
HF861 (Torkelson) Omnibus Transportation Finance bill.
HF890 (Loon) Omnibus Education Finance bill.

MONDAY: House Floor Session *
Monday, April 3 2017 10:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
* The start time for Monday's House Floor Session has not been set.
CALENDAR FOR THE DAY.
HF140 (Erickson) Teacher licensing system restructured, Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board established, all teacher licensing and support personnel licensing and credentialing authority transferred to the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board, rulemaking provided, and report required.
SF803 (Cornish) Ominbus Public Safety and Security Finance bill.

News and Notes


Bill Introductions

HF2563-HF2564

Committee deadlines

The 2017 committee deadlines are:

  • March 10 — committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin;
  • March 17 — committees must act favorably on bills, or companion bills, that met the first deadline in the other house; and,
  • March 31 — committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.
Stay informed

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Follow that bill

You can follow bills throughout the legislative process by signing up for MyBills, a personalized way to track House and Senate bills by number. Find more information on how to follow House and Senate bills here

Resources

Want to contact your U.S. representative, the governor or a state agency? Click here for a roster of federal and state contacts. 

 
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