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
About the department
We meet our mission by providing services
in four main areas: Information and Outreach, Photography, Publications and
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.
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
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:
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
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
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2018 State Canvassing Board
Tuesday, November 27 2018 2:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
The State Canvassing Board will certify the official results report for the November 6, 2018 State General Election on November 27, 2018.
The State Canvassing Board will consist of:.
• Steve Simon, Secretary of State.
• Natalie Hudson, Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court.
• Paul Thissen, Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court.
• Ivy Bernhardson, Chief Judge, Fourth Judicial District Court.
• Elizabeth Cutter, Judge, Fourth Judicial District Court.
2019: Opening Day of 91st Session of the Minnesota Legislature
Tuesday, January 8 2019 12:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Minnesota Statute 3.011:.
The legislature shall meet at the seat of government on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January of each odd-numbered year.
When the first Monday in January falls on January 1, it shall meet on the first Wednesday after the first Monday.
Anticipated Opening Day events:.
• Members-elect take the oath of office.
• Election of speaker of the House.
• Election of chief clerk of the House.
• Election of other officers of the House.
• Adoption of Temporary Rules of the House.
The 2019 Legislature is scheduled to begin Jan. 8 at noon. It must end by May 20.
Did you know?
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Minnesota will be the only state with a divided legislature in the 2019-20 biennium. The last time there was only one divided state legislature in the country was 1914.
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