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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 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

Session Daily Update
Tuesday, September 25 2018 1:55 PM
Watch: Live Event
• Review of House member resignations.
• Preparations for Election Directory.
• State Fair 2018 re-cap.

Joint meeting of the House Transportation Finance and Transportation and Regional Governance Policy committees
Tuesday, September 25 2018 2:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
• Safety and security on the Metro Transit system.
• Details on the agreement between the Met Council and the Twin Cities & Western Railroad (TCWR) in the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) corridor, and how this impacts the future operations budget for the Met Council.
• Hiring issues at Metro Transit and impacts to service and budget.

Session Daily Update
Wednesday, September 26 2018 9:25 AM
Watch: Live Event
Session Daily Update

MNLARS Steering Committee
Wednesday, September 26 2018 9:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
• Presentation by Department of Public Safety (DPS)/MN.IT of Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS) Steering Committee Report dated September 11.
• MNLARS Transaction Accuracy audit presentation by Office of the Legislative Auditor.
- Judy Randall, Deputy Legislative Auditor, and Scott Tjomsland, Audit Director.
• Request by agencies to shift funding from FAST Enterprises contract.
• Agency timeline of planned upgrades, anticipated ramp downs and staff reductions.
• Provide committee full list of the 127 items or more which are not completed for MNLARS, sorted into categories as to ease of accomplishment and level of complication.
• Provide detailed list of the planned two upgrades and status of specialty plate transfers capability.
• Limited driver’s license agent requirement to do background checks.
• Provide update on duplicate title processing capabilities for deputy registrar offices and fees received by deputy registrars to do duplicate title processing.
• Update on staffing levels for phone banks and email processing:.
- How many are contract workers vs DPS staff.
- Ally Business Solutions contract.
- How are these positions being funded.
• Feedback from affected groups.

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.
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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.

News and Notes


The 2019 Legislature is scheduled to begin Jan. 8 at noon. It must end by May 20.

 

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