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About the House Public Information Services Office

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

Conference Committee on SF959 (Hansen/Ingebrigtsen) Omnibus environment and natural resources policy and finance bill
Thursday, May 13 2021 5/13/2021 9:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
SF959 (Hansen/Ingebrigtsen) Omnibus environment and natural resources policy and finance bill.
Review of House offer.
Discussion on the Minnesota Zoo and other various provisions.


Conference Committee on SF958 (Sundin/Westrom) Omnibus agriculture and broadband finance bill (Start time is now 11 a.m., or at the call of the Chair)
Thursday, May 13 2021 5/13/2021 11:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
(Start time is now 11 a.m., or at the call of the Chair).
SF958 (Sundin/Westrom) Omnibus agriculture and broadband finance bill.
Adoption of compromise language.


Conference Committee on SF970 (Mariani/Limmer) Omnibus judiciary and public safety policy and finance bill
Thursday, May 13 2021 5/13/2021 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
SF970 (Mariani/Limmer) Omnibus judiciary and public safety policy and finance bill.
Further discussion of House position.

Conference Committee on SF975 (Bernardy/Tomassoni) Omnibus higher education policy and finance bill
Thursday, May 13 2021 5/13/2021 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
SF975 (Bernardy/Tomassoni) Omnibus higher education policy and finance bill.
Update on American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 funding.
*Agenda items may be added or removed.


House Floor Session
Thursday, May 13 2021 5/13/2021 4:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF600 (Winkler) Omnibus cannabis bill.


FRIDAY: House Floor Session*
Friday, May 14 2021 5/14/2021 4:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
*The time of convening has not yet been set.
HF809 (Huot) Identity theft crime technical change made.
SF1284 (Davnie) Checking account requirements modified.
SF1807 (Hollins) Mortgage and deed of trust temporary exception sunset extended.
SF443 (Edelson) Registered predatory offender status disclosure required to hospice provider.
SF1091 (Haley) Lake City; port authority commission establishment permitted.


SATURDAY: House Redistricting Committee
Saturday, May 15 2021 5/15/2021 8:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
Introductions.
Introductory overview of redistricting and timelines:.
- Matt Gehring, House Research.
Discussion of moving forward - interim activity.


SATURDAY: House Floor Session*
Saturday, May 15 2021 5/15/2021 10:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
*The time of convening has not yet been set.
SF1712 (Nelson, M.) Omnibus pension and retirement bill.
HF2360 (Murphy) Department of Corrections claim settlement provided, and money appropriated.
HF1671 (Nelson, M.) County competitive bidding modified.
SF1047 (Hansen) Electric cogeneration activity power purchase agreement authorized.
SF1354 (Winkler) Modifying requirements for a noncompliant driver's license or Minnesota identification card and making related changes, including on eligibility, proof of lawful presence, documentation, and data practices.


News and Notes

Bill Introductions: HF2617-HF2622

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