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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


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


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 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 Subcommittee on Workplace Safety and Respect
Monday, March 26 2018 9:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
Expert testimony:.
- Steven Smith, Nichols Kaster.
- Ellen Sampson, formerly with Stinson Leonard Street.
- Tina Marisam, University of Minnesota Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office.
- Laura Kushner, League of Minnesota Cities.
- Kiesha Mayes, UnitedHealth Group.
- Emma Denny, Halunen Law Firm.
- Kelly Jeanetta, Kelly A Jeanetta Law Firm, LLC.
Minnesota Management and Budget testifying on the January "Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy and Procedures Report".

House Ways and Means Committee
Monday, March 26 2018 10:15 AM
Watch: Live Event
Discussion regarding governor's supplemental budget recommendations.
- Commissioner Myron Frans and Minnesota Management and Budget staff.
Overview of Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.
- Commissioner Mary Tingerthal and MHFA staff.
HF2739 (Hertaus) Wayzata; US Highway 12 designated as Officer Bill Mathews Memorial Highway.
HF2908 (Wills) Rosemount; US Highway 52 designated as Warrant Office Dennis A Groth Memorial Bridge.
HF2967 (Lohmer) Collection of information on the connection between pornography and sex trafficking required, and authorized penalty assessment expanded to include additional crimes.
HF3232 (O'Neill) Solar energy incentive program modified.
HF3371 (Fenton) Criminal penalties established for peace officers who have sexual relations with persons in custody.
* Bills may be heard in any order.
* It may be necessary to recess and reconvene after session.

House Legacy Funding Finance Committee
Monday, March 26 2018 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF4048 (Mahoney) Saint Paul; Phalen Park Chinese garden funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF3489 (Hausman) Bell Museum of Natural History funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF2415 (Bliss) Veterans' Voices radio programing funding provided, and money appropriated.
HF4168 (Gunther) Parks and Trails Fund restoration evaluation requirements modified.
HF4167 (Gunther) Land acquisition with money from the Outdoor Heritage Fund requirements modified.
Minnesota Public Television Legacy presentation.
Historical Society presentation.

House Veterans Affairs Division
Monday, March 26 2018 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Minnesota Historical Society presentation on Fort Snelling proposal.
Department of Veterans Affairs presentation on Minneapolis Veterans Home Building 22 dedication.
Minnesota Management and Budget presentation on state efforts to recruit, hire and retain veterans.
Department of Employment and Economic Development presentation on veterans hiring programs.
Veterans Defense Fund presentation.
Veterans Journey Home presentation.

Session Daily Update
Monday, March 26 2018 3:25 PM
Watch: Live Event
Representative Steve Green (R-Fosston) discusses his bill criminalizing the misrepresentation of service animals.

House Floor Session
Monday, March 26 2018 3:30 PM
Watch: Live Event
HF2982 (Hamilton) University of Minnesota agricultural research data classified.
HF3418 (O'Driscoll) Motor vehicle service contract requirements changed.
HF3157 (Green) Misrepresenting an animal as a service animal made a crime.

News and Notes

The 2018 Legislature must adjourn by May 21, 2018.

Bill Introductions


Committee deadlines set

House and Senate leadership have set the following deadlines for committees to complete their business this session:

• Thursday, March 22 — Committees must to act favorably on bills in the house of origin.

• Thursday, March 29 — Committees must to act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other body.

• Friday, April 20 — Committees must act favorably on major appropriation and finance bills.

The deadlines do not apply to the House Capital Investment, Taxes, Ways and Means, or Rules and Legislative Administration committees, nor the Senate Capital Investment, Finance, Taxes or Rules and Administration committees.

Easter/Passover recess

The Legislature will be in recess for the Easter/Passover holidays from March 30-April 8, 2018. Legislative activity may resume at 8 a.m. April 9.

Members not seeking re-election

The Legislative Reference Library has a list of House members not seeking re-election in 2018. 

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