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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

WEDNESDAY: Session Daily Update
Wednesday, January 29 2020 1:55 PM
Watch: Live Event
Updates from the House

WEDNESDAY: Joint meeting of the House Corrections Division & House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance & Policy Division
Wednesday, January 29 2020 2:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Topic: The Future of Prison and Probation Funding.
Agenda:.
- Department of Corrections Discussion of Drivers of Prison and Probation Costs.
- Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties (MACCAC) and Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers (MACPO) Discussion of the Drivers of Probation Costs.

THURSDAY: Session Daily Update
Thursday, January 30 2020 12:55 PM
Watch: Live Event
Updates from the House

THURSDAY: House Housing Finance and Policy Division
Thursday, January 30 2020 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Informational overview from agencies and advocacy groups on the impact mental health conditions can have on individuals seeking secure and stable housing.

MONDAY: Session Daily Update
Monday, February 3 2020 12:55 PM
Watch: Live Event
Updates from the House

MONDAY: Joint meeting of the House Corrections Division & House Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division
Monday, February 3 2020 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Topic: The Impact of Incarceration on Children and Families.
Agenda:.
- Research Presentation on the Impact of Incarceration on Children and Families.
- Testimony on the Impact of Incarceration on Children and Families.
- Report from the Children of Incarcerated Families Workgroup.
- Commissioners’ Reports and Preview of Proposals.
* This is a joint informational hearing of the Corrections Division and Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division.
* No official committee action will take place.

FEBRUARY 6: Session Daily Update
Thursday, February 6 2020 12:55 PM
Watch: Live Event
Updates from the House

FEBRUARY 6: House Energy and Climate Finance and Policy Division
Thursday, February 6 2020 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
Minnesota's businesses leading on conservation and climate innovation.

The 2020 Regular Session of the Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Tuesday, February 11 2020 12:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
House Floor Session.

News and Notes

The 2020 session is scheduled to begin Feb. 11, 2020. The Legislature will be in recess for the Easter/Passover break from April 4-13, 2020.

Special elections

Special elections to fill vacancies in Districts 30A and 60A will be held Feb. 4. The openings are due to the resignation of Rep. Nick Zerwas (R-Elk River) and death of Rep. Diane Loeffler (DFL-Mpls).

Not running again

The following members have announced they will not seek re-election in 2020: Rep. Hunter Cantrell (DFL-Savage), Rep. Lyndon Carlson Sr. (DFL-Crystal), Rep. Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont), Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein (DFL-New Brighton), Rep. Tim Mahoney (DFL-St. Paul), Rep. Alice Mann (DFL-Lakeville), Rep. Duane Sauke (DFL-Rochester) and Rep. Jean Wagenius (DFL-Mpls).

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Resources

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For comparison

There were 2,921 House files introduced during the 2019 regular session; 2,722 in 2017; 2,379 in 2015; 1,862 in 2013; and 1,761 in 2011.