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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

House Subcommittee on Workplace Safety and Respect
Monday, April 23 2018 9:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
MN House of Representatives Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment revisions.
R17 Resolution on Workplace Safety and Respect.

House Rules and Legislative Administration Committee
Monday, April 23 2018 11:30 AM
Watch: Live Event
Calendar for the Day: April 25, 2018.

Session Daily Update
Monday, April 23 2018 12:55 PM
Watch: Live Event
Session Daily Update

House Floor Session
Monday, April 23 2018 1:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
CALENDAR FOR THE DAY.
HF3389 (Scott) Child support modification presumptions modified.
HF3833 (Schomacker) Financial exploitation protections provided for older and vulnerable adults.
HF2743 (Smith) Actions for damages based on services or construction to improve real property regulated, and limitation on actions provided.
HF3280 (Lueck) Wild rice water findings established and listing authorized, application of water quality standards nullified and restricted, report required, and money appropriated.
HF817 (Loonan) Interference or attempted interference with point-of-sale terminals, gas pump dispensers, and automated teller machines crime established.

House Ways and Means Committee*
Monday, April 23 2018 5:00 PM
Watch: Live Event
* Committee will meet approximately 5:00 p.m., or at the call of the Chair after Floor Session.
HF3638 (Nornes) Omnibus Higher Education Finance bill.
HF4328 (Loon) Omnibus Education Finance bill (pending referral).
- It is the Chair's intention to move to amend the language of HF3638 (Nornes) onto HF4328 (Loon).

TUESDAY: House Taxes Committee
Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
HF4385 (Davids) Individual income, corporate franchise, property, sales and use, estate, tobacco, and other tax provision various modifications made (Omnibus Tax bill.)

TUESDAY: House Floor Session*
Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
* The start time of Tuesday's Floor Session has not yet been set.
CALENDAR FOR THE DAY.
HF2391 (Franson) Health savings and medical savings accounts regulated; and asset protection provided.
HF1415 (Albright) Fantasy sports authorized and regulated, and money appropriated.
HF3548 (Miller) Agricultural transportation hours of service requirements modified.
HF3552 (Smith) Residential use definition under the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act modified.

TUESDAY: House Ways and Means Committee*
Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:15 AM
Watch: Rebroadcast
* Start time is approximately 10:15 a.m., or at the call of the Chair after Floor Session.
HF2856 (Johnson, B.) Omnibus Public Safety and Security Finance bill.
HF4167 (Gunther) Omnibus Legacy Finance bill.
Items may be added to the agenda.
- The deadline for amendments to HF2856 is Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m.
- Please send amendments via email to Committee Administrator, Harry Kennedy, at harry.kennedy@house.mn

WEDNESDAY: House Floor Session*
Wednesday, April 25 2018 10:00 AM
Watch: Live Event
* The start time of Wednesday's Floor Session has not yet been set.
CALENDAR FOR THE DAY to be determined.

News and Notes


The 2018 Legislature must adjourn by May 21, 2018.

Bill Introductions

HF4439-HF4450

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.

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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