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The Secretary of the Senate, Senate Information Office, services the public with information about the Minnesota Senate.   

Publications   The Secretary of the Senate, Information Office, issues, compiles and distributes publications providing an overview or summary of the legislative process and procedural operations within the Senate. View a list of Senate and other legislative publications.
 
Senate College Internship Program   The Minnesota Senate provides an education program designed to provide the opportunity for secondary education students to learn the legislative process. Participating Minnesota colleges and universities grant college credit to a student working for a Senator. The internships vary in length because of differing college requirement and the differing needs of individual Senators.
 
Annual Minnesota State Fair Event   Each year the Senate administers a booth at the Minnesota State Fair. Staff assist public in identifying their district and legislators, answer inquiries regarding the legislature and legislative process, and demonstrate new and existing technology features.

 

The Secretary of the Senate, Information Office, provides legislative information and production services to public and Senate members and employees. The Senate Information Office functions under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Rules and Administration, under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate.

The Senate Information Office distributes information produced by the Senate Index Office, Journal page references produced by Senate Journal Production Office, and Senate Publications materials produced by Senate Publications Office.

Other services include helping members of the public identify their legislators and answering general questions about the Legislature. In addition, staff members direct requests for information about other state departments and federal agencies to the appropriate sources.

In addition, the Senate Information Office helps administer public relations functions on behalf of the Senate. These include the coordination and supervision of the Senate's State Fair booth, participation at the Education Minnesota annual conference, as well as the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Legislators' Back to School Program.

The Senate College Internship Program functions under the jurisdiction of the Senate Informatiion Office.

The Information Office performs the following duties:

Servicing Minnesota Citizens
The Senate Information Office provides toll-free telephone numbers to enable citizens of the metropolitan area and Greater Minnesota to obtain general information about the Minnesota Senate. The Senate is committed to making the legislative process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need assistance accessing the Senate website or other documents using a Teletypwriter (TTY) machine, please contact us at the numbers provided.
  Metropolitan Area Telephone
  Public Inquiries: 651.296.0504
  Greater Minnesota Telephone, toll-free
  Public Inquiries: 888.234.1112
  TTY: 800.627.3529 Toll-Free or dial 7-1-1 on a machine
 
Special Needs Access
Please refer to the Special Needs Access topic in the Frequently Asked Questions About the Minnesota Legislature publication provided by the Legislative Reference Library.
 
Legislative Inquiries
Public inquiries about the legislative process are accommodated by telephone, email, or in person.

Information can be obtained regarding the Minnesota Legislation and Bill Status or references within Minnesota Statutes, Sessions Laws and Administrative Rules on the Minnesota Legislative website.

Paper copy of bills, journals, and other legislative documentation are also available.

Assistance is provided regarding Minnesota Legislators and Legislative Districts. Specific information about your Minnesota Senator is available on the Minnesota Senate website.
 
Publications
Minnesota Senate publications, including directories, are available in paper copy from the Senate Information Office. Many publications are also now available on the Minnesota Senate and legislative websites. Some publications are listed in the Legislative Materials Available to the Public available in Portable Document Format (*.PDF)
 
Programs and Events
The Senate Information Office administers:

 

 

Date timeline Description
   
Year Round Distributes printed legislative literature, serves the public with inquiries
August - September Administers the Senate booth at the Minnesota State Fair
September - October Administers the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Legislators' Back to School Program
Year Round Administers the Senate College Internship Program

 


Secretary of the Senate
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Scott Magnuson
Director Information Office
231 Capitol
(651) 296-7198
 
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Charley Shaw
Public Information Officer
231 Capitol
(651) 296-2887
 
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John Trombley
Assistant Director Information Office
231 Capitol
(651) 296-5101
 

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