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DFL Caucus, Research

The Senate Minority Research Office provides communication, research, and other services related to serving DFL members and their constituents.

Town Hall Meetings and Press Releases   Click on the name of any DFL Senator in the Minnesota Senate Members - Alphabetical List (DFL) to find announcements of Town Hall Meetings held in your community or Press Releases issued by a Senator regarding legislative issues and concerns.

 

Senate Minority Research provides three important services for DFL State Senators: Research, Media and Constituent Services. Staff members are assigned specific issue areas to follow as a researcher and are considered the internal experts on that issue for DFL Senators and staff, providing background information for constituent inquiries. Staff members are also assigned a number of DFL Senators to provide a wide range of media services. The office Director reports to the Minority Leader.

Senate Minority Research provides information to constituents of DFL Senators.
Examples of specific functions and services provided include:

  • Research: Researchers attend committee hearings in their research areas and work closely with the DFL members of the various committees. Our internal research analyses are designed exclusively for DFL Senators and staff. We provide DFL Senators with the impact of proposed legislation, the pros and cons of implementation, and background information indicating the impact on our constituencies.
  • Media: Senate Minority Research provides DFL Senators a wide range of media services including press releases, news advisories, speeches, setting up press conferences, recording radio actualities, television/cable programming, photography services and graphic design. A daily News Digest linked to state political news is distributed electronically to DFL Senators and staff.
  • Constituent Services: Our office responds to constituent inquiries, assisting DFL Legislative Assistants in answering letters from constituents.
Date timeline Description
 
July 1 State fiscal year begins each year, and in odd-numbered years, state fiscal biennium begins.
July through December Groundwork is laid for upcoming legislative session. Ongoing budget activity, budget-related events, trends, and issues are analyzed for their fiscal policy implications. Budget divisions, committees, and legislative commissions hold special meetings to examine pending issues.
End of November Department of Finance issues November Forecast of state revenues and expenditures.
Beginning of January Legislature convenes, begins official budget hearings and committee hearings to discuss pertinent issues and bills. Staff drafts bills and amendments upon request of Senators.
Fourth Tuesday in January in odd-numbered years, or third Tuesday in February, if a new governor has just been elected Governor issues detailed budget for following biennium.
Mid February Governor issues detailed budget and policy bills for the next biennium.
End of February Department of Finance issues February Forecast of state revenues and expenditures.
March to June Legislature finishes committee and budget hearings, bills are debated and voted on in floor sessions, and conference committees meet to finalize bills. Governor signs or vetoes legislation.
Monday following third Saturday in May Constitution mandates end of regular session.

 


Minority Caucus
Staff List red diamond image Organized by Name
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Staff Member red diamond image Title Room and Building red diamond image Phone
 
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Ellen Anderson
Media Relations Specialist
G300 MSB
(651) 296-3521
 
B
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Krista Broton
Director Research
G300 MSB
(651) 296-7423
 
Charley Bruce
Researcher
G300 MSB
(651) 296-1113
 
C
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Jacque Clinton
Legislative Assistant
G300 MSB
(651) 296-4113
 
E
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Danna Elling
Researcher
G300 MSB
(651) 296-7089
 
G
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Gloria Gunville
Researcher
G300 MSB
(651) 296-9271
 
J
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Craig Janezich
Researcher
G300 MSB
(651) 296-7425
 
Megan Johnson
Researcher
G300 MSB
(651) 296-7422
 
M
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Ryan Majerus
Researcher
G300 MSB
(651) 296-0178
 
W
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Jackie Wegleitner
Assistant Research Director
G300 MSB
(651) 296-0475
 

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