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Secretary of the Senate, Senate Desk

The Secretary of the Senate, Journal Production Office, works jointly with the Secretary of the Senate, Senate Desk preparing legislative agendas and calendars for distribution during Senate floor sessions. Completed work is recorded in the Journal of the Senate.   

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  The Senate conducts business following a set agenda as stated in the Guide to the Minnesota Senate under the section The Orders of Business, often referred to as the Daily Orders of Business. All agendas and calendars prepared for a legislative session are produced by the Journal Production Office.
 
Journal of the Senate   The Journal of the Senate is a record of Senate floor proceedings, prepared by the Secretary of the Senate, Senate Desk, Journal Production Office, that shows the official actions of the Senate during legislative floor sessions. Legislative actions are recorded and distributed for each legislative day, and compiled following a legislative session in a permanent publication. The journal is not a verbatim report, but does reflect the official actions taken by the Senate. For more information about the Journal of the Senate, visit the Frequently Asked Questions About the Minnesota Legislature, Journals.

 

The Secretary of the Senate, Journal Production Office, provides internal legislative production services to Senate members and employees and functions under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Rules and Administration, under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate. The Senate Journal Production Office works jointly with the Senate Desk and records legislative activities conducted during legislative session in the Journal of the Senate.   

The Journal Production Office performs the following duties:

  • Compiles and produces the daily Journal of the Senate, including an index to provide convenient lookup of bill action. Staff in the Journal Production Office input and index the copy received by Secretary of the Senate, Senate Desk, and prepare for duplication. The daily Journal of the Senate is available the next morning and distributed to Senate Members, internal offices, and Senate Information Office for public distribution.
  • Compiles and produces the permanent Journal of the Senate. The permanent journal is the permanent record of Senate proceedings. It is a compilation of all daily journals produced in a legislative session, excluding each daily index, carefully proofread for accuracy of content including legislative actions and roll call votes, and edited for form and style. The final version is reprinted and bound in hard copy as the permanent Journal of the Senate. It is distributed to Senate Members, internal offices, state offices, and libraries for public information.
  • Prepares agendas, general orders, and calendars for each legislative session day. The Senate conducts business following a set agenda as stated in the Guide to the Minnesota Senate, The Orders of Business. The Journal Production Office receives the desk copy from the Secretary of the Senate, Senate Desk, to produce the agendas and all calendars. Copies are distributed to every Senate Member, internal offices, and Senate Information Office for public distribution each legislative session day.

 

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.

 


Secretary of the Senate
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Linda Jackson
Director Journal Production
G11 Capitol
(651) 296-0161
 
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Scott Radunzel
Assistant Director Journal Production
G11 Capitol
(651) 296-4183
 

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