Senate Information serves as a first contact or central information office for the Senate. Staff handle a wide array of telephone and in-person inquiries ranging from providing the status of Senate bills to explaining the Permanent Rules of the Senate. Questions that can't be directly answered are referred to an office that can, such as the proper state agency, constitutional office or federal entity. Senate Information is also responsible for the production and the distribution of Senate publications. The office has counter computers for the public to obtain up-to-date bill information. Session Notes is published shortly after floor session adjourns for the day and provides unofficial details of the day's actions. Office staff provide a variety of outreach opportunities, including speaking to groups about the legislative process and organizing a booth at the Minnesota State Fair.
The Information Office performs the following duties:
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.|
|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.|
|October- End of Session||Administers the Senate College Internship Program.|
|Wendy Dwyer Bagley||Director Information Office||231 Capitol||651.296.4340|
|Charley Shaw||Public Information Officer||231 Capitol||651.296.2887|
|John Trombley||Assistant Director Information Office||231 Capitol||651.296.5101|