The Journal Production Office creates and publishes both the daily and permanent Journal of the Senate. Minnesota is a "journal entry state," which means that the Journal is the final authority used by the courts concerning actions of the Legislature and in determining legislative intent. The Senate is required by the Minnesota Constitution to record all votes cast on the Senate floor. The Journals also record attendance, bill introductions, committee reports, amendments to bills and reports of conference committees. In addition, it is the record of official communications between the Senate and House of Representatives and the Office of the Governor.
The Journal Production Office performs the following duties:
|Order of Business, Agendas and Calendars||The Senate conducts business following a set agenda, 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.|
|Linda Jackson||Director Journal Production||G11 Capitol||651.296.0161|