You can call, email, or write a letter to your legislator's office. Email is most effective if it is not a blanket mailing to all members. When sending an email, remember to include your name, postal address and phone number.
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The best way to get a legislator's attention is with a short, well-reasoned letter or email. Here are a few do's and don'ts on how to write an effective communication to your representative:
This is the proper way to address your letter:
Honorable (Full Name)
Minnesota House of Representatives
Room # State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155-1298
Honorable (Full Name)
Room # Capitol Building
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606
The salutation should read: Dear Rep. or Sen. (Surname):
Specific addresses for members of the Minnesota House of Representatives and members of the Minnesota Senate are available on the House and Senate web pages.
Here are a few more tips:
The House of Representatives member information page includes
Representatives' contact information as well as an excel spreadsheet, address labels, leadership information and more.
Senate member information includes senator contact information, district order and leadership lists, mailing labels and more.
Yes. Members of the general public are encouraged to testify before committees, though testimony may need to be arranged with committee staff prior to a scheduled hearing. Committees primarily focus hearings on particular bills, though occasionally they discuss issues of broad interest within the committee's jurisdiction. It's best not to come to testify at a committee hearing without first contacting the committee staff or your representative. Call House Public Information Services at 651-296-2146 or Senate Information 651-296-0504 to find the phone numbers for committee staff or to receive a standing committee schedule.
Here are 10 suggestions to make it easier to get involved:
Special needs accommodations such as sign language interpreters or large print materials can be arranged with advance notice. See Special Needs Access for details.
House Public Information Services has created a series of short videos about testifying before a committee.
The Legislative Publications web page links to free publications providing session information, mailing lists, fiscal information, reports, and Revisor's manuals and guides.
The green and red member directories are joint publications of the Minnesota House and Senate. The green book, or Members Directory, is published near the beginning of the first year of a biennial legislative session—usually in February. It contains pictures, biographical information, committee assignments and contact information for all 134 representatives and 67 senators. It also lists key House and Senate staff and certain joint offices. The red book, the Official Directory of the Minnesota Legislature, is published during the second year of the biennium. It contains additional information, such as the permanent rules of both the House and the Senate, joint rules, and statutory and constitutional provisions relating to the Legislature.
Green and red books are available at the House Public Information Services, Room 175, State Office Building and at the Senate Information Office, Room 231, State Capitol. Limited copies are mailed.
The blue book or Minnesota Legislative Manual, is published by the Secretary of State's Office. It includes detailed information about the three branches of government, constitutional officers, and election statistics for certain offices over the state's history, as well as detailed information from the most recent election. The book also contains the state constitution and a history of proposed constitutional amendments.
Copies of the blue book are available to the public, free of charge, in Room 180, State Office Building, or call 651-215-1440 to order one.
Session Daily, an online news source, is updated daily during session with the day's House actions, and when news from the House warrants.
To subscribe to Session Daily, call House Public Information Services at 651-296-2146 or 1-800-657-3550, or complete the online subscription form.
House Public Information Services and Senate Media Services provide unedited broadcasts of many legislative committee and all floor proceedings on the digital Minnesota Channel, which is carried by several public television stations around the state. Daily television coverage schedules are available online for the House and Senate.
Unedited live coverage of floor sessions and selected committee hearings is available for streaming over the Internet. Archives of this coverage are also available using Windows Media Player and RealPlayer. For more information on Internet streaming see the House television web schedule and Senate media coverage page.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disabled may contact the Senate and House via their preferred Telecommunications Relay Service.
Minnesota Relay Service is a free service that uses a specially trained communications assistant (CA) to facilitate the telephone conversations between a person who has a hearing loss or speech disability and the person with whom they wish to speak. All calls are confidential. To make a Minnesota Relay call dial 7-1-1.
In order to provide accessibility for meetings with legislators, legislative committee hearings, and House and Senate floor sessions, the Legislature contracts with Keystone Interpreting Solutions to provide legislative sign language interpreting services. Interpreting services are also available for hearings or meetings with legislators in Greater Minnesota.
To request legislative interpreting services, call 651-454-7275 (voice), or 612-840-7600 (text, FaceTime video), or
request by email.
Please make your request at least 24 hours before the service is needed. You may also request legislative interpreting services from the committee administrator or committee legislative assistant that is planning the committee meeting you want to attend.
You may also request legislative interpreting services by contacting the Legislative Coordinating Commission at 651-296-9002, at 651-296-1121, or at 651-296-0099.
For CART services, contact the Legislative Coordinating Commission at 651-296-9002, at 651-296-1121 or at 651-296-0099. Please make your request at least 24 hours before the service is needed.
The Minnesota Senate has sound reinforcement systems for use in Capitol Rooms 15, 107, 112, 123, 125, and the Senate Chamber. The systems, for the exclusive use of people who are deaf or hard of hearing, are available for the duration of a particular meeting and must be returned immediately following the meeting. Senate receivers may be signed out during normal business hours from the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, room G-1, Capitol Building. For meetings lasting beyond normal business hours, receivers are to be returned to the committee staff. Call the Sergeant-at-Arms at 651-296-1119 for further information.
The Minnesota House has sound reinforcement systems in the 10 hearing rooms in the State Office Building and in the House Chamber. The systems, for the exclusive use of people who are deaf or hard of hearing, are available for the duration of a particular meeting and must be returned immediately following the meeting. House receivers may be signed out during normal business hours from House Public Information Services, Room 175, State Office Building, and the Chief Clerk's Office, Room 211, State Capitol. For meetings lasting beyond normal business hours, receivers are to be returned to the committee staff. Call the House Public Information Services Office at 651-296-2146 for further information.
Yes. Here is a list of available services.
Audio and Video Archives
Media Services-Senate Audio Service
For information on getting copies of House audio recordings, contact:
House Public Information Services, 651-296-2146
Senate Supply, 651-296-5720.
If an individual wishes to listen to the recording
of a committee meeting or floor session, listening facilities are located in the
Legislative Reference Library, 651-296-8338, Room 645, State Office Building.
Approval and coordination of special events and public rallies within Capitol Complex buildings and grounds is managed by the Department of Administration. Events and rallies will continue during the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project.
No, there is not a bulk email list available for Minnesota legislators. While email is an effective way to contact your representative or senator, it is best to address your concerns to the legislators that represent you.
Every member of the Legislature has an email address based on the member's name. For example, Representative Jane Doe's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Senator John Doe's email address is email@example.com.
To find out a specific member's email address, you can look several places. The House and Senate websites have pages for each member that includes his or her email address (Members of the House of Representatives and Minnesota Senators). The Official Directory of the Minnesota Legislature (often referred to as "the red book") and the Members Directory ("the green book") contain contact information, including email addresses, for all legislators. To receive a free copy of the red or green book, or to ask a member's email address, call either House Public Information Services at 651-296-2146 or Senate Information at 651-296-0504.
You can search for House bills or Senate bills by topic from 1995 to the present from the Bills page. Click on the link for the
Search House Bills
or for the
Search Senate Bills
for a search form. The keyword option allows you to search with keywords or phrases. You can also search by topics assigned to each bill from the
House Bill Information—Topic Search
page or from the
Senate Bill Information—Topic Search page.
How to Follow a Bill
is a helpful online guide to the process. For further information on this topic, see the Bills section of this FAQ.
If you do not have Internet access, there are public terminals in the Legislative Reference Library on the sixth floor of the State Office Building. The House and Senate Index Offices also track the status of current bills. They can help you find a particular piece of legislation. Call House Index at 651-296-6646 or Senate Index at 651-296-2887. To receive a copy of the bill once you locate it, call the Chief Clerk's Office in the House at 651-296-2314 or Senate Information at 651-296-0504.
Contact House Public Information Services in Room 175, State Office Building at 651-296-2146 or the Senate Information Office, Room 231 State Capitol at 651-296-0504 to learn who represents you in both the House and the Senate.
For additional resources, including searchable databases, see Who Represents Me? and the Geospatial Information Services website.
To schedule a press conference or reserve a Senate or House hearing room, contact the Senate Sergeant at Arms at 651-296-0866 or the House Speaker's Office at 651-296-0306. Due to the capitol restoration project, there is limited public use of capitol spaces. The rotunda is unavailable for use at this time. For more information about access to capitol spaces contact the Department of Administration at 651-201-2300.
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