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Minnesota Legislative History - Location of Materials

Minnesota Statutes  Minnesota Session Laws  Journals  Bills
Legislative Committee Minutes  Audio and Video Recordings  Floor Logs
Additional Research Materials  Fee-Based Legislative History Research Services

Minnesota Statutes

Minnesota Session Laws

Journals

House Journal

Senate Journal

Bills

House Files (HF)

Senate Files (SF)

Legislative Committee Minutes

House Minutes

Print minutes are the official record and are generally more complete than the online minutes.

Senate Minutes

Print minutes are the official record and are generally more complete than the online minutes. Not all Senate committees produce committee minutes.

  • 2007-present (partial and unofficial): 2019-2020 | 2017-2018 | 2015-2016 | 2013-2014 | 2011-2012 | 2009-2010 | 2007-2008
    Note: Select the committee, then go to the "meetings" and select the "Committee schedule: Calendar." Select the date of the meeting. If the word "minutes" doesn't appear as a link in the schedule, that committee did not post minutes online.
  • 2005-2006: Digitally archived by the LRL
  • 1999-2018: Print at LRL
  • 1973-1988: Microfilm at LRL
  • 1911-1998: Print at MHS Library
  • 1883-1910: Print at MHS Library (Judiciary Committee only)

Audio and Video Recordings of Floor Debates and Committee Hearings

House Audio/Video

  • 2004-present: Complete audio for committee hearings (video coverage varies) and complete video coverage for floor sessions from House Public Information Services
  • 1991-2006: Archive of complete audio coverage from the LRL
  • 1998-2003: Video from House Public Information Services (coverage varied over time) 
  • To purchase a copy of a House video please contact House Public Information, 175 State Office Building; (651) 297-1338 - $12.50 per item produced.

Senate Audio/Video

Contact the Library if you have difficulty accessing the audio or video files.

  • 1991-2019: Archive of full audio coverage from the LRL
  • 2001-present: Archive of video (coverage varied over time) from the LRL
  • 2007-present: Audio and video from Senate Media
  • The Senate does not provide copies of audio/video.

Floor Logs

Floor logs are helpful if you are listening to floor debate as part of your legislative history work because they indicate the order of bills and general length of time for discussion.

House Logs

Senate Logs

Additional Research Materials

As a part of the legislative history research process, it can sometimes be fruitful to look at secondary sources.

Summaries

News

Clippings for Legislators by District Number

  • 2009-present: Online on Capitol computers in LRL's News Archive
  • 2000-2009: Print in LRL's file cabinets
  • 1972-1999: Microfilm at LRL

Fee-Based Legislative History Research Services

Please see the Minnesota Legislative History Research Guide for a list of additional research materials.

Library staff assistance should not be construed as a substitute for professional legal research aid.

For guides on how to do legislative history research, see LRL's Legislative History Step by Step and the MHS Legislative History Guide.

See also a one-page, printable PDF of this information.

  • Legislative Reference Library (LRL)
    645 State Office Building
    (651) 296-3398
    refdesk@lrl.leg.mn
  • Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) Library
    345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
    Reference Desk
    (651) 259-3300