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Frequently Asked Questions About the Minnesota Legislature

Are there specific services for people who are blind or visually impaired?

Yes. Here is a list of available services.

  • Signs. Raised numbers identify legislative offices and rooms in the Minnesota Senate Building and State Office Building. In addition, Braille signs are installed throughout both buildings to assist those who are visually impaired. The elevators in both buildings are equipped with control signs in Braille.
  • Large print. Some of the printed material handed out in committees may be enlarged on the copying machines used by the Legislature. For assistance, contact: Legislative Coordinating Commission, 651-296-1121, Room 72 State Office Building.
  • Readers. Readers for printed materials can be arranged upon request. Advance notice is necessary to insure timely assistance. For assistance, contact: Legislative Coordinating Commission, 651-296-1121, Room 72 State Office Building.
  • Recorded Meetings. Committee, commission meeting, and floor session are recorded. Audio recordings from 1991 to the present are available on the Minnesota Legislature's website.

    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. The Senate does not provide copies of audio/video.

    If an individual wishes to listen to the recording of a committee meeting or floor session, public computers are located in the Legislative Reference Library, 651-296-8338, Room 645, State Office Building.

  • Screen Readers. Screen reader software is installed on some public access computers in the Legislative Reference Library, Room 645, State Office Building (JAWS and NVDA) and the Legislative Reference Library, Room 3238, Minnesota Senate Building (NVDA).