The daily journals, compiled by the Chief Clerk of the House and the Secretary of the Senate for their respective bodies, are the official records of legislative proceedings. The state constitution requires that the journal contain a record of all roll call votes. The journals 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 two bodies, messages from the governor and protests filed by members.
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. Therefore it is very important that the journal be complete and accurate.
The daily journal is printed at the end of each day's session and is made available online to members, staff and the public before the next day's session. Electronic versions of House Journals (since 1994) and Senate Journals (since 1996) are available on the Legislative website. The House and Senate journals are compiled into permanent publications following a legislative session.
It is a compilation of all the daily journals placed in one bound volume. The appropriate offices in the House and the Senate proofread, correct, index, and certify the journals before printing them in their permanent forms.
The permanent Journals of both the House and Senate are distributed to Senate and House members and staff, to depository libraries, constitutional offices, and some state offices.
Print copies of current session Journals are available to the public at the Secretary of the Senate's Office counter and the front desk of the House Chief Clerk's Office.
In addition, electronic versions of House Journals (since 1994) and Senate Journals (since 1996) are available on the Legislative website.
The Legislative Reference Library has current and historical printed Journals available for public use.
Some Journals from previous years are available for reference on a limited basis in the Senate Information Office, Room 231 State Capitol and Senate Index, Room 110 State Capitol and in the House Public Information Services, Room 175 State Office Building.
No. They are free. For more details, please see the FAQ: Where do I find Journals of the House and Senate?