Minnesota House Research Department was established by the Minnesota House of Representatives
in 1967 to provide research and legal services to the Minnesota House and its members and
committees. The work of the department focuses on services for legislative
decision-making, helping House members and committees develop and evaluate government policies and laws. The department is an agency
of the House of Representatives as a whole.
Minnesota House Research Department is nonpartisan: its services are available to all members of the House. The department
strives to be politically neutral and impartial on issues.
Minnesota House Research Department serves as counsel to the
Ethics Committee. The department also maintains
publications related to ethics issues.
The Minnesota Constitution assigns responsibility for the disciplining of a
member of the House of Representatives to the body of members, acting together. The Ethics Committee receives complaints about
member behavior from the members, under oath. The Committee deliberates and may recommend actions to be considered by the
House, as a body.
The Minnesota House Research Department role as committee counsel prevents House Research from working with other members
or the public on complaints regarding member behavior. The Ethics Committee deliberations are confidential, as is any advice
given by a House Research staff member.
Office email (Recommended during the interim)
House Research Department155 State Office BuildingSt. Paul, MN 55155