Committee minutes contain only highlights of the proceedings concerning a bill, but the tape recordings are a direct record of a committee's discussions. The quality of the tapes is often poor and not all sessions were recorded.
Only audio recordings from 1991 and after still exist.
As of October 29, 2018, the Legislative Reference Library has digitized 29,000 House and Senate audio tapes spanning the years 1991-2003. All of this audio is available for online browsing and streaming via this database.
Any questions about access to these digitized recordings? Call (651-296-8338) or email the Legislative Reference Library.
House and Senate Audio Files, 2004 to present:
Senate floor and committee recordings (2001 onward)
House floor and selected committee recordings (1998 onward)