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Legislative History Research: Step 4: Recordings

A guide for researching the history of the Minnesota State Legislature.

What are the Legislature's audio recordings?

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

How can I access the recordings?

House and Senate Audio Files, 1991-2003:

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.  

Note: You will need to use the Journals and Committee Minutes to get the committee names and exact dates of hearings for your bill (See Step 2 and Step 3).

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) 

Recordings Links

Gale Family Library • Minnesota Historical Society • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300
Currently open by appointment only.