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Frequently Asked Questions About the Minnesota Legislature

How can I find the law on a particular subject?

Laws of a general and permanent nature having statewide application in Minnesota are coded in Minnesota Statutes. Use the Statutes topical index to look for statutes on a particular subject.

Special acts and certain other legislation are found only in the Session Laws of the year in which enacted (For example, see the "resources" box on the right-hand side in the 2017 Regular Session Laws for local laws enacted). Use the Laws search to look for laws on a particular subject.

Rules and regulations of state departments and agencies are found in Minnesota Administrative Rules and the Rules topical index helps identify relevant rules.

The combined index allows you to search the Statutes and Rules indexes together, and the document search allows you to search across state statutes, laws, and rules in one interface.

In addition, federal laws apply in Minnesota, and local ordinances and regulations apply in certain municipalities and jurisdictions.