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Frequently Asked Questions About the Minnesota Legislature

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1. What is a bill?

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2. What is a resolution?

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3. How do I find information about a bill if I don't know the bill number, bill author or anything else other than a general topic?

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4. Who can draft a bill?

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5. What is the process for introducing a bill?

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6. Is unrelated legislation permitted to be attached to bills? Who decides what is germane?

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7. What is an omnibus bill?

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8. Are there rules governing bills that can be introduced in each body?

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9. What happens when a bill has passed one body but not the other?

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10. Is a bill dead if it fails on final passage?

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11. What is a veto?

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12. What are line-item and pocket vetoes?

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13. Is there a limit to the number of bills a governor can veto?

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14. Must every bill receive a committee hearing?

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15. Is there a timeline for the governor to sign bills?

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16. Are there any legislative calendar deadlines?

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17. Can the Legislature override the governor's veto? Is there a limit to that privilege?

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18. What happens to bills remaining on the various calendars at the end of the first session of a biennium?

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19. How do I find bills on a particular subject that were passed in a previous session?

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20. Where can I read an old bill?