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Frequently Asked Questions About the Minnesota Legislature

What is a legislative day?

Minnesota law currently defines a legislative day as one on which either the House or Senate is in session. Committee activity alone does not constitute a legislative day. A legislative day begins at 7 a.m. and continues until 7 a.m. of the following calendar day.

The Legislature changed the definition of a legislative day in 2023 (see Minnesota Statutes 3.012). The change goes into effect January 13, 2025. 

For sessions convening on or after January 13, 2025, "a legislative day is a day when either house of the legislature gives any bill a third reading, adopts a rule of procedure or organization, elects a university regent, confirms a gubernatorial appointment, or votes to override a gubernatorial veto."

A legislative day will still begin at 7 a.m. and continue until 7 a.m. of the following calendar day.