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Legislative History Research   Tags: house of representatives, how-to, law, legislative history, politics, senate, state government  

A guide for researching the history of the Minnesota State Legislature.
Last Updated: May 24, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Legislative history research can be complicated, but researchers who follow a step-by-step process can find the materials available on any given bill or statute.  

These basic steps are:

  1. Identify the bill(s) that interest you by year and House or Senate file number.
  2. Use the House and Senate Journals to determine the action taken and which committees heard the bill.
  3. Locate and read the applicable committee minutes.
  4. Find the audio taped discussions of the bill (1991 and later).
  5. Research a companion bill from the opposite legislative body.
  6. Identify other potential sources of information.

Note: Original materials from 1998 and earlier are available at the Minnesota Historical Society Library, while those from after 1998 are held by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.  Many older materials are only available in their original paper formats.


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Guide Author

Jenny McElroy

Reference Associate

Minnesota Historical Society Library • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300

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