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Minnesota Law Research Guide

Legislative History

The general goal of legislative history research is to find evidence of legislative intent for a particular statutory provision. It is a process of finding and examining evidence of legislative intent, such as statements made by legislators at various stages of the lawmaking process. It also involves tracking the progress of a pending bill through the legislative process.

For an introduction to the steps involved in researching Minnesota legislative history consult the following helpful guides: 

Legislative History Materials in the Law Library

Session Laws & Statutes

Journals of the Minnesota Legislature

Use to identify sponsors of bills, committees assigned to review bills, and dates of floor proceedings in the House and Senate.

Aside from the above publications, the Law Library has few Minnesota legislative history materials.

Locating Legislative History Materials Outside the Law Library

To determine the location of other legislative history materials (online and in other formats) consult the following online guide from the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library:


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