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Frequently Asked Questions About the Minnesota Legislature

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?

You can search for House bills or Senate bills by topic from 1995 to the present from the Bills page. Click on the link for the Search House Bills or for the Search Senate Bills for a search form. The keyword option allows you to search with keywords or phrases. You can also search by topics assigned to each bill from the House Bill Information—Topic Search page or from the Senate Bill Information—Topic Search page.

How to Follow a Bill is a helpful online guide to the process. For further information on this topic, see the Bills section of this FAQ.

If you do not have Internet access, there are public terminals in the Legislative Reference Library on the sixth floor of the State Office Building. The House and Senate Index Offices also track the status of current bills. They can help you find a particular piece of legislation. Call House Index at 651-296-6646 or Senate Index at 651-296-2887. To receive a copy of the bill once you locate it, call the Chief Clerk's Office in the House at 651-296-2314 or Senate Information at 651-296-0504.