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Frequently Asked Questions About the Minnesota Legislature

How many lobbyists are there? What is their role in lawmaking?

The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board's website provides a list of currently registered lobbyists in Minnesota.

Legislators are required to pass judgment on hundreds of topics each session, making it nearly impossible to keep abreast of all the complex issues. That's when they turn to the lobbyists—particularly ones who have provided reliable information in the past. And, because lobbyists represent so many varied interests, all sides of an issue are explored. In addition, testimony by the general public, who have taken time out of their busy schedules to come to a legislative hearing, is also an effective method of involvement in the legislative process.