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Frequently Asked Questions About the Minnesota Legislature

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1. What is a conference committee?

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2. How are committee chairs selected? How are members assigned to committees?

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3. How many members are on each committee? How many committees may each member serve on?

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4. What is the purpose of a committee? What actions can committees take?

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5. May I testify at a committee hearing?

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6. How can I find the laws governing the Legislature?

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7. Must every bill receive a committee hearing?

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8. Are committee hearings open to the public?

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9. Are there any legislative calendar deadlines?

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10. How do I find out about committee hearings?