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Minnesota Session Laws--Tally and Printed Page Count, 1973 - Present

The Legislative Reference Library tracks many statistics related to the legislature, including the number of laws enacted each session. There has been a steady decline in the number of laws enacted in the years since flexible sessions were put in place in 1973.  (Prior to 1973, the Legislature met every other year, making the the number of laws less comparable.)

However, in looking at the number of pages in the published version of Minnesota Session Laws since 1973, it appears that though the number of pages of laws has fluctuated, the number of pages hasn't declined in the same way as the number of laws enacted.  Additionally, the average number of pages per law has increased over the same period of time.

This analysis doesn't control for all variables.  Font size in printed volumes of Session Laws isn't always consistent, which may affect page count.

The page count for 2017 will not be available until the 2017 Session Laws are published in late summer.

Average: 3; Year: 1973 Average: 2; Year: 1974 Average: 3; Year: 1975 Average: 4; Year: 1976 Average: 3; Year: 1977 Average: 3; Year: 1978 Average: 3; Year: 1979 Average: 5; Year: 1980 Average: 7; Year: 1981 Average: 5; Year: 1982 Average: 6; Year: 1983 Average: 7; Year: 1984 Average: 8; Year: 1985 Average: 8; Year: 1986 Average: 8; Year: 1987 Average: 6; Year: 1988 Average: 10; Year: 1989 Average: 10; Year: 1990 Average: 8; Year: 1991 Average: 10; Year: 1992 Average: 9; Year: 1993 Average: 10; Year: 1994 Average: 13; Year: 1995 Average: 10; Year: 1996 Average: 14; Year: 1997 Average: 15; Year: 1998 Average: 11; Year: 1999 Average: 9; Year: 2000 Average: 13; Year: 2001 Average: 9; Year: 2002 Average: 16; Year: 2003 Average: 10; Year: 2004 Average: 18; Year: 2005 Average: 12; Year: 2006 Average: 16; Year: 2007 Average: 12; Year: 2008 Average: 17; Year: 2009 Average: 10; Year: 2010 Average: 14; Year: 2011 Average: 10; Year: 2012 Average: 19; Year: 2013 Average: 15; Year: 2014 Average: 25; Year: 2015 Average: 12; Year: 2016 Average: 25; Year: 2017 Laws: 783; Year: 1973 Laws: 583; Year: 1974 Laws: 437; Year: 1975 Laws: 348; Year: 1976 Laws: 454; Year: 1977 Laws: 342; Year: 1978 Laws: 343; Year: 1979 Laws: 278; Year: 1980 Laws: 383; Year: 1981 Laws: 278; Year: 1982 Laws: 375; Year: 1983 Laws: 283; Year: 1984 Laws: 327; Year: 1985 Laws: 169; Year: 1986 Laws: 410; Year: 1987 Laws: 315; Year: 1988 Laws: 355; Year: 1989 Laws: 255; Year: 1990 Laws: 344; Year: 1991 Laws: 233; Year: 1992 Laws: 356; Year: 1993 Laws: 257; Year: 1994 Laws: 255; Year: 1995 Laws: 187; Year: 1996 Laws: 246; Year: 1997 Laws: 148; Year: 1998 Laws: 245; Year: 1999 Laws: 244; Year: 2000 Laws: 220; Year: 2001 Laws: 186; Year: 2002 Laws: 154; Year: 2003 Laws: 159; Year: 2004 Laws: 172; Year: 2005 Laws: 113; Year: 2006 Laws: 140; Year: 2007 Laws: 192; Year: 2008 Laws: 157; Year: 2009 Laws: 204; Year: 2010 Laws: 106; Year: 2011 Laws: 152; Year: 2012 Laws: 145; Year: 2013 Laws: 168; Year: 2014 Laws: 83; Year: 2015 Laws: 107; Year: 2016 Laws: 89; Year: 2017 Pages: 2463; Year: 1973 Pages: 1455; Year: 1974 Pages: 1623; Year: 1975 Pages: 1402; Year: 1976 Pages: 1447; Year: 1977 Pages: 1248; Year: 1978 Pages: 1288; Year: 1979 Pages: 1621; Year: 1980 Pages: 2738; Year: 1981 Pages: 1585; Year: 1982 Pages: 2620; Year: 1983 Pages: 2237; Year: 1984 Pages: 2772; Year: 1985 Pages: 1363; Year: 1986 Pages: 3667; Year: 1987 Pages: 2032; Year: 1988 Pages: 3571; Year: 1989 Pages: 2560; Year: 1990 Pages: 2916; Year: 1991 Pages: 2443; Year: 1992 Pages: 3462; Year: 1993 Pages: 2756; Year: 1994 Pages: 3405; Year: 1995 Pages: 1888; Year: 1996 Pages: 3471; Year: 1997 Pages: 2261; Year: 1998 Pages: 2805; Year: 1999 Pages: 2401; Year: 2000 Pages: 2901; Year: 2001 Pages: 1732; Year: 2002 Pages: 2558; Year: 2003 Pages: 1592; Year: 2004 Pages: 3211; Year: 2005 Pages: 1403; Year: 2006 Pages: 2328; Year: 2007 Pages: 2339; Year: 2008 Pages: 2762; Year: 2009 Pages: 2226; Year: 2010 Pages: 1563; Year: 2011 Pages: 1655; Year: 2012 Pages: 2770; Year: 2013 Pages: 2553; Year: 2014 Pages: 2157; Year: 2015 Pages: 1370; Year: 2016 Pages: 2265; Year: 2017
Average: 2 Average: 3 Average: 3 Average: 4 Average: 6 Average: 7 Average: 8 Average: 7 Average: 10 Average: 9 Average: 10 Average: 11 Average: 14 Average: 10 Average: 11 Average: 13 Average: 16 Average: 14 Average: 13 Average: 12 Average: 17 Average: 18 Laws: 1366 Laws: 785 Laws: 796 Laws: 621 Laws: 661 Laws: 658 Laws: 496 Laws: 725 Laws: 610 Laws: 577 Laws: 613 Laws: 442 Laws: 394 Laws: 489 Laws: 406 Laws: 313 Laws: 285 Laws: 332 Laws: 361 Laws: 258 Laws: 313 Laws: 190 Pages: 3918 Pages: 3025 Pages: 2695 Pages: 2909 Pages: 4323 Pages: 4857 Pages: 4135 Pages: 5699 Pages: 6131 Pages: 5359 Pages: 6218 Pages: 5293 Pages: 5732 Pages: 5206 Pages: 4633 Pages: 4150 Pages: 4614 Pages: 4667 Pages: 4988 Pages: 3218 Pages: 5323 Pages: 3527

Session Laws Tally and Page Count

YearSessionRegular Session Laws EnactedPages in Regular Session LawsSpecial SessionsTotal Special Session LawsTotal Special Session PagesTotal LawsTotal Pages in Regular & Special SessionAverage Pages per Law
201991st0NA0NA0NANA
201890th100NA0NA100NANA
201790th821010Special Session 1: Laws= 7; Pages = 1255
7125589226525
201689th107137000107137013
201589th771608Special Session 1: Laws= 6; Pages = 549
654983215726
201488th168255300168255315
201388th1442768Special Session 1: Laws= 1; Pages = 2
12145277019
201287th1501631Special Session 1: Laws= 2; Pages = 24
224152165511
201187th94665Special Session 1: Laws= 12; Pages = 898
12898106156315
201086th2022009Special Session 1: Laws= 1; Pages = 203
Special Session 2: Laws= 1; Pages = 14
2217204222611
200986th157276200157276218
200885th192233900192233912
200785th1382301Special Session 1: Laws= 2; Pages = 27
227140232817
200684th113140300113140312
200584th1641974Special Session 1: Laws= 8; Pages = 1237
81237172321119
200483rd159159200159159210
200383rd1311263Special Session 1: Laws= 23; Pages = 1295
231295154255817
200282nd1831710Special Session 1: Laws= 3; Pages = 22
32218617329
200182nd2081033Special Session 1: Laws= 12; Pages = 1868
121868220290113
200081st244240100244240110
199981st245280500245280511
199880th1452227Special Session 1: Laws= 3; Pages = 34
334148226115
199780th2353135Special Session 1: Laws= 5; Pages = 281
Special Session 2: Laws= 3; Pages = 27
Special Session 3: Laws= 3; Pages = 28
11336246347114
199679th187188800187188810
199579th2523100Special Session 1: Laws= 3; Pages = 305
3305255340513
199478th2562729Special Session 1: Laws= 1; Pages = 27
127257275611
199378th3503007Special Session 1: Laws= 6; Pages = 455
6455356346210
199277th233244300233244310
199177th34429160034429168
199076th255256000255256010
198976th3533264Special Session 1: Laws= 2; Pages = 307
2307355357110
198875th31520320031520326
198775th4053632Special Session 1: Laws= 5; Pages = 35
53541036679
198674th1661100Special Session 1: Laws= 3; Pages = 263
326316913638
198574th3091548Special Session 1: Laws= 18; Pages = 1224
18122432727728
198473rd28322370028322378
198373rd37526200037526207
198272nd2721485Special Session 1: Laws= 3; Pages = 49
Special Session 2: Laws= 2; Pages = 13
Special Session 3: Laws= 1; Pages = 38
610027815856
198172nd3692363Special Session 1: Laws= 5; Pages = 227
Special Session 2: Laws= 6; Pages = 13
Special Session 3: Laws= 3; Pages = 135
1437538327387
198071st27816210027816216
197971st3401193Special Session 1: Laws= 3; Pages = 95
39534312884
197870th34212480034212484
197770th45414470045414473
197669th34814020034814024
197569th43716230043716234
197468th58314550058314552
197368th78324630078324633