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ARTICLE II - BILLS

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2.01 The title of each bill shall clearly state its subject and briefly state its purpose. When a bill amends or repeals an existing act, the title shall refer to the chapter, section or subdivision. Reference shall be made to Minnesota Statutes for the provisions appearing therein unless reference to previous session laws is required for some special reason.

 

Bills shall refer to Minnesota Statutes as follows:

"Minnesota Statutes .........., section .........."

 

Bills shall refer to the session laws as follows:

"Laws .........., chapter .........., section .........."

 

A bill for the amendment of a statute shall contain the full text of the section or subdivision to be amended as it appears in the latest edition of Minnesota Statutes unless it has been amended, in which event it shall contain the full text as amended.

 

The words and characters constituting the amending matter shall be inserted in the proper place in the text and underscored. The words and characters to be eliminated by the amendment shall be stricken by drawing a line through them. The text of a new section or subdivision shall also be underscored when a bill amends an existing chapter or section by adding a new section or subdivision. In the omnibus appropriation bills required by Joint Rule 2.02, sections making an appropriation or transfer and not amending a statute or session law need not have new material underscored. Before a committee favorably reports upon a bill, the chair of the committee shall see that the bill conforms to this rule. When a bill is printed in the Journal, the new matter shall be underscored and the matter to be eliminated shall be stricken by drawing a line through it.

 

A bill drafted by the Revisor of Statutes for the purposes of correcting errors in Minnesota Statutes need not comply with the provisions of this paragraph if the bill is labeled "REVISOR'S BILL" immediately below the title, and if there is attached thereto a memorandum of information explaining the reasons for the bill.

 

If the bill is for an original law and not for an amendment of an existing law, the sections and subdivisions shall be arranged, subdivided, and numbered in like manner as Minnesota Statutes.

 

If such a bill assigns to the sections thereof headnotes or identification by the decimal system of numbering used in Minnesota Statutes, such headnotes and decimal identification may be submitted by standing committee chairs to the Revisor of Statutes for examination. Any such headnotes shall be in bold face, and shall be subject to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, section 645.49.

 

All numbers in titles shall be expressed in figures. All numbers of section or chapter of law shall be in figures. In the body of a bill numbers in excess of ten shall be in figures, except for a special reason they may be written, but when written they shall not be followed by numbers or parentheses.

 

A bill may include or be accompanied by a table of contents.

 

A bill that repeals a statute may include or be accompanied by an appendix containing the full text of the section or subdivision repealed.

 

A bill containing a constitutional amendment may only contain the statutory language and changes necessary to conduct the constitutional election and to implement the constitutional amendment, should it pass. Extraneous statutory changes or additional topics may not be included in a bill proposing a constitutional amendment.

 

Joint Rule 1.10
Joint Rule 2.02
Index of Joint Rules

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