ARTICLE II - BILLS
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
Bills shall refer to Minnesota
Statutes as follows:
"Minnesota Statutes ..........,
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
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