The Basics

Many of the links on this page are to websites with more complete information.What is the structure and function of the Minnesota Legislature?

Our government is divided into three distinct branches: executive, legislative and judicial. In addition, there are three levels of government: local, state and federal. This system is designed to ensure "checks and balances" so no single group can dominate any other group.

What is the difference between a law, an act, a statute and a rule?

Being familiar with terminology is essential in understanding how the legislative process works.  Specifically, knowing the difference between a law, an act, a statute and a rule can be very helpful.

The basics about bills

Learn about resolutions, how bills are introduced, and the process that is involved before they reach the Governor's desk.

How a bill becomes a law in Minnesota

Learn how bills are drafted, what happens if the bill is not passed, or if it is vetoed.

Information about precinct caucuses

A caucus is a meeting organized by political parties where citizens can discuss which candidates their party will support in the next general election and what public policy positions to adopt as part of the party's platform.

Glossary of Legislative terms and definitions.