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The Senate conducts legislative business procedures as stated in the Rules of the Senate and Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives. The Secretary of the Senate ensures parliamentary procedures are followed. To learn more, visit Frequently Asked Questions About the Minnesota Legislature, search the FAQ database for rules or visit the topic Procedures (Parliamentary).

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Rules of the Senate History
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2013 Permanent Rules of the Senate (PDF Document) 88th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 60 on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, the Temporary Senate Rules, as amended, were adopted as the Permanent Senate Rules for the 88th Legislative Session (2013-2014).
 
2013 Temporary Rules of the Senate (PDF Document) 88th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 2 on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, the Permanent Senate Rules for the 87th Legislative Session (2011-2012), as amended, were adopted as the Temporary Senate Rules for the 88th Legislative Session (2013-2014) until the adoption of permanent rules for the 88th session.
 
2011 Permanent Rules of the Senate (PDF Document) 87th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 47 on Thursday, March 3, 2011, the Temporary Senate Rules, as amended, were adopted as the Permanent Senate Rules for the 87th Legislative Session (2011-2012).
 
2011 Temporary Rules of the Senate (PDF Document) 87th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 2 on Tuesday, January 4, 2011, the Permanent Senate Rules for the 86th Legislative Session (2009-2010), as amended, were adopted as the Temporary Senate Rules for the 87th Legislative Session (2011-2012) until the adoption of permanent rules for the 87th session.
 
2009 Permanent Rules of the Senate (PDF Document) 86th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 65 on Monday, March 30, 2009, the Temporary Senate Rules, as amended, were adopted as the Permanent Senate Rules for the 86th Legislative Session (2009-2010). Senate Resolution No. 103 adopted May 17, 2009, amended Rule 10.5 (rotation of committee chairs). Senate Resolution 198 adopted May 15, 2010, amended Rule 7 (budget targets), Rule 12.12 (no executive branch personnel or lobbyist at committee table), Rule 23.4 (one member may request a roll call in Committee of the Whole), and Rule 36.11 (debate on conference committee report).
 
2009 Temporary Rules of the Senate (PDF Document) 86th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 2 on Tuesday, January 6, 2009, the Permanent Senate Rules for the 85th Legislative Session (2007-2008), as amended, were adopted as the Temporary Senate Rules for the 86th Legislative Session (2009-2010) until the adoption of permanent rules for the 86th session.
 
2007 Permanent Rules of the Senate (PDF Document) 85th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 32 on February 1, 2007, the Temporary Senate Rules, as amended, were adopted as the Permanent Senate Rules for the 85th Legislative Session (2007-2008).
 
2007 Temporary Rules of the Senate (PDF Document) 85th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 2 on Wednesday, January 3, 2007, the Permanent Senate Rules for the 84th Legislative Session (2005-2006), as amended, were adopted as the Temporary Senate Rules for the 85th Legislative Session (2007-2008) until the adoption of permanent rules for the 85th session.
 
2005 Permanent Rules of the Senate 84th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 45 on March 3, 2005, the Temporary Senate Rules, as amended, were adopted as the Permanent Senate Rules for the 84th Legislative Session (2005-2006).
 
2005 Temporary Rules of the Senate 84th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 2 on Tuesday, January 4, 2005, the Permanent Senate Rules for the 83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004), as amended, were adopted as the Temporary Senate Rules for the 84th Legislative Session (2005-2006) until the adoption of permanent rules for the 84th session.
 
2004 Permanent Rules of the Senate (PDF Document) 83rd Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 59, on March 4, 2004, the Temporary Senate Rules, as amended, were adopted as the Permanent Senate Rules for the 83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004).
 
2004 Temporary Rules of the Senate 83rd Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 4, on Thursday, January 9, 2003, the Permanent Senate Rules for the 82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002), as amended, were adopted as the Temporary Senate Rules for the 83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004) until the adoption of permanent rules for the 83rd session. Senate Resolution No. 67, adopted April 16, 2003, amended Rule 45 (comparison and substitution of bills). Senate Resolution No. 85, adopted February 2, 2004, amended Rule 9 (standing committees).
 
2003 Temporary Rules of the Senate 83rd Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 4, on Thursday, January 9, 2003, the Permanent Senate Rules for the 82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002), as amended, were adopted as the Temporary Senate Rules for the 83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004) until the adoption of permanent rules for the 83rd session. Senate Resolution No. 67, adopted April 16, 2003, amended Rule 45 (comparison and substitution of bills).
 
2001 Permanent Rules of the Senate (PDF Document) 82nd Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 71, on March 5, 2001, the Temporary Senate Rules, as amended, were adopted as the Permanent Senate Rules for the 82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002).
 
2001 Temporary Rules of the Senate 82nd Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 2 on Wednesday, January 3, 2001, the Temporary Senate Rules for the 81st Legislative Session (1999- 2000), as amended, were adopted as the Temporary Senate Rules for the 82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002) until the adoption of permanent rules for the 82nd session.
 
1999 Temporary Rules of the Senate 81st Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 2 on Tuesday, January 5, 1999, the Permanent Senate Rules for the 80th Legislative Session (1997- 98) were adopted as the Temporary Senate Rules for the 81st Legislative Session (1999- 2000) until the adoption of permanent rules for the 81st session.
 
1997 Permanent Rules of the Senate 80th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 25, on March 3, 1997, the Temporary Senate Rules, as amended, were adopted as the Permanent Senate Rules for the 80th Legislative Session (1997-1998).
 
1995 Permanent Rules of the Senate 79th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 54 on April 27, 1995, Journal page 2978, the Temporary Senate Rules, as amended, were adopted as the Permanent Senate Rules for the 79th Legislative Session (1995-1996).
 
1994 Permanent Rules of the Senate 78th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Resolution No. 34 on May 3, 1993, Journal page 3440, the Temporary Senate Rules, as amended, were adopted as the Permanent Senate Rules for the 78th Legislative Session (1993-1994). A report of the Committee on Rules and Administration, adopted by the Senate March 2, 1994, Journal page 6291, amended Rule 71 (privilege of reporters).

Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives
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2013-2014 Temporary Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives 88th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 1 by the Senate on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, and by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 8 , 2013, the Temporary Joint Rules for the 87th Legislative Session (2011-2012) were adopted as the Temporary Joint Rules for the 88th Legislative Session (2013-2014), to be effective until the adoption of Permanent Joint Rules by the Senate and House of Representatives.
 
2011-2012 Temporary Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives 87th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 1 by the Senate on Tuesday, January 4, 2011, and by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 4 , 2011, the Temporary Joint Rules for the 86th Legislative Session (2009-2010) were adopted as the Temporary Joint Rules for the 87th Legislative Session (2011-2012), to be effective until the adoption of Permanent Joint Rules by the Senate and House of Representatives.
 
2009-2010 Permanent Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives 86th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 6 by the Senate on Monday, April 6, 2009, as amended by the House of Representatives on Thursday, April 2, 2009, the Temporary Joint Rules, as amended, were adopted as the Permanent Joint Rules for the 86th Legislative Session (2009-2010).
 
2009-2010 Temporary Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives 86th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 1 by the Senate on Tuesday, January 6, 2009, and by the House of Representatives on Monday, January 12, 2009, the Temporary Joint Rules for the 85th Legislative Session (2007-2008) were adopted as the Temporary Joint Rules for the 86th Legislative Session (2009-2010), to be effective until the adoption of Permanent Joint Rules by the Senate and House of Representatives.
 
2007-2008 Temporary Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives 85th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 1 by the Senate on Wednesday, January 3, 2007, and by the House of Representatives on Monday, January 8, 2007, the Temporary Joint Rules for the 84th Legislative Session (2005-2006) were adopted as the Temporary Joint Rules for the 85th Legislative Session (2007-2008), to be effective until the adoption of Permanent Joint Rules by the Senate and House of Representatives.
 
2005-2006 Temporary Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives 84th Legislative Session - Upon the adoption of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 1 by the Senate on Thursday, February 17, 2005, the by the House of Representatives on Monday, January 8, 2007, the Temporary Joint Rules for the 83rd Legislative Session (2003-2004), as amended, were adopted as the Temporary Joint Rules for the 84th Legislative Session (2005-2006), to be effective until the adoption of Permanent Joint Rules by the Senate and House of Representatives.

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