Facts about the 87th Legislature
These gures are for the regular sessions of this and previous legislatures, it does not includespecial sessions• At 119 legislative days, the 2011-2012 Legislature is tied for the longest legislative session instate history (tied with 2007-08)• At 250 calendar days, it is the second-longest by calendar days, (2001-02 went six days longer,but used three fewer legislative days)• Counting the stadium and revisor’s bills, there will be no more than 245 bills that will bepassed and signed into law during the 2011-12 term.• That’s the fewest number since 1869, 143 years ago. (table attached)• In other words, this legislature accomplished less than back when Minnesota’spopulation was only around 400,000, and all bills and laws were engrossed by hand.• The 1869 legislature enacted its 245 laws in just 60 calendar days.• The 1869 Senate had just 22 members.
As a matter of deliberative efciency, never in the history of our state have so many, spent somuch time, to accomplish so little.
Historical information is from the Legislative Reference Library’s “Legislative Time Capsule,”http://www.leg.state.mn.us/lrl/timecapsule/index.aspx.
These gures are for the regular sessions of this and previous legislatures, it does not includespecial sessions