Special Laws Project

Larry A. Bakken

Hamline University - School of Law

Mary G. Alton Mackey


Steven Cross


January 1, 1985

Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Vol. 6, p. 87,1985

A basic principle of popular law is that a law should possess uniformity so that all citizens and entities of the land to be governed are affected by the law in the same way. However, by the middle of the nineteenth century the legislatures of the several states of the United States passed many special and private laws. By the latter part of the nineteenth century, many states had amended their constitutions to support basic principles of popular law. This article covers the background and methodology as well as detailed tables of local special acts passed in Minnesota.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 110

Keywords: Special law, popular law, local law, private law, MN, Minnesota, nineteenth century

JEL Classification: K00, H7

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Bakken, Larry A. and Alton Mackey, Mary G. and Cross, Steven, Special Laws Project (January 1, 1985). Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Vol. 6, p. 87,1985. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1967712

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Larry A. Bakken (Contact Author)
Hamline University - School of Law ( email )
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States
Mary G. Alton Mackey
Independent ( email )
Steven Cross
Independent ( email )
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