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    Legislative Terms

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    Senate Glossary of Legislative Terms

    What is a Legislative History

    The compilation of documents produced during the legislative process of a law is called the legislative history.

    These documents contain the information considered by a legislature, prior to reaching a decision on whether or not to enact a law.

    When are Legislative Histories used?

    • to seek the current status of a bill
    • to determine where a bill is in the legislative process 
    • to determine the intent or meaning of an enacted law through the consideration of the documents produced in the process (statutory intent).

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