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New York State Legislative History Research: Introduction

This guide is intended to help researchers locate print and online sources for New York State Legislative History Research.

What is New York legislative history research?

Legislative history research involves finding and analyzing documents produced by a legislature and by other parties with an interest in a law.  This guide describes sources one could review when researching the legislative history of a New York State law.

Helpful Introductions

Publicly Accessible:

CALI Lesson Accessible to Brooklyn Law School Students (request BLS students' CALI code from

  • New York Legal Research: Primary Resources (Joseph L. Gerken, Reference Librarian, State University of New York - Buffalo School of Law)
    • Discusses primary legal sources in New York state: statutes, regulations and cases.
    • Lesson completion time: 1 hour.

New York State Website & Directories

Directories Available in BLS Library:

Current Ed. of Directory Available in New York Public Library, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library - Yoseloff Business Center: 

Note: BLS Library also has some older eds. of The New York Redbook beginning with 1966 and ending with 2019. 

Subject Guide

Popular Digital Document Collections

Publicly Accessible:

  • New York State Library: Bill, Veto and Recall Jackets
    • Links to digital collections of New York State legislative bill and veto jackets that are currently available.  


  • HeinOnline: New York Legal Research Library (remote access requires implementation of BLS proxy server instructions for 1 web browser)
    • Description states: "Materials dedicated to law in New York State, including reports and opinions of the New York Attorney General, New York State Register, State Constitutions of New York, prestatehood material, Session Laws, and more."
  • Westlaw: New York Legislative History
    • Includes bill jackets beginning with the 219th Legislature (1996).

When Was This Guide Last Updated?

This LibGuide was last substantively updated:

On: Jan. 10, 2024

At:  6:26 AM

By: Jean Davis