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Legislative History Materials
Library of Congress Federal Legislative History: A Beginner's Guide
A comprehensive research guide on finding federal legislative history documents, including congressional committee reports and hearings, presidential signing statements, and the debates of Congress.
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).
Legislative History Guides