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About: Legislative Histories
legislative history is compiled by accessing the documents created by
Congress when creating a bill and enacting it into law.
These can include:
- Bills and amendments
- Committee Prints (research studies, background information, etc.)
- Committee Reports (official communications)
- Congressional Hearings (testimony and documentary evidence)
- Debates on the Congressional floor
- Presidential Documents (messages from the President to Congress)
It can be helpful to have some basic information such as:
- The Public Law number
- The Popular Name of the law
- The year the law was passed