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Getting Started Guide: U.S. Law: Legislative Histories

places to start finding cases & researching law related topics

About: Legislative Histories

 A 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

Where to Look

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