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This guide will help you compile a legislative history using library databases and other online resources.

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Welcome to the Bellevue University guide for Legislative History.  This guide will help you locate the documents needed to compile a legislative history. Resources for finding this information include library legal databases, websites, and books. Tabs are labeled according to their content.  It is recommended that you read through all the information before beginning your legislative history, as some methods may work better than others, depending on the legislation being researched.

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What is a Legislative History?

Legislative History refers to the progress of a bill through the legislative process, and to the documents that are created during that process.

Components of a legislative history, in order of importance: (

  • Committee reports
  • Bills and their amendments
  • Sponsor remarks (floor debates)
  • Committee hearings

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