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Legislative History

Legislative History 

Legislative histories contain a wealth of information regarding the legislative process on a bill that was introduced in the House of Senate and the documents that were generated in the course of creating legislation.  A history may include committee reports, analysis by legislative counsel, committee hearings, floor debates, and histories of actions taken. 

To find out more on the legislative process consult  How Are Laws Are Made by John V. Sullivan, Parliamentarian of the United States House of Representatives. This online resource will explain the legislative process and documents creating during this process.  

Legislative histories can be found in a number of different sources, both in print and electronic.There are brief legislative histories located at the end of each statute in the United States Statutes at Large.  Prior public laws, provisions and amendments are listed at the end of individual codified section of the United States Code. The Congressional Quarterly Almanac located in the Reference collection offers legislative histories for important legislation for each Congress.

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