Answered By: Kate Britt Last Updated: Apr 20, 2018 Views: 5
Compiled legislative histories are comprised of documents that are produced by a legislative body as a bill is introduced, studied, and debated. These legislative documents are often used to help determine the intent behind a law or to clarify ambiguous statutory language.
Finding a previously compiled legislative history can be a real time-saver, but sometimes you have to compile the history yourself.
- The Library has research guides for Federal and Michigan legislative history.
- There are “how to conduct legal research” books and guides in Ref Coll for all states that may provide help on how to conduct a legislative history search for each state. Search the Library catalog for particular resources.
- Indiana University School of Law Library provides a comprehensive State Legislative History Research Guide.
- The Law Library does not carry bills or other legislative materials for other states. Obtain bill text and tracking at LexisNexis State Capital.
- MultiState Associates tracks all 50 states’ legislative presence online. Includes full-text bills, status, and comments.
- LLSDC’s Legislative Source Book provides state legislative information as well as guides to legislative research.
Finding Compiled Legislative Histories
- HeinOnline U.S. Federal Legislative History Library includes full text versions of published legislative histories as well as legislative history finding aids.
- On LexisNexis: Statutes & Legislation > Legislative Histories. Then choose a jurisdiction or subject area.
- On Westlaw: Legislative History is on the All Content tab on the main page, in the third column.