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Guide info

This guide was originally created by Caitlin Hunter in 2018 and is regularly updated by the library staff. 

What is a Legislative History and How Do I Get One?

As a bill passes through Congress it can generate hundreds, if not thousands, of pages of reports, debates, hearings, and other materials.

Compiling a legislative history means collecting all of those materials or, better yet, finding someone who's already done it for you.

For a quick start:

For more strategies and information:

State Legislative Histories

Researching the history of a California statute? Please see:

Researching the history of a statute from another state? Please see: