Introduction to Legislative History
Legislators pass laws with specific goals in mind. Unfortunately, these goals are not always clear - especially when there has been no judicial interpretation of the law. This is why legislative history research is conducted. Researchers pull together all of the documents created in the passing of a law and strive to ascertain what the purpose of the law is and how it should be interpreted and applied.
The documents used in compiling a legislative history and how to locate them are discussed in the various tabs of this LibGuide.
Illustration of How a Bill becomes a Law
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Image created for the Design for America contest sponsored by Sunlight Labs.