Hints for Legislative History Research Plus a New Research Guide
Sue Altmeyer, Electronic Services Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org | February 20, 2008 – 11:07
From yesterday’s Legislative History research seminar, here are a few tips:
1. Be sure to check out the library’s newly revised Legislative History Research Guide, which contains lots of how-tos on both federal and state legislative history research.
2. Some legislative history documents have more persuasive authority than others. See Chart – Most Persuasive Legislative History Documents, in Order. A recent article advocates that conference reports and committee reports are the only reliable legislative history documents. See Law Librarian Blog, Professional Reading: Should Some Forms of Legislative History be Excluded During Judicial Review?
3. Try to find a compiled legislative history, which are available for major legislation.
4. You will use different sources to locate legislative history for older (generally, pre-1969) acts than newer acts. The research guide sets out the Steps for both old and new acts.