Federal Legislative History Checklist

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Federal Statutes & Codes

Types of Federal Legislative History Documents

Federal Legislative History Databases & Sources

Example:  Newer Federal Act

Example - Older Federal Act

Ohio & Other States' Legislative History

Documents You Need

  Introductory statements
  Bills
 

originally introduced in House or Senate

 

amendments in committee or on floor

 

passed in originating body/introduced in other house

 

amended by second house in committee or on floor

 

passed by second house

 

amended by conference committee

 

public law

  Committee Prints
  Committee Hearings
 

committees (or subcommittees) to which bill was assigned in either house

 

previous sessions' hearings on same subject matter

 

previous sessions' hearings on related bills or provisions

  Committee Reports
 

reports of committees of both houses to which bill was assigned

 

reports of subcommittees of both houses to which bill was assigned

  Congressional Debates - both houses
  Conference Committee Report
  Presidential Documents
 

accompanying proposed legislation

 

signing statements or veto message

 

 

LER, SA February 2008, Links checked SMC 4/12/2012

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