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Encyclopedia > Legislative history

Legislative history referes to various materials generated in the course of creating legislation, such as committee reports, analysis by legislative counsel, floor debates and histories of actions taken. Legislative history is used for discovering sources of information about the legislative intent.


References

  • Legislative Intent and Legislative History (http://www.archives.state.ut.us/referenc/leghist.htm), Utah Department of Administrative Services.

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Federal Legislative History Guide (4204 words)
In its simplest terms, a federal legislative history is an analysis of the various Congressional documents that are generated in connection with the enactment of a law.
Legislative histories are usually prepared in an attempt to better understand why Congress passed a particular piece of legislation so as to clarify the meaning or intent of a statutory provision that is not apparent on its face.
Obviously, some of these legislative histories are better than others, and a previously compiled legislative history may have more, or less, information than you need; but, at a minimum, it should provide you with an overview of the legislation and an idea of what legislative history materials are available with respect to your law.
The State Library of Massachusetts - Resource Guides - Massachusetts Legislative History (9859 words)
Legislative history is sought as a means to aid in interpreting a statute, i.e.
Legislation that has originated as an "outside section" of an appropriation bill from the Ways and Means Committee of either the House or Senate usually does not have a public hearing and is enacted as part of the appropriations bill.
Legislative history in the form of social history may be gleaned by interviewing the petitioners of the bill, e.g.
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