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Federal Legislative History and Analysis  

Tools and resources for researching the evolution of a law using the primary documents - the bill, committee reports, hearings, etc. - and secondary analysis of the legislation and federal policy.
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Conducting a Legislative History

A legislative history is conducted to closely examine the intent of a law, or to investigate how the final law was shaped by the legislative process - as evidenced by the various versions of the original bill, hearings that took place in the House or Senate Committee to which the bill was assigned, reports and documents created in connection with the consideration of the bill, floor debates, and the final record of voting on the bill.

This guide brings together tips and sources for conducting a legislative history - incorporating both print and online, public-domain and commercially licensed resources available to UConn researchers.


Sources conducted for this guide:

Federal Legislative History Research: A Practitinoer's Guide to Compiling the Documents and Sifting for Legislative Intent
    by Richard J. McKinney and Ellen A. Sweet. Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C., Inc.

How Our Laws Are Made ((House Document 110-49); revised and updated by John V. Sullivan, Parliamentarian, United States House of Representatives, July 2007.)

Legislative History: Research for the Interpretations of Laws by Gwendolyn B. Folsom. Univerisity Press of Virginia, 1972. Homer Babbidge Library stacks: KF 425 .F64

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