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Virginia Legal Research

A short guide to researching the law of Virginia using the resources of the Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library

Legislative History

The Virginia Division of Legislative Services Legislative Reference Center's guide to Virginia legislative history is perhaps the best starting point for researchers wishing to compile a legislative history on Virginia legislation.

Good sources of information include the historical note at the end of code sections in the Code of Virginia (Reference KFV2430 1950 .A4 ). Please note that this may often refer to superseded volumes of the 1950 Code or previous editions of the Code.  Superseded volumes are available on microfiche (3rd Floor Media Center).   The Acts of the General Assembly (3rd Floor Media Center) collects all enacted legislation of the Virginia
 legislature since 1974. This can be used to find the original legislation, as well as to track subsequent changes in the statute. Since 1970, Acts volumes have indicated changes in statutory text with strikeouts and italics.  The Virginia Legislative Information System provides users with access to a wealth of legislative information including bill tracking.   The retrospective information on this site goes back to 1994. 

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