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Federal Legislative History

Resources for locating a compiled legislative history, and compiling one of your own.


To compile your own legislative history, follow these steps.

1. Identify the bill number.

2. Locate a history of the bill using one of these sources. The bill history will indicate whether there were any reports, hearings, related bills or other documents.

3. Collect the documents, working backwards from enactment to introduction. The documents are listed in order of importance for purposes of determining legislative intent.

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