Tag Archives: legislative history

Opposition to Working Late

A few weeks ago I was doing some legislative history research in the 1868 Congressional Globe – the precursor to today’s Congressional Record – and ran across this little exchange, which I found amusing.  I guess several members felt like … Continue reading

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Historical State Statutes

HeinOnline is a great place to go for historical legal materials.  Hein has recently added to its impressive collection by making available State Statutes: A Historical Archive.  This library has superseded statutes for all 50 states, some going back to … Continue reading

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Unpublished Hearings

The word “unpublished” can often be misleading in today’s legal research environment.  These days documents that are “unpublished” are now often published even though we still call them “unpublished.”  Confusing, I know.  Take for example, unpublished hearings from Congress.  Hearings … Continue reading

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Congressional Bills, 1789-2013

From grade school we learn about bills and how they become law.  Some bills die, some are amended, some become law.  No matter what happens, bills are an essential part of the legislative process and researchers often want to get … Continue reading

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Congress and the Courts

The Law Library recently added a new HeinOnline library – Congress and the Courts.  This library provides access to legislative materials dealing with the composition and structure of Article III courts.  If you’re doing any kind of research regarding federal … Continue reading

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New Resource – ProQuest Legislative Insight

The Law Library is always looking for new resources that will be valuable to researchers.  One of our most recent purchases is a database that will make federal legislative history research a less-daunting task than it has been previously.  The … Continue reading

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Legislative History Resources

At the reference desk we often get questions about how to do legislative history research.  The library has several electronic databases that can help if you’re looking for federal legislative history documents.  To make these databases more accessible, we’ve created … Continue reading

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The Search For Legislative Intent

Legislative history research is a skill all aspiring lawyers should gain.  Because this type of research doesn’t come up as often as statutory or case law research, it can be difficult to remember how to do it.  One of the most … Continue reading

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