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Legislative History - Federal and State

Compiled Legislative Histories

For many major pieces of legislation, already-compiled histories exist.  Biddle has several sources of Compiled Legislative Histories. 

Precompiled legislative histories will provide citations to Congressional documents, and some also provide the full document texts.

How to Search Sources for Compiled Legislative Histories

1.  Find the citation to the law.

Identify the law you are researching by bill, Public Law, Statutes at Large, Popular Name, or Code citation.  See the Federal Statutes Research Guide to read more about finding and citing federal statutes. 

If the bill you are researching was never passed into law, you will only have access to the bill citation and possibly a popular name. 

Below are example citations to an original law and a subsequent amendment to that law.  

Name of Law (Popular Name) Session Law  Statute at Lg. Code Sec. Bill No.
Immigration & Nationality Act of 1952 1952:477 (alt. cite for laws before 1956) 66 Stat. 166 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq. 81 S. 3455
Immigration & Nationality Act Amendments of 1976 Pub. L. 94-571 90 Stat. 2703 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.  94 H.R. 14535

2.  Use the citation to search one of the following databases: 

Print Bibliographies of Compiled Legislative Histories