For most UCI researchers looking for the legislative history of a federal law, Legislative Insight is the best starting point. Look for documents that have been marked with a gold star: .
A few of the best resources for in-depth research into legislative procedure include:
What is legislative history?
Legislative history refers to all the materials considered or created by a legislature in relation to a proposed law. This guide covers the major types: (1) Bills, (2) Hearings, (3) Reports, (4) Debates, (5) Prints, and (6) Presidential Materials.
Why is legislative history important?
Legislative history materials can provide clues to a legislature's intent, which might signal how a law should be interpreted and applied. Tip: Judges and lawyers have diverse opinions about the proper role of legislative history in statutory interpretation.
When, where, and how is legislative history used?
Legislative history is persuasive legal authority; it can supplement or clarify binding authority.
Do not confuse legislative history with: