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Federal Legislative History Materials

Why to Use a Compiled Legislative History

If you are doing in-depth research on a particular piece of legislation start with a compiled legislative history.  If you just need to find the full-text of a particular piece of legislative history and have a citation, start with the Sources of Legislative History Chart.

A compiled legislative history is a detailed inventory of legislative source documents for a particular law put together by a commercial publisher, interested researcher or other third party.  It is extremely useful for the researcher as it has the full-text, or citations to, the most important legislative documents, such as committee reports.  It will save you an enormous amount of time if you find a compiled legislative history for the public law you are interested in researching.

Indexes to Compiled History Sources

Databases Containing Full Text Compiled Histories