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Federal Legislative History: Compiled Legislative Histories

A quick and basic guide to finding documents related to the passage of any given federal legislation.

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Compiled Legislative Histories

If you know the Public Law number of the law you are interested in, you may want to check if a legislative history already exists for that law. Legislative Histories for major legislation may be found in individual books, law review articles, or on LexisNexis and Westlaw. The Congressional Information Service (CIS) Index/Abstracts will list citations for legislative history documents for all legislation; however, there may be a year or more delay between the passage of the law and the publication of its legislative history in the CIS Index/Abstracts. 

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Guide content provided courtesy of the Westminster Law Library at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.