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Skills Center: Legislative History Research

Resources, Federal:

  • Federal Legislative History Research: A Practitioner's Guide to Compiling the Documents and Sifting for Legislative Intent, prepared by the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C.
  • Legislative Histories of Selected U.S. Laws on the Internet, from the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C.
  • Legislative History Research: A Basic Guide , from the Congressional Research Service.
  • Resources, Minnesota:

  • The definitive work on the subject is the Minnesota Legislative History Guide, prepared by the Legislative Reference Library
  • Legislative Time Capsule, compiled by the Legislative Reference Library. The Legislative Time Capsule pages consolidate important statistics and materials for each biennial session of the Legislature. Back to territorial times, you can quickly find information for each legislative session on members, bills, laws, vetoes, dates, special sessions, leadership, and more.

  • DISCLAIMER:  As librarians and not lawyers, we can suggest resources but cannot give legal advice (such as which form to file), or legal opinions, (such as how a statute might apply to particular facts.)  To do so could be considered the unauthorized practice of law.  Even though we try to suggest materials that will be of help, further research is usually required to find a complete and correct answer.  For many questions, the best answer may be to consult an attorney.  For links to resources on finding an attorney, see http://www.lawlibrary.state.mn.us/selfhelp.html#atty.


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    Minnesota State Law Library: Legislative History Research
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