Legislative Histories, 1969-
The Legislative Histories are electronic and print indexes that allow
researchers to follow the evolution of a law from its inception through its
arrival on the President's desk. The laws chosen by CIS for inclusion in the
legislative histories include all public laws except those of a predominately
ceremonial or housekeeping nature. Private laws are not included and those
public laws which deal with only a small number of individuals as individuals
(and not as a class), such as the appointment of citizens to various governing
bodies, are also excluded. Pickler Memorial Library does not
have access to legislative histories prior to 1969.
How to search the collection:
The best index to use to find a legislative history is the
They may also be found in the print CIS Annual/CIS Legislative Histories
1970-1998 (Reference KF 49 C62)
1. Click on this link to go to the section in
ProQuest Congressional for Legislative Histories.
2. Type in the keywords that you want to search. The
results will give you a list of hearings, reports, and documents related to the
terms, including legislative histories. Under Narrow Results By
on the bottom right-hand side, click on Legislative Histories.
This will limit your search results to legislative histories; click on the one
most closely related to the law or topic you are looking for. If
you end up with too many legislative histories to look through, type in
more specific keywords in the search box and repeat the process.
The numbers on public laws and legislative histories are
determined as shown in the diagram below.
3. For each Public Law, the Legislative Histories give you
references for the reports and hearings that went on to shape the law.
Some legislative histories give references for: Debates from the Congressional
Record; Reports; Hearings; Committee Prints;
U.S. Serial Set
; and references to the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents.
CIS Annual/CIS Legislative Histories 1970-1998
(Reference KF 49 C62)
Although legislative histories are not available for
legislation prior to 1969, several resources are available for finding the
materials related to this legislation These include:
Do a keyword search for Congressional Publications
as described above. This will bring up records of prints,
hearings, and documents related to the legislation but there will be no
llegislative history. Use the titles, descriptions, and PL numbers to
determine which documents apply to the legislation.
For more information about this subject in our Library
Catalog, check out these
Legislative Histories United States
Time Period: 20th Century
Subject keywords: Congressional Papers, Law
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