About Legislative Histories

A legislative history chronicles the development of a public law from its introduction as a bill (or as multiple bills) to its enactment. It usually cites such publications as House/Senate reports, hearings, the Congressional Record, and presidential remarks. Depending on the scope of the legislation, it can be lengthy or relatively brief. In locating a legislative history, it's very helpful to know the Public Law or Statute number of the law in question.

While ProQuest Legislative Insight is the best database for legislative histories, some laws passed before 1969 may be difficult to find.

Most public laws contain a much-abbreviated legislative history on their final page.

Some legislative histories have been published as independent monographs. See the Print section below for finding aids.

Legislative Histories : Online Sources (CU subscription)

Legislative Histories : Print Sources