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Federal Legislative History

Guide for LRM classes on federal legislative history

Outline

Why?

Why are we doing this?

Because sometimes the answer isn’t in the statutory language or the cases that interpret it. In those cases, you may need to find documents that shed light on what the legislators intended when they wrote the law or provision of the law.

Documents to Identify/Locate

The process above is very simplified and just intended to emphasize the documents that are produced.  For a full description see How Our Laws Are Made

The Legislative Process