A legislative history is a compilation of documents produced at each stage of the legislative (congressional) process.
Legislative history documents may be used:
To aid a court in its interpretation of statutes, but only if:
to track a pending bill as it moves through Congress.
Your legislative research will be much easier if you locate as much as possible of the following information for each act:
Your online searching will be more precise if you use them; you will retrieve less irrelevant material.
Find the public law number or citation to its publication in the U.S. Statutes at Large (Pub.L. 107-147, 116 Stat.21).
U.S. Code Section, statutory history (in parentheses below section text) or
U.S. Code, Popular Names table; or
Title search of the act (public law) in the databases listed below
Find the bill number and Congress (H.R.3090 or S.211 from the 107th Congress
Public Law in the databases listed below
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