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Sources for Federal Legislative History

  • Sources for Federal Legislative History:

    • http://www.law.berkeley.edu/library/dynamic/guide.php?guide=alr/fedlegOR

    • http://www.law.berkeley.edu/library/ - Choose Research Guides – Sources for Federal Legislative History


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Examples of Documents (PDF)

  • Help America Vote – Bill

  • Help America Vote – House Report

  • Help America Vote – Hearing

  • North Korea - Committee print

  • Help America Vote - Congressional Record

  • Kim Jong Il - House Document

  • No Child Left Behind - House Document

  • Help America Vote - Presidential Remarks

  • Help America Vote – Presidential Press Statement


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Presidential Signing Statements

  • Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act of 1997

    • 1997 U.S.C.C.A.N. 58

  • Department of Defense, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations to Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and Pandemic Influenza Act, 2006

    • Available on HeinOnline

    • Compare USCCAN and CIS legislative histories

  • Act dated March 2, 1821 – This objecting signing statement is neither objecting, nor a signing, nor a statement: Discuss among yourselves. 

    • From the American Presidency Project http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/signingstatements.php#q2


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Thomas

  • http://thomas.loc.gov

    • Note: Legislative Process link on right – How our Laws are Made and Enactment of a Law

    • Search Bill Text: Legislation in Current Congress

      • HR 493 -Note bill summary and status

    • Search Multiple, Previous Congresses

      • Example: 108th and 107th congresses, “help america vote” , “enrolled bills sent to the President”

        • Results: H.R.3295

        • Link to the Bill Summary & Status file

        • All Congressional Actions with Amendments

        • Note: H. Rept. 107-329, Part I.

        • Note: 11/14/2001 Referred to House Judiciary - Hearings held on 12/5/2001

      • Advanced Search

        • Thomas.loc.gov - Search Multiple Congresses | Search Bill Summary & Status |Try the Advanced Search

        • 107th Congress;

        • Sponsor: Ney, Robert (House)

        • Word/Phrase: help america vote

        • Stage in Legislative Process: Public Laws


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Thomas – Hearings

  • Only option is to browse to the Committee (House or Senate) to see if hearing (transcript, audio, video) is posted.

    • Example: Hearings on Help America Vote Act held on 12/5/2001 (Referred to House Judiciary)

      • Up until Spring 2008 were on Judiciary committee website, but now removed.

    • House Judiciary Committee

      • http://judiciary.house.gov/ - Hearings and Schedule


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LexisNexis Congressional

  • LexisNexis Congressional

    • http://www.law.berkeley.edu/library/ - Top Databases - LexisNexis Congressional

      • Or directly: http://web.lexis-nexis.com/congcomp

    • Congressional Publications

      • Search Tabs

        • Basic search

        • Advanced Search

        • Search by Number

        • Congressional Record Only

    • Legislative Histories, Bills & Laws

      • Search Tabs

        • Keyword Search

        • Get a Document


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LexisNexis Congressional (2)

  • Legislative History of PL 107-252

    • Legislative Histories, Bills & Laws – Get a Document

    • Or Congressional Publications – Search by Number

      • Public Law Number 107-252

        • Help America Vote Act of 2002

    • Note

      • Bill (HR 3295) and Bill Tracking Report

      • Debate

      • Reports

        • Related Reports

      • Hearings

        • Related Hearings

      • Committee Prints

        • Related Committee Prints

      • Miscellaneous Publications

        • Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents


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LexisNexis Congressional (3)

  • Congressional Publications - Advanced Search

    • Example: “help america vote” and limit to 107th Congress

      • Note: CRS Reports – Digital Collection

      • Note: Hearings – Digital Collection

    • Example:: Hearings

      • Example: "north korea" and human rights( date after 2006 and limited to hearings)

        • Note: Hearings (6) and Hearings – Digital Collection (5)

    • Example: Witness: Lastname: Zappa (all available dates)

      • One hearing, two format: note – Digital Collection

    • Example: Witness: Lastname: Edley Firstname: Christopher (all available dates)

      • Official published hearings

      • Hearings – Digital Collection

    • Example: Christopher Edley in “All Fields including Full Text”

      • Transcripts of testimony and statements

  • Congressional Publications - Advanced Search

    • Search by Number

    • Example: Find Congressional Publications Related to a bill or Law: HR 2768 from 110th Congress

      • Does not pick up all publications (or related publications)


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    LexisNexis Congressional (4)

    • Congressional Publications - Advanced Search

      • CRS Reports (Congressional Research Service)

        • Example: "north korea" and human rights( date after 2002 and limited to CRS Reports)

        • Example: iraq and casualties ( date after 2002 and limited to CRS Reports)


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    LexisNexis Congressional: Historical Documents

    • Go to:Congressional Publications – Advanced Search

      • Example: unamerican activities and date between 1949 and 1951 and limited to committee prints

        • Committee Prints (17)

        • Committee Prints -- Digital Collection (16)

      • Example: Witness: Kazan, Elia and limited to hearings

        • Note published and unpublished hearings and Digital Collection.

      • Example: Witness: Kay, Herma and limited to hearings

        • Note digital hearings

      • Example: “pledge of allegiance” and date limited to between 1950 and 1960

        • House Unpublished Hearings Collection (1)

        • Senate Unpublished Hearings Collection (1)

        • Serial Set Collection (7)


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    Westlaw

    • Example: 42 U.S.C.A. § 15301

      • Legislative History Materials

      • Graphical Statutes

  • USSCAN

    • All Databases > U.S. Federal Materials > U.S. Code Congressional & Administrative News

      • Example: ("help america vote") & da (2002)

        • HOUSE CONFERENCE REPORT NO. 107-730 (Part 1)

      • Example (historical): "pledge of allegiance" & "under god" & da (<1960)

  • PL 107-252 or 116 Stat 1666 – Find and Print


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    Lexis – CIS

    • CIS - Legal > Legislation & Politics - U.S. & U.K. > U.S. Congress > Legislative Histories > US - CIS Legislative Histories

      • Example: LEGIS-HIST (107-252)

      • Example: TESTIMONY (christopher w/3 edley)


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    Lexis – CIS Historical

    • CIS Historical - Legal > Legislation & Politics - U.S. & U.K. > U.S. Congress > Legislative Histories > CIS/Historical Index

      • Example: "pledge of allegiance" and date(geq (01/01/1950) and leq (01/01/1960))

      • Note: this doesn’t contain the “digital collections” available on the standalone web version – LexisNexis Congressional.


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    Lexis – Bill Trackingand Statutes at Large

    • Legal > Legislation & Politics - U.S. & U.K. > U.S. Congress

    • Example: Congressional Bills and Bill Tracking - Current Congress - “ s.1104"

    • Get a document: 107 PL 252


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    GPO Access

    • http://www.gpoaccess.gov/

      • Legislative Branch Resources

        • Congressional Bills

        • Hearings

          • Go to Congressional Hearings and search for “help america vote” in 107th Congress

        • Serial Set

          • Congressional documents

          • Congressional reports

            • Example: Legislative Branch > U.S. Congressional Serial Set > Congressional Reports > 107th Congress: “help america vote”

      • Presidential Materials

        • Executive Branch > Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

          • Browse to December 27, 2004 -- Volume 40 - Number 52, “Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, statement”


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    CQ Weekly

    • http://library.cqpress.com/cqweeklyOR

    • http://www.law.berkeley.edu/library/ - Choose Databases ›CQ Weekly

      • Note current issue

    • Search for articles:

      • Bills: Economic Stabilization: House (H.R. 3997) | Senate (H.R. 1424)

      • HR 5959


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    U.S. Congressional Serial Set

    • U.S. Congressional Serial Set

    • Or http://www.law.berkeley.edu/library.htm and choose Databases|US Congressional Serial Set

      • UCB only The U.S. Congressional Serial Set is a collection of primary source materials covering the period 1817-1954 (the 15th through 83rd Congresses). It’s made up of congressional reports and documents, arranged in sequentially numbered volumes. Many important executive agency documents were printed in congressional editions during the 19th century, making the U.S. Congressional Serial Set an incredibly rich resource covering nearly every aspect of society. The set includes the American State Papers, a retrospective collection of materials originating from 1789 through 1838 but published in the second quarter of the 19th century.

        • Search example: emma goldman

        • Search example: “pledge of allegiance” and date 1954


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    HeinOnline

    • U.S Federal Legislative History Library

      • Sources of Compiled Legislative History Database

        • Example:Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act Of 2002 (Mccain-Feingold Act) 116 Stat 81

      • U.S. Federal Legislative History Title Collection

        • Example: USA Patriot Act

    • Statutes at Large (1789 – 2006)


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    California Legislative History

    • California Legislative History Research Guide:

      • http://www.law.berkeley.edu/library/dynamic/guide.php?guide=general/calLegis

    • Official California Legislative Information- http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/

      • Example: SB 375

        • Status

        • History

        • Bill Text

        • Analyses

        • Votes


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    California Legislative History

    • Westlaw- West's Ann.Cal.Vehicle Code § 23123

      • Note graphical statutes, keycite

    • Lexis - Cal Veh Code § 23123


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