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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/fedleg OR http://www.law.berkeley.edu/library/ - Choose Online Research>Federal Research> Legislative. Examples of Documents (PDF).

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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 Online Research>Federal Research> Legislative


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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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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 2768 - (S-MINER Act)

        • 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 Search Search Bill Summary & Status

      • Try The Advanced Search

        • 107th Congress;

        • Sponsor: Ney, Robert

        • Word/Phrase: help america vote

        • Stage in Legislative Process: Public Laws


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Thomas – Hearings

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

    • Thomas > House of Representatives > Committee Offices > Committee on the Judiciary > Legislation and Oversight > Legislative Hearings (choose 107th Congress)

      • 12-5-2001 Hearing Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3295, the "Help America Vote Act of 2001."


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LexisNexis Congressional

  • LexisNexis Congressional

    • http://www.law.berkeley.edu/library/ - Choose Databases ›Lexis-Nexis Academic Service ›Congressional (right side of screen under Related Products)

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

    • Congressional Publications

      • Basic search

      • Advanced Search

      • Search by Number

    • Legislative Histories, Bills & Laws

      • 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

      • Public Law Number 107-252

        • Help America Vote Act of 2002

    • Note

      • Bills and Bill Tracking

      • Debate

      • 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

    • Basic Search

      • Example: "north korea" and human rights (date: previous 2 years)

    • Advanced Search

      • Example: "north korea" and human rights( date between 2000 and 2007 and limited to hearings)

      • 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

    • Search by Number

      • Example: Find Congressional Publications Related to a bill or Law: HR 2768

      • from 110th Congress


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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

      • Note some are now in full-text

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

      • Note published and unpublished hearings

    • Example: Witness: Barnett, Stephen and limited to hearings

      • Note digital hearings

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


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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))


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    Lexis – Bill Tracking

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

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


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    Lexis – PL and Statutes at Large

    • 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

    • Search for articles:

      • Mine safety

      • Bills: hr 2768 (limit to current congress)


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    Other Historical Sources

    • U.S. Congressional Serial SetUCB only The U.S. Congressional Serial Set is a collection of primary source materials covering the period 1817-1980 (the 15th through 96th Congresses). This electronic version is presently complete through the second session of the 69th Congress (1926). 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


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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: Patriot Act


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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 33

        • 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