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					   Legislative History

SEMINAR: STATUTORY INTERPRETATION
           PROF. NOURSE
   GUEST INSTRUCTOR: AMY FLICK
          OCTOBER 14, 2009
Legislative History Documents

                 Compiled legislative
                    histories
                   Statutes at Large and
                    Public Laws
                   Congressional Reports
                   Hearings
                   Congressional Record
                   Historical Documents
      Sources for Congressional Documents

 Emory Law Library Guide: Legislative History
 Hein Online
    U.S. Federal Legislative History
    U.S. Congressional Documents
 Lexis Congressional
   Lexis
 US Code Congressional and Administrative News
    Westlaw
 Thomas
 FDSys (GPO Access)
 Serial Set
    Readex Serial Set database
                      Starting Points

 Citations: Statutes at Large, Public Laws
   U.S. Code: History Notes

   Popular Names Tables

 Citations: Bill Number
   Statutes at Large, Public Laws, compiled histories

 Compiled Legislative Histories: Citations, sometimes
  documents
     Lexis Congressional, USCCAN, Thomas, Hein
                         Original Documents

 Original Documents and
 PDFs
    Government Documents
    FDSys/GPO Access
        Most newer documents
    Hein
        Stat., Cong. Record
    Lexis Congressional
        Older hearings and Cong.
         Record
    Readex Serial Set
        Older reports
                    Statute: RLUIPA

 Religious Land Use and
    Institutionalized Persons
    Act of 2000
   114 Stat. 803
   P.L. 106-274
   S. 2869 (106th Cong.)
   September 22, 2000
   Documents available in
    most legislative history
    sources
             2000 Act: Compiled Histories

 Guide: Compiled Legislative             USCCAN
  Histories                                 Selected documents, excerpted

 Lexis Congressional                        reports
                                            Westlaw also links to other
     All related documents, including
      previous Congresses                    legislative history documents
     Citations, SuDocs, document text    Hein
     Also on Lexis                         PDF documents

                                            Sources of Compiled Legislative
 Thomas
                                             History
   Free
                                            Statutes at Large: notes
   Bill Summary & Status: All
    Congressional Actions                 Statutes at Large/Public Laws
   Links to GPO Access for PDFs            Legislative History notes

                                            FDSys/GPO Access, GovDocs
             RLUIPA: Committee Reports

 House and Senate Reports
    No report on the enacted bill, but
     related report H. R. Rpt. 106-219
    Committee reports for section-by-
     section analysis, background,
     purpose, definitions
    Lexis Congressional: citations to
     all related reports, text
    FDSys/GPO Access : pdf, retrieve
     by citation
    Serial Set volumes
    Major reports may be excerpted in
     USCCAN
                 RLUIPA: Other Documents

 Hearings                              Congressional Record
    Official version (print or pdf)       Note different pagination Daily
     varies from unofficial                 and Bound editions
     transcripts                           Hein: Daily to Bound Locator
    Time lag before official               with date or citation
     publication                           FDSys:
    FDSys: pdfs of many hearings            PDF: Daily Edition
        Search by fields
                                             PDF: Bound edition
    Lexis Congressional: separate
                                              (1999-2001)
     database for pdfs of official
     hearings                                Index for page citations,
                                              then retrieve by citation
      Historical Statute: Civil Rights Act

 Civil Rights Act of 1964
 78 Stat. 241
 P.L. 88-352
 H.R. 7152 (88th Cong.)
 July 2, 19964
 Documents available in
  multiple sources, mostly
  as print or pdf
            1964 Act: Compiled Histories

 Hein Federal Legislative            USCCAN
 Histories                               Volumes Range 301,
    Compiled legislative                 selected reports, excerpts
     history volumes with                Westlaw LH database:
     documents: Titles VII and            USCCAN reports
     XI                                  Westlaw FED-LH
    Congressional Record                 database: GAO compiled
      Use dates or citations from        legislative histories
       other sources
      Use the Index/History of
       Bills to find dates
           Civil Rights Act: More Documents

 Serial Set                         Lexis Congressional
     US Docs Y1: Find by               Search Publications
      Congress, House or                 related to PL 88-352
      Senate, report number             CRS Reports, committee
     Readex Serial Set database         print
         PDFs, search by bill or       Separate databases for pdf
          report number                  hearings and
     Reports: S. Rpt. 88-352            Congressional Record
      and H.R. Rpt. 88-914           Guide: Historical
     Summary and Section-by-        Congressional Sources
      Section Analysis,
      background, history
Historical Statute: Alien Contract Labor Law

 Alien Contract Labor
    Law of 1885
   23 Stat. 332
   H.R. 2550 (48th Cong.)
   February 26, 1885
   Few publications, few
    sources
   Most sources don’t go
    back that far
                     1885 Act: Sources

 Hein Online                        Readex Serial Set
    No compiled history, no            Search by publication or
     legislative history notes in        bill number
     Statutes at Large                  S. Rpt. 820 and H.R. Rpt.
    Congressional Record                444
      Index/ History of Bills          Appendices to reports
      H.R. 2550: Cong. Record           include testimony
       volumes 15 and 16                 summaries
      Use the citation navigator
                                     Lexis Congressional
       with page citations
                                        Citations only, including
                                         the bill and report
                                         numbers

				
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