Washington State Legislative History by byrnetown71

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									      Washington State
     Legislative History


         Cheryl Nyberg
Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library
     University of Washington
               Handout
In your handout packet
On the Gallagher Law Library website,
http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/washleghis
.html
 What Is Legislative History?
Chronological proceeding of a bill through
legislative consideration
Documents created through the legislative
process
Understanding the intent of the legislature
in enacting the law
   Important Considerations
Timeframe: mid-1970s to date
Internet access: 1997 to date
Limited number of useful documents
Research may not yield useful documents
Archival material available in Olympia
Know when to say when
      Documents & Material
The bill           Debates recorded on
  Original         audiotapes
  Amendments       Bill files at the State
  Final            Archives or the
Bill reports       committees
Chronology         Video archives on
House and Senate   TVW
journals           Newspapers
           Statute to Bill
Historical note indicating date of original
enactment and subsequent amendment
Refers to the year, chapter number, and
section of the chapter
Text of session law found in the Laws of
Washington, chronological arrangement of
laws enacted in Washington
RCW to Session Law
          RCW to Session Law
RCW 35.21.217
Utility services -- Deposit -- Tenants' delinquencies -
  - Lien.
(1) Prior to furnishing utility services, a city or town
  may require a deposit to guarantee payment for
  services. However, failure to require a deposit
  does not affect the validity of any lien authorized
  by RCW 35.21.290 or 35.67.200. A city or town
  may determine how to apply partial payments on
  past due accounts.
[1998 c 285 § 1.]
 Session Law to Bill Number
Legislature’s homepage,
http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/default.htm
Bill information,
http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/bills.cfm
Bill information for 1997-1998,
http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo/bills97_98
.html
Chapter to bill table,
http://www.leg.wa.gov/pub/billinfo/1997-
98/chapter_to_bill_table.txt
                 Tips
Look at names of column headings to
understand how the information is presented
Use browser’s Edit, Find on Page feature to
quickly locate chapter number
Refer to bound volumes of the Laws of
Washington for dates before 1997
Bill Information
Bill Info 1997-98
Chapter to Bill Table
                ESHB?
For list of acronyms and explanations, see
Key to Daily Status Report
Next, House Bill Information
Detailed Bill Info
Bill Documents
   Bill to Legislative History
House bill information
  Simple arrangement by groups of bill numbers
Several entries with mysterious names and
abbreviations
  history.txt = procedural history (Legislative Digest and
  History of Bills)
  fbr, hbr, sbr = bill reports (Final Legislative Report)
  date.txt = versions of bill
History
House Bill Report
               Journals
Not available under Bill information
Use Legislature’s multi-database Search
feature,
http://search.leg.wa.gov/basic/textsearch/def
ault.asp
Journal Search
Journal: “Debate Ensued”
Journal: Point of Inquiry
      Documents & Material
The bill           Debates recorded on
  Original         audiotapes
  Amendments       Bill files at the State
  Final            Archives or the
Bill reports       committees
Chronology         Video archives on
House and Senate   TVW
journals           Newspapers
State Archives
TVW
           Other Sources
Newspaper articles: interviews with and
editorials by legislators
Law review articles (more likely for federal
legislation than Washington State
legislation)
Cases
             Conclusion
What is legislative history?
What do you hope to find?
Often a long and winding road that leads to
nowhere.
When should you stop?
Questions?

								
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