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Legal Research Guides
 Gallagher Law Library, Washington Administrative Law Research
   http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/admin.html
 Washington State Law Library, Washington Administrative Law
   http://www.courts.wa.gov/library/?fa=library.display&fileID=wac
 WASHINGTON LEGAL RESEARCHER’S DESKBOOK 3D (2002).
   Chapter 5, Administrative Materials and Decisions

Washington Administrative Code
 Contains in-force rules & regulations from administrative agencies
 Search: http://search.leg.wa.gov/pub/textsearch/default.asp
 Browse by title: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/
 Search the WAC & the RCW together: http://legalwa.org/
 LexisNexis (WASH Library): WAADMN & WAREGS
 Westlaw: WA-ADC
 Reporter of Decisions Style Sheet abbreviation: WAC
 Bluebook abbreviation: Wash. Admin. Code

Washington State Register
 Contains proposed, emergency & newly adopted rules & regulations
 Search: http://search.leg.wa.gov/pub/textsearch/default.asp
 Browse index by year:
  http://www.leg.wa.gov/codereviser/washington%20state%20register/index/
 Browse by WAC section affected, by year:
  http://www.leg.wa.gov/codereviser/washington%20state%20register/wac-
  wsr%20table/
 LexisNexis: WASH;WARGTR
 Westlaw: WA-REGTXT
 Reporter of Decisions Style Sheet abbreviation: Wash. St. Reg.
 Bluebook abbreviation: Wash. Reg.

Administrative Decisions
 http://lib.law.washington.edu/research/research.html#waadmin
 LexisNexis: WASH;WAAGEN
 Westlaw: multiple files

Related Resources
 Administrative procedure act: RCW 34.05
 Access WA, Agencies & Departments, http://access.wa.gov/government/agency.aspx
 WASHINGTON ADMINISTRATIVE LAW PRACTICE MANUAL.
   LexisNexis: WASH;WAADPM

Cheryl Nyberg                                                  Gallagher Law Library
2007 Bridge the Gap                                          University of Washington
       Washington State Legislative History Research

Legal Research Guides
 Gallagher Law Library, Washington State Legislative History
   http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/washleghis.html
 Washington State Law Library, Washington Legislative History & Legislative Intent
   http://www.courts.wa.gov/library/?fa=library.display&fileID=legis
 WASHINGTON LEGAL RESEARCHER’S DESKBOOK 3D (2002).
   Chapter 6, Legislative History, Initiatives, and Bill Tracking
 Overview of the [Washington] Legislative Process
   http://www1.leg.wa.gov/WorkingwithLeg/overview.htm

Highlights
 Documents cover mid-1970s to date; little historical material
 Before 1997: print sources in law libraries & at the State Archives.
 1997 to date: print journals & online sources
 No guarantee of finding useful information

Process
1. Find session law citation at the end of the RCW section
2. Find bill number in the session laws
3. Use bill number in indexes & databases to identify & retrieve documents
4. Contact the committee or the State Archives for additional material

Sources
 Legislative purpose or findings
 Bill information & reports, http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/
 Bills & amendments
 Committee bill reports
 “Points of inquiry” & “Debate ensued” in House & Senate journals
 Debate tapes (no transcripts)
 Floor action & committee meetings, audio & video, http://www.tvw.org/index.cfm
 Gubernatorial veto & partial veto messages

Related Resources
 Legislative History in Washington, 7 U. PUGET SOUND L. REV. 571 (1984)
 WASHINGTON PRACTICE. Sections throughout discuss legislative intent.
   Westlaw: WAPRAC
 STATUTES AND STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION (6th ed.). General, not Washington-
   specific. Westlaw: SUTHERLAND




Cheryl Nyberg                                                    Gallagher Law Library
2007 Bridge the Gap                                            University of Washington

				
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