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Legislative History in Virginia

Provides resources that can be used to track pending legislation, discover the intent behind a bill, and trace the history of changes to a law

Websites

Please note: Titles from the HathiTrust Digital Library may have multiple catalog records, each with different volumes attached. Additional searching may be necessary to locate all available volumes. 

Books

  • Dodson, E. Griffith (comp.). The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia 1885–1918. (Richmond) JK3930.A6 1960.
    Index of entries mostly in the House journals and partly in the Senate journals, including: resolutions, documents, reports, communications, addresses, etc.
  • Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates. Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia [title varies]. (Richmond) J87.V6 c (1619–1859/60);  J87.V7 c; (1861–1864/65);  J87.V9 c (1865– ) 
  • Virginia. General Assembly. Senate. Journal of the Senate of Virginia [title varies]. (Richmond) J87.V6 b (1777–1859/60); J87.V7 b (1861/62–1864/65); J87.V9 b; (1865/66–2014) 

Microfilm

  • Library of Congress. Records of the States of the United States of America: [Virginia, 1727–1869: A.1b Journals of the House of Burgesses and the House of Delegates]: A Microfilm Compilation. (Washington, 1949). Film 331
  • Library of Congress. Records of the States of the United States of America: [Virginia 1776–1869: a.1a Journal of the Senate]: A Microfilm Compilation. (Washington, 1949). Film 332

Archival Resources

  • Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates. Rough Journals of the House of Delegates. (1910– ). Acc. 24242 and other locations.
  • Virginia. General Assembly. Senate. Rough Journals of the Senate of Virginia. (1918, 1948– ). Acc. 36459 and other locations.