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A legislative history is the sequence of steps or path taken to arrive at the final version of a law; the term is also used to refer to the documents reflecting that history. Legislative histories are often compiled in order to understand what the legislature intended in authoring a bill, or the purpose and meaning of specific legislative language. This guide 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.
Revised May 2021