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Federal Legislative History

This guide provides an overview of how to locate federal legislative history.

Statutory Construction

The information located when you do legislative history research is usually meant to persuade a court that a particular interpretation of a statute is correct. In addition to the facts you have found, you may need to find persuasive legal authority. There is a body of case law that has been developed for interpreting legislative intent. Here are several useful places to look:

 

Statutes and Statutory Construction by Norman J. Singer
LAW STACKS 2nd floor  KF 425 .S8 2007 (available on Westlaw)

 

Statutory Interpretation: The ­Search for Legislative Intent by Ronald Benton Brown and Sharon Jacobs Brown
LAW STACKS 2nd floor  KF 425 .B76 2012

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