Other Uses of Legislative History

Law Library Journal, Vol. 105, No. 2, pp. 243-54 (Spring 2013)

12 Pages Posted: 14 May 2013

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Mary Whisner

University of Washington - School of Law

Date Written: May 10, 2013

Abstract

Too often, people discussing legislative materials talk only about their use in statutory construction. This essay explores other uses, such as informing advocacy, keeping current with new legislation, finding facts, and fueling critique and analysis.

By the way, much of the controversy about using legislative history in statutory construction is at the federal level, but many states have statutes directing their courts to consider it. An appendix provides citations.

Keywords: legislative history, legislative materials, legislatures, Congress, legal research, legal writing, statutes

Suggested Citation

Whisner, Mary, Other Uses of Legislative History (May 10, 2013). Law Library Journal, Vol. 105, No. 2, pp. 243-54 (Spring 2013), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2264568

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