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Who should use this database?
Those looking for legislative histories.
What kinds of materials are referenced in the database?
Congress produces a variety of publications as a bill moves through the legislative process on its way to becoming a law. A compilation of these full text primary source publications produces a legislative history that is valuable to a wide variety of researchers. Legislative Insight offers a research citation page that not only links to the full text of the associated primary source publications, but allows the user to do a Search Within from that very page that searches the full text of all the associated publications with one-click.
Full-text publication types associated with a legislative history include the Public Law, all versions of enacted and related bills, Congressional Record excerpts, and committee hearings, reports, and documents. All of these publication types can be used in court to determine the intent of Congress in enacting legislation in cases where the statutory language is ambiguous. Other full-text publication types are included in our legislative histories to provide users with background material are committee prints, CRS reports, and miscellaneous congressional publications. Presidential signing statements are also included.
What years does the database cover?
By the end of 2012, we will have finished loading all of the content available as part of our initial offering. This will include 18,000 histories plus histories for all the new laws enacted in 2011-2012. The 18,000 laws include all CIS histories from 1970-2010 (many with updated research and indexing) and approximately 9,000 new histories from 1929-1969