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Legal Research and Writing

by
Michelle Dewey, Heather Simmons, and Sara Benson
Legislative History

Legislative History

Learn about the documents produced during the legislative process and how to find and use them.

Transcript

Legislation is created by a process of drafting, discussion, amendment, study, and voting, culminating with a signature from the executive (either the president of the United States or a governor of the state). Until signature, a piece of legislation is still just a bill—a draft, not a law. The legislative process tends to be slow: a bill can take up to two years to become law. It could actually take longer, but if a bill doesn't pass by the end of the congressional term, legislators...