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Law and Capitalism in America

This guide provides helpful research resources for the Law and Capitalism in American class.

Overview

Legislative history refers to the documents produced by the legislature as a bill is introduced, studied and debated.  The intent of the legislature is one of the arguments you can use when arguing how a ambiguous statute should be interpreted.  Legislative histories for major laws are sometimes compiled and published in a single collection. These compilations can be very helpful because they gather all of the legislative sources relating to a law in one place. Therefore, it may be worth your while to determine if one of these exists before attempting to compile the sources on your own.

For information on finding legislative history, use the following research guides & resources:

Legislative History Compilations

Tracking Bills

Federal

Ohio

Other States

  • Nexis Uni State Bill tracking
  • Lexis & Westlaw – just as Lexis & Westlaw have bill tracking for Federal material, they also have it for the states.  Locate the appropriate jurisdiction to find the applicable database.
  • State websites – many state websites have bill tracking capabilities.
  • National Conference of State Legislatures, http://www.ncsl.org 

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