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HED 649: Law & Policy in Higher Education

Finding Legislative History

Legislative history can provide insight into the intent of a law through examination of bills, committee hearing transcripts, committee hearing reports, congressional debates, and other documents such as committee prints or presidential messages. Before beginning the legislative history research, it is important to identify the law by its public law citation or its Statutes at Large citation (e.g. P.L. 107-110; 30 Stat. 750) as well as its bill number and the Congress of the Act or Resolution (e.g. H.R. 1 from the 107th Congress). If you have the popular name of the statute (e.g. No Child Left Behind) you can often find this information through a web browser.

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