DOJ Legislative Histories

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • September 27, 2014

A collection of federal legislative histories created by U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) library staff over the years, and previously available only to DOJ staff members, is now digitized and available to everyone here on the DOJ web site. Included …

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New on HeinOnline: Congressional Hearings

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • March 17, 2012

HeinOnline has just announced the addition of more than 3,000 Congressional Hearings to its U.S. Congressional Documents Collection.  The documents, from law firm Covington & Burling’s prestigious collection of Government Printing Office hearings, span the period from 1927 (71st Congress) …

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Congress- past and present

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • April 8, 2011
For a virtual library cat, I can be kind of geeky. I LOVE prowling the web for legislative history. My all-time favorite site for legislative history research – LexisNexis Congressional – has recently been bought and undergone a name change. …

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NY State Newspapers Database

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • March 26, 2011

For law students trying to find background and public opinion for New York legislation and legislative history, this database is a find. New York State Newspapers contains more than 2 million articles from over 40 newspapers representing regions and communities …

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Dodd-Frank Legislative History on HeinOnline

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • January 29, 2011

A legislative history of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law in July 2010, is now available in the Taxation and Economic Reform in America library on HeinOnline. This compilation includes more than 140 …

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Bill Jackets Online

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • November 17, 2010

An update to this post from two years ago: bill jackets through 2008 are now available online. (Bill jackets contain the most important legislative history documents for New York statutes.)

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat…

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Dodd-Frank Legislative History Webpage

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • November 10, 2010

Two years ago we mentioned that the Legislative Sourcebook on the website of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C. is a great source of compiled legislative histories (where someone has already compiled the legislative history documents, or at least …

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Bill Jackets in the News

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • June 28, 2009

There has been a lot of controversy recently related to bill jackets in the New York State Senate.

Bill jackets are, not surprisingly, jackets–or folders–for bills. As Bill Manz writes in Gibson’s New York Legal Research Guide, “Engrossing a …

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Legislative Histories Online

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • September 13, 2008

Finding compiled legislative histories for federal laws can be a challenge, even though many are now available to law students on commercial databases like Lexis, Westlaw, and HeinOnline, and some are on free web sites of U.S. government agencies, libraries, …

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New York Legislative History

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • August 24, 2008

The New York State Archives has put Bill Jackets for 2005 and 2006 online. (Those who have dealt with New York legislative history probably remember that bill jackets are about all the legislative history that exists for New York laws.) …

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