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Legislative Insight is a Federal legislative history service containing full-text publications generated by Congress during the process leading up to the enactment of U.S. Public Laws.


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What a is Legislative History?

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 histories enable users to trace the development of a public law from its early consideration to its enactment, including development that spans more than one Congress.


ProQuest Legislative Insight

This database provides access to Congressional legislative histories, 1953-Present.  The legislative histories are comprised of fully searchable PDFs of full-text publications generated in the course of congressional lawmaking. These include the full text of the Public Law itself, all versions of related bills, law-specific Congressional Record excerpts, committee hearings, reports, and prints.

Who Should Use it?

Legislative histories may be used to discover the legislative intent behind a specific law, as well as offering insight into laws of general interest to political science and history students, as well as to students preparing for careers in public health, education, business, or any other discipline subject to Federal regulation.


Who might be interested:

  • Scholars 
  • Journalists
  • Interested Citizens
  • Students of the U.S. legislative system


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