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Tracing a Bill


The legislative history of a bill is a record of its course through Congress. Each step during passage is documented. Once a bill is passed it becomes a law. The yellow tab to the left entitled "Tracing a Bill" describes this process in greater detail.

The tab "Indexes to Legislative History," describes the publications and online resources that serve as indexes to the entire legislative history of a bill.

State legislation often follows a different process than Congressional legislation. The tab "Tracing State legislation" describes the process for locating and tracking state bills and laws.

Listed below are several guides that explain the legislative process in detail. 


Created & Revised by

Kristi S. Nilsen, 2/72;

L. Browning/Matt Newell/A. Shaw, 1/76;

A. Shaw, 9/76;

Thomas Reynolds, 2/79;

Deborah Mongeau, 6/91, 3/98, 6/04, 5/06, 3/18, 2/19, 2/22;

Hailie Posey, 3/10;

Anthony Loffredio, 12/12

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