Legislative History - a compilation of congressional documents produced at each stage of the legislative process.
Black's Law Dictionary definition - "the background and events leading to the enactment of a statute, including hearings, committee reports, and floor debates."
Types of Federal Legislative History
How Is a Legislative History Used?
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Searching by Popular Name
The Office of the Law Revision Counsel provides a Popular Name Tool that lists acts by their well-known names. If you'd like to search the legislative history of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but don't know its public law number or statutory provision, start with the popular name tool.
You will find a history of the bill at the end of each United States Code legislative provision. This history provides the public law number as well as the Statutes at Large citation.
In Westlaw Campus Research, this information is listed under the Credits section of the statute.
If you are reviewing information on the act through Westlaw's Popular Name Table, the information will appear as such: