Legislative history refers to the documents and materials that are produced through the legislative process. There are a variety of reasons for looking at legislative history. It can help determine legislative intent when a statute is ambiguous. It can help explain why specific language was used or removed. It may help a researcher understand the origins of a statute.
Depending on when a statute was enacted or amended, you may be looking at:
This guide covers resources currently available at the Oregon State Legislative website and the Oregon State Archives’ website. The researcher should contact a reference librarian at an academic or government law library for additional research assistance.