Skip to Main Content
University of Oregon
UO Libraries

Oregon Legislative History Research

How to use this Guide

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:

  • online resources at either the Oregon State Legislature or Oregon State Archives’ websites
  • print resources
  • microfilm
  • combination of all of these

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.

How an Idea Becomes a Law

Law Library Help

Chat Email Phone

University of Oregon Libraries
1501 Kincaid Street Eugene, OR
T: (541) 346-3053
F: (541) 346-3485
Make a Gift