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​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.

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