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Department of Justice Federal Legislative Histories

DOJ.bmpThe U.S. Department of Justice has a new resource online for legal researchers and the general public: Federal Legislative Histories. These legislative histories were compiled by Department of Justice staff for internal employees, but are now available for anyone to read.

Each legislative history includes primary resources that describe the intent of the laws, such as the text of the law, house and/or senate bill reports, transcripts of legislative hearings hearings, and debates published in the Congressional Record.

Some of these legislative histories include publications that may not be publicly available online, such as an excerpt of a 1955 Report of the Attorney General's Committee to Study the Antitrust Laws, part of the history of the Antitrust Civil Process Act of 1962, or a 1985 Office of Technology Assessment Report titled Electronic Surveillance and Civil Liberties, part of the history of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986.

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