legislative history

legislative history
legislative history n: a published record (as of drafts and commentary by the drafters) relating to the passing of particular legislation

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

legislative history
n. The legislature's intentions in enacting a bill into law, as embodied in an explanatory document attached to the bill or in the record of debates pertaining to the bill's enactment.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


legislative history
The discussions and documents, including committee reports, hearings, and floor debates, surrounding and preceding the enactment of a law.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


legislative history
The discussions and documents, including committee reports, hearings, and floor debates, surrounding and preceding the enactment of a law.

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