Legislative Research Guide

Former Vermont Secretary of State William Slade once noted that “Every government… should possess, and should place within reach of the people, a complete history of its own legislation.” Legislative history allows us to understand the evolution of our current laws; their intent; and ultimately lets us measure the effectiveness of public policies.

Legislative research frequently requires compiling information from many different sources. This guide outlines the types of legislative resources that are available and where to find them, and offers tips on how to use them.

This page was last updated: 2018-02-13