Legislative History Research Guide : New York State Legislative Research
The legislative history of a law is comprised of the documents created during deliberations leading to the law's enactment. They are used to determine the legislature's intended purpose and to clarify any ambiguities in the language.
- Gail Whittemore -
Current and Historical New York Legislative Documents
Historical New York Governor's Bill Jackets (Legislative Histories of New York Laws): Bill jackets contain memoranda and letters associated with a bill, but not committee reports, hearings, or debates.
This is the official repository of New York State Government records having permanent legal and historical value. Some of the legislative, judicial and executive agency records it holds are available on the website, along with exhibits and photographs.
Attorneys who are New York State residents and are admitted to practice in New York State are eligible to receive a NYS Library Attorney Borrower's Card. These borrower’s cards begin with a "P" number. Click here for additional resource description available with this card.
(New York City Bar) - defines unusual phrases such as "enacting clause stricken," used "when the main sponsor of a bill removes their support for the bill and the title has been deleted. Bill is considered dead unless another legislator decides to sponsor the bill."
The Center released a report in 2004, criticizing "the pervasive dysfunction in New York's legislative process and offering a blueprint for reform." Updates of the report in 2006 and 2009 found no substantial improvement, noting that "[i]n 2006 and 2007, most standing committees met infrequently or not at all. There were almost no hearings on major legislation. Not a single major bill was the subject of a detailed committee report . . . And on the floor, there was little substantive debate. . . ."