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Federal Congressional Procedure & Legislative History : Legislative Process

A guide to researching the procedure of the United State Congress and the legislative history of federal laws.

Legislative History Flow Chart

For an expanded version of this guide, with step by step instructions, see this one page PDF.

Legislative history flow chart

Chart from:
Tarlton Law Library’s Federal Legislative History Research guide

How a Bill Becomes a Law


See Introduction to the Legislative Process in the U.S. Congress
from the Congressional Research Service and
this video on the legislative process from

Law Group


University of Wisconsin Law Library Reference Staff


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