A legislative history is a collection of the documents that are generated when a bill works its way through the legislative process.
One of the primary reasons a legislative history is compiled is to determine legislative intent; in other words, why Congress passed this particular piece of legislation.
The following are some of the pieces of a legislative history:
- Versions of the bill
- Committee Hearings
- Committee Reports
- Congressional Documents
- Committee Prints
- Congressional Debates
Diagram Source: University of Notre Dame Law School