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Legislative History

A legislative history is a record of the materials generated as a piece of legislation goes through the legislative process. A legislative history for a bill begins when the bill is introduced in either the Florida Senate or Florida House of Representatives and ends when the bill either is enacted into law or is not enacted into law due to lack of support from the legislature or the governor.

As a bill works its way through the legislative process, various resources are generated, including different versions of the bill, committee reports, and voting histories.

On the websites of the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives, these materials are found on the webpage of the the bill. For example, to find legislative history materials for Senate Bill 92 in the 2013 Florida Legislature, you need to go to the page on Senate Bill 92.

Legislative Intent

Perhaps the primary reason for compiling a legislative history is to try to determine legislative intent; in other words, determining why the Florida Legislature passed a piece of legislation.

A good place to start the process of determining legislative intent is a bill analysis, which is a report on the proposed piece of legislation by the committees of the Florida Legislature that had been assigned the task of examining the proposed legislation.

On the websites of the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives, the bill or "staff" analyses are attached to the bill.  For example, to find the bill analyses for Senate Bill 92 in the 2013 Florida Legislature, you need to go to the page on Senate Bill 92.

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