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Pennsylvania Legislative History: PA Laws Passed Before 1993

This guide defines "legislative history", reviews the Pennsylvania legislative process, and reviews what types of Pennsylvania legislative history documents are available.

Overview

The Pennsylvania General Asssembly's Web site allows users to conduct comprehensive legislative histories for bills passed from 1993 to date, and partial legislative histories for bills passed from 1975 to 1992. Researchers compiling legislative histories for laws passed prior to 1975 must use print resources.

Pennsylvania Laws Passed from 1975 to 1992

For laws passed between 1975 and 1992, the Pennsylvania General Assembly Web site includes:

  • The amended versions of the bills
  • The Pennsylvania House Journal

The Pennsylvania General Assembly's Web site does not include the Pennsylvania Senate Journal prior to 1993. Researchers who want to review debates or comments published in the Pennsylvania Senate Journal prior to 1993 must use the print version.

Philadelphia's Jenkins Law Library has the Senate Journal prior to 193 in its collection. Jenkins also provides online versions of Pennsylvania legislative histories to its members. More information about the Pennsylvania legislative history services provided by Jenkins Law Library is available here.

Pennsylvania Laws Passed Prior to 1975

Researchers assembling legislative histories for laws passed before 1975 must use print resources to access the House Journals and Senate Journals for those laws. Instructions on how to research print versions of the House Journal and the Senate Journal are outside the scope of this research guide.

Philadelphia's Jenkins Law Library the House Journal and Senate Journal prior to 1975 in its collection. Jenkins also provides online versions of Pennsylvania legislative histories to its members. More information about Pennsylvania legislative history services provided by Jenkins Law Library is available here.

These research guides provide guidance on how to compile legislative histories for Pennsylvania laws passed before 1975: