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Tracing Legislative History

STEP 1

Your legislative history research should begin with a Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS)number. For example:

KRS 342.817

STEP 2

Go to the history portion at the end of the statute and find the Kentucky Acts chapter and year:

(Enact. Acts 1994, ch. 181, Part 12 47 effective April 14, 1994)

STEP 3

Go to the Kentucky Acts to identify the bill's sponsor and locate the Senate or House bill number at the chapter heading.

CHAPTER 181
HB 928

STEP 4

Use the Final Legislative Record  to find the legislative committee(s) to which the bill was assigned.

Mar 3 - to Labor & Industry
Mar 8 - reported favorably
Mar 17 - received in Senate
Mar 18 - to Labor & Industry
Mar 22 - reported favorably

STEP 5

Check with the Legislative Research Commission library to see if the committee minutes were taped during the session *.

Tapes may be copied for $5.00/tape or you may listen to them in the library.

STEP 6

If the committee meeting was not taped, the summary minutes of the committee hearings can be used.

These are available in the Legislative Research Commission library.

STEP 7

House and Senate Journals  can then be used to trace the action of the bill on chamber floors. These journals will show votes, amendments, and floor action on the bill.

Vote
House - HB 928 (Mar 30) Yeas 90 Nays 6
Senate - HB 928 (Mar 30) Yeas 23 Nays 15

STEP 8

If legislative intent is not included in the bill text or discernable from committee materials:

Contact the bill sponsor or Legislative Research Commission committee staff for background material (if any).

* Senate and House committee hearing audio tapes are made at the discretion of the committee chairman. These tapes are not transcribed verbatim. Video tapes are made of the floor sessions by Kentucky Educational Television. Video tapes, beginning with the 1992 regular session, may be viewed in the Legislative Research Commission library, or purchased for $10/tape.

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