LOUISIANA LEGISLATIVE HISTORY
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What is a Legislative History?
What Documents Are Used To Compile A Louisiana Legislative History?
Official information generated before a bill becomes a law make a legislative history. These include edited versions of a bill, committee hearing minutes or recordings about a bill, and legislative calendar and journal entries which track bill progress through the legislative process.
Unofficial sources can also be helpful and include directories of phone numbers as well as law review and newspaper articles.
From 1997 to the present, all available legislative history documents (except committee minutes) are online at the Legislature's web site: www.legis.state.la.us . Minutes can be ordered from the House or Senate Docket, which charge a fee for their services.
The House has video of all house committee meetings available online from 1999 to the present: www.house.louisiana.gov (click on Video Archives). From 2004 to the present, meetings can be accessed by "Video On Demand." From 2003 back to 1999, videos are "Available Only by Request" and must be scheduled for viewing.
The Senate has Committee meeting videos available online from 2008 at senate.legis.state.la.us.
The legislature's archives has some hearing audiotapes back to the 1980s.
Important Louisiana phone numbers:
Public Update Legislative Service: 800.256.3793 (PULS Line)
This line is free for Louisiana callers outside of Baton Rouge. Legislative staff will answer questions.
To contact lawmakers in the House: 225.342.6945
House Fax: 225.342.8336
House Docket Room: 225.342.6458
To contact lawmakers in the Senate: 225.342.2040
Senate Fax: 225.342.0617
Senate Docket Room: 225.342.2365
The following libraries are good places to get information, to verify dates and to get bill numbers over the telephone:
State Library of Louisiana, Louisiana Section: 225.342.4914
Law Library of Louisiana 504.310.2515
(800.820.3038 outside the New Orleans area)