A legislative history is a compilation of documents produced at each stage of the legislative process. this reportLegislative History Research: A Guide to Resources for Congressional Staff
Treaties can also have a legislative history, commonly called working documents or travaux préparatoires. Talk to a librarian or see the Public International Law Research Guide for guidance.
Legislative history documents may be used:
The more detail you can begin with the easier your research often becomes. Some indexes and search services may ask you to use specific features of a piece of legislation to help find it. The more information you have, the more you can be sure you're finding what you need. Having these details can make your online or print searches much more precise, saving time and creating better research. When discussing US federal laws, you want to know: