Researching legislative history in New York involves original research of documentary records in various forms, such as a sponsor's memo, the Governor's approval message, memoranda from State agencies and legislators, and comments or reports from legislative committees, commissions, bar associations, and lobbying groups. New York's Legislature is composed of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate, each having its own archive of material.
Step 1: Find the law's citation
Step 2: Locate a bill and introducer's memoranda
Step 3: Review transcripts of debates and hearings
Step 4: Review the bill jacket
Several libraries have put together excellent, detailed guides on New York's legislative history. We encourage you to review the following libraries' guides and resources:
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