A "legislative history" is a generic term used to refer to a variety of documents produced during the enactment process before the legislation becomes law; it does not refer to a single document or research tool. A legislative history is a secondary source often used by courts to interpret the law.
The following are the main sources of legislative history. Usually information from more than one of these sources is necessary to determine legislative intent.
Sources of compiled legislative histories:
Unannotated codes includes the text of the statutes and history notes identifying the origin and amendments for each statute.
Annotated codes have the same unannotated information plus case citations interpreting the statute, regulations pertaining to the statute, and secondary sources discussing the statute