Legislative Histories - Record Availability

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Information about bills introduced during the current Legislature, which consists of the regular and special sessions that take place during a two-year biennium, is located on the Legislature's web site. Information from previous biennia is stored at the State Capitol in Lincoln. Check below to find out where information about your bill of interest is located.

NOTE: Since bills reach different stages in the legislative process, the documents listed may not be available for all bills. Also, due to different storage processes and technology in earlier biennia, certain types of information may not be available.

Where are the documents located?

  • Documents will be available on the Bill Search and microfilm.

What information is available?

  • Introduced bill (web)
  • Final Reading bill (web)
  • Amendments (web)
  • Committee statements (web)
  • Statement of Intent (web)
  • Fiscal note (web)
  • Slip law (web)
  • Floor debate transcript (microfilm)
  • Committee hearing transcript (microfilm)
  • Committee hearing exhibits (microfilm)

Where are the documents located?

What information is available?

  • Introduced bill (web)
  • Final Reading bill (web)
  • Amendments (web)
  • Committee statements (web)
  • Statement of Intent (web)
  • Fiscal note (web)
  • Slip law (web)
  • Floor debate transcript (microfilm)
  • Committee hearing transcript (microfilm)
  • Committee hearing exhibits (microfilm)

Where are the documents located?

What information is available?

Notes in italics denote directions for locating the documents on microfilm.

  • Introduced bill
  • Statement of Intent (Located immediately following the day's hearings. 1961 and 1963 statements might be in the Bill Book.)
  • Committee statement (Located in the Bill Book until 1982, and then in the Minute Book. On tapes prior to 1965, the Minute Book precedes the Bill Book)
  • Executive Session notes (These may not exist for all years. The last page of the committee hearing should identify the date of the executive session. Notes may be arranged chronologically, at the end of hearings, or, for some committees, together with other executive sessions before or after the Minute Book.)
  • Public hearing testimony (in chronological order)
  • Floor debate transcripts, if available (Recording was begun in 1961, but was not done consistently until 1973.)

Where are the documents located?

What information is available?

Records for this period are very scant. Committee and floor debate records are not available because there was no recording equipment. Many documents will not be available. The list below identifies the most commonly available documents for this era.

  • Public hearing notes
  • Committee statement

Where are the documents located?

  • Documents from this time period are not available.

What information is available?

  • Documents from this time period are not available.

A gutted bill is one that, when introduced, addressed a certain subject matter but whose contents were changed during the legislative process. A bill’s content can be "gutted" entirely and replaced with new content, or other provisions can be added to the bill’s original content.

Gutting can make constructing a legislative history difficult. Beginning in 1991, the chronology of bills in the "Legislative Journal" will contain a citation if a bill has had other bills amended into it. Determining whether a bill prior to 1991 was gutted can be difficult; the first sign that a bill was gutted may be that the public hearing testimony (original bill) is not related to the bill as it was passed (gutted bill). However, you may find a reference to the content of the original bill in the floor debate records.