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Legislative Insight

Point of use instruction for researchers

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This page shows to more complex functions within Legislative Insight.  The first box, at the top of the page is to find public laws that enacted or amended a particular section of the US Code.  The second box (further down this page) shows how to use the Legislative Process link to focus on any conference reports that exist within a legislative history.

Find Public Laws that enacted or amended a particular section of the US Code

When a public law is published in slip law form, the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, provides marginal editorial notes giving citations to laws mentioned in the text. The marginal notes also give the United States Code classifications enabling the reader to know where the law will appear in the Code. These notes appear in the Legislative Insight compiled legislative history and are searchable on the Home screen or in a Quick or Guided Search. We currently use the citation format for the United States Code Service, the LexisNexis published version, or "USCS".

To find the public law that enacted or amended a section of the US Code, on the Home screen, type the citation in double quotes in this format "XX USCS YYYY" where XX is the Title (1-51) and YYYY is the section. Do not include subsections such as (a), (b) etc.

If you have ProQuest Congressional, the text of the US Code, including the History section, is included in the Basic subscription. You can use the Search by Number form to enter the Code section to read the History and Amendments section to determine which public law amended the subsection or language you are researching.

Here is the slip law- you can see the US Code citation in the margin.

Next, I might want to find out if any of the reports or other publications in the legislative history discussed the phrase "knowingly and willfully"? As luck would have it, you can find out on page 3 of this report.

Getting to Conference Reports

the legislative process link

 

 

Once you are in a legislative history, to find a conference report, click on the link in the blue/gray box to Legislative Process.  

 

(Only use the Legislative Process link at the top of the page - in the white section - if you want to look up a different bill).

selecting the conference materials

 

 

 

From the Legislative Process page, first clear all selections.  

Next, check the box in the part of the process The Bill Goes To Conference.

On the left side, any conference reports, or bills that came about as the result of the conference, will appear.  (Note - this legislative history has the distinction of having 3 conference reports).