A Guide to Gathering and Using Legislative History in Massachusetts

Sean J. Kealy, Boston University School of Law

The article provides an overview of the legislative process in Massachusetts.  It includes sections on:

  • the Massachusetts legislative process and timelines
  • sources of legislative history
  • reconstructing a bill's legislative history
  • where to find Committee and legislative documents, testimony and reports
  • a checklist for gathering legislative history
  • sources
  • and more.

The guide was published in the February 2016 edition of the Massachusetts Law Review, published by the Massachusetts Bar Association.