Legislative History: The record of all legislative actions occurring in order to pass a bill. The steps taken in
this procedure include: bill introduction, committee hearings, floor debate, amendments (committee and floor) to the bill,
enrollment, action taken by the governor (veto, enactment without action, or approval), and the assignment of an act number.
The following areas of this website can assist in researching the Legislative History.
From the menu bar at the top of most pages, you can access Laws
section of our site. From there, you can navigate the Table of Contents to the Louisiana Laws, jump directly to a specific
section of law, or perform a text search across one or more law bodies. At the end of most sections, a paragraph will include the
Act number(s) which enacted and modified that section of the law (e.g., Acts 1986, No. 697).
From the menu bar at the top of most pages, you can access the Bills
section of our site. From there, you can pick a legislative session and identify the legislative instrument of interest. You can
locate instruments by type (HB, SB, etc) or by Act number. If you wish to locate by Act number, simply select Act as the instrument type.
From the menu bar at the top of most pages, you can access the Session Information pages. These pages
will link to a variety of session reports and publications which may be of use to you. This includes, but is not limited to:
WHERE TO FIND MORE ASSISTANCE:
- The Resume' numerically lists each act that passed in a given legislative
session, along with a digest and the original House or Senate bill number.
- The Legislative Calendar provides a chronological history of each instrument. This includes dates of action, Journal pages where actions
are recorded, whether the instrument was amended in committee or on the floor, a vote tally, the act number, and the effective date.
- The House and Senate each keep their own separate Journals. The Journals are arranged chronologically by the days in which
the legislature met while in session. The information contained within the Journals is arranged in the order in which action was taken
on the House or Senate floor. If the action was the adoption of an amendment, the entry will provide the text of that amendment. If a
vote on the floor of either house was a record vote, the entry will provide a roll call list with the vote of each member. Votes on
final passage on the floor of each house are record votes. Committee votes are not record votes. The reports of legislative committees
are noted in the Journals, but the vote on reporting each instrument is noted only by the number of votes for and against, and
not by roll call.
HOUSE AND SENATE SERVICES:
- Each parish court usually has a law library with copies of the Resume', Legislative Calendar, and Journals.
Most of the parish public libraries have the same publications.
- Louisiana State University, Southern University, Tulane University, and Loyola University have law school libraries which carry
Louisiana’s legislative publications.
- The State Library of Louisiana has a Louisiana Section reference room. They can be reached at (225) 342-4914 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org for e-mail access. Their website is
The following items may be obtained from the Docket of the House or Senate:
- Legislative instruments: bills, amendments, digests, fiscal notes
- Legislative Calendar pages
- Journal pages
- Minutes of committee meetings
- Audio tapes of the proceedings of committee meetings. 1998 to the present date are available from House or Senate Docket. Prior to
that date, audio tapes are available at the Office of Archives & Records Management, La. Secretary of State: 225-922-1209.
Floor debate is not transcribed, nor are minutes of floor debate prepared in print. However, beginning
with the 1999 Regular Session, audio or video of House committee and floor debates can be
House Docket (for House instruments): (225) 342-6458
Senate Docket (for Senate instruments): (225) 342-2365