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Virginia Legal Research

The Law Library has an extensive collection of materials specific to the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Legislative history refers to the progress of a bill through the legislative process and to the documents that are created during that process. Judges and attorneys often turn to these documents to learn why the legislature enacted a particular law or to aid in the interpretation of the law.

Unlike the federal government, Virginia does not keep a significant amount of legislative history documents.

Legislative History Print Resources

The Senate Journal in Virginia contains the proceedings of the Senate for each session. A new set of volumes is issued for each session and the library has volumes dating back to 1950. 

Our collections of the Journal of the Senate of Virginia date back to the establishment of the Commonwealth.

Legislative History Online Resources

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