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Reconstructing the legislative history of a Massachusetts statute has always been “difficult at best.” Sean J. Kealy, a clinical associate professor of law at the Boston University School of Law has written “A Guide to Gathering and Using Legislative History in Massachusetts” in the latest volume of the Massachusetts Law Review.

The article provides an explanation of the legislative process and makes reference to sources that reveal the progress of a bill to law, both online and in print. It updates earlier guides, including Anthony J. Burke and Mary McLellan’s Guide to Massachusetts Legislative and Government Research published by the Mass. General Court’s Legislative Service Bureau in 1981 (available online through the Internet Archive), and Mary Ann Neary’s Massachusetts Legislative History Guide (2002), available from the State Library of Massachusetts.

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