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Legislative Process

Major print and online sources for the study of the legislative process, including bill drafting, lobbying, and statutory interpretation

Introduction

While a legislative body is considering bills, interested parties have an opportunity to share their opinions on whether a particular bill is a good idea. Advocacy groups, professional organizations, lobbyists employed by a wide range of commercial and other interests, and ordinary citizens can influence the discussion and outcome of legislation.

Guidance on Writing a Lobbying Letter

If you run an Internet search for "how to write a lobbying letter," you will find lots of advice. Below are some selected examples.

Government Agencies

Books & Articles

In addition to searching the journals and law review collections on Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and/or Westlaw, consider using LegalTrac to find articles. Relevant subject headings include:

  • Legislators--Ethical Aspects
  • Lobbyists
  • Lobbying
  • Political Action Committees
  • Special Interest Groups