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Major print and online sources for the study of the legislative process, including bill drafting, lobbying, and statutory interpretation
Other U.S. States
Overview of the U.S. Legislative Process
Guide to Congress, 6th ed.
Call Number: Reference Office (JK1021 .C565 2008)
Publication Date: 2008
An encyclopedic treatment of the history, operations, and procedures of the US Congress. Available
Selected Congressional Research Service Reports on Congress and Its Procedures [Law Librarians' Society of Washington, DC]
Includes links to reports on amendments, bills, calendars, conference committees, the Congressional Record, filibusters, floor procedures, hearings, markups, vetoes, and other matters.
How Our Laws Are Made
Prepared by the Parliamentarian of the U.S. House of Representatives (2003).
A Citizen's Guide to Effective Legislative Participation [Washington Legislature]
Glossary of Legislative Terms [Washington Legislature]
How a Bill Becomes a Law [Washington Legislature]
A simplified explanation in cartoon-like panels.
Legislative Manual [Washington Legislature]
Includes joint rules and rules for the House and Senate. Current edition.
Overview of the Legislative Process [Washington Legislature]
A detailed explanation.
Sine Die: A Guide to the Washington State Legislative Process
Edward D. Seeberger
Call Number: Reference Area & Reference Office (JK9271 .S44 1997)
Publication Date: 1997
Other U.S. States
Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure
American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries Staff
Call Number: Classified Stacks (JF515 .M33 1989)
Publication Date: 1989
The only parliamentary manual designed specifically for state legislatures. 2010 edition available via
Inside the Legislative Process [National Conference of State Legislatures]
Detailed surveys on virtually every aspect of the organization and work of state legislatures.
Legislative Process, 3d ed.
Abner J. Mikva & Eric Lane
Call Number: Classified Stacks (KF4945 .M55 2009)
Publication Date: 2009
Explores American legislative institutions and the processes by which they consider and enact legislation. Discusses bills and statutes, committee reports and debates, legislative rules, constitutional provisions, and other legislative authorities.
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