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Washington State Legislative History

This guide identifies online and print sources for researching the legislative history of bills enacted by the Washington State Legislature.

Bluebook Rules

Legislative materials are addressed in Rule 13 (beginning at page 135).

While most of this rule deals with citing sources from the U.S. Congress, look for subsections dealing with comparable state sources, including:

  • bills and resolutions--Rule 13.2(c) at pp. 136-37
  • hearings--Rule 13.3(b), at p. 138
  • Internet sources--Rule 13.7(b), at p. 141

The rule governing debates only covers the federal Congressional Record  and its predecessors. But debates held in the Washington House or Senate may be important.Refer to Rule 18, The Internet, Electronic Media, and Other Nonprint Resources, pp. 178-89.