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  1. Thomas • http://thomas.loc.gov • Note: Legislative Process link – How our Laws are Made and Enactment of a Law • Search Multiple, Previous Congresses • Example: 110th and 111th congresses, “credit card”, “enrolled bills sent to the President” • Results: include H.R.627 • Link to the Bill Summary & Status file • All Congressional Actions with Amendments • Note: H. Rept. 111-88 • Note: 3/19/2009 Subcommittee Hearings Held - Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit • Advanced Search • Thomas.loc.gov - Search Multiple Congresses | Search Bill Summary & Status |Try the Advanced Search • 111 Congress • Sponsor: Maloney, Carolyn • Word/Phrase: credit card • Stage in Legislative Process: Public Laws

  2. Thomas – Hearings • Only option is to browse to the Committee (House or Senate) to see if hearing (transcript, audio, video) is posted. • Example: Credit Card Act Hearings, 3/19/2009 • House Financial Services Committee; Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit • Committee Web Page: http://financialservices.house.gov/ • Archive: 3/19/2009 H.R. 627, the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009; and H.R. 1456, the Consumer Overdraft Protection Fair Practices Act of 2009 • Note PDF of official hearing publication (111-17)and also video webcast

  3. Govtrack.us • Govtrack.us • Pulls in information from Thomas • Well thought out presentation of information • Bill Search: H.R.627 • Sponsors/co-sponsors • Summary/text • Project Vote and CRS • Votes • Full text • Bill comparisons – side by side or highlighted • Reports • No committee report? • Floor Speeches • Related Legislation

  4. ProQuest Legislative Insight (LI) and ProQuest Congressional Legislative Insight Congressional • In depth Legislative histories • More PDFs of documents • Try here first then go to Congressional • http://www.law.berkeley.edu/library/ - Databases - ProQuest Legislative Insight • Or directly: http://web.lexis-nexis.com/legisinsight • Still has legislative histories (more than LI at moment, but less indepth, and not as current) • Information on bills that did not pass • http://www.law.berkeley.edu/library/ - Top Databases - ProQuestCongressional • http://web.lexis-nexis.com/congcomp

  5. ProQuest Legislative Insight Compiled Legislative History: Navigation • http://web.lexis-nexis.com/legisinsight • Home: Citation Checker • Note date coverage on left side of screen • PL111-24 | Go to Legislative History • Quick Search: Popular Names of Laws List • Start typing credit card… • Can limit to publication types • Guided Search • Drop down menu of choices • Example: credit card act • Can limit to publication types

  6. ProQuest Legislative Insight Compiled Legislative History: Navigation • Search by Number • Public Law Number 111-24 • Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 or Credit CARD Act of 2009 • Legislative Process • PL111-24 • Can easily limit to view different publication types

  7. ProQuest Legislative Insight: Structure of Compiled Legislative History PL 111-24 • PL111-24 contains 65 publications • Can use drop down boxes at top to sort by publication type or timeline • Bill (HR 627) and Companion/Related • Gives bill progress • Congressional Record – i.e. debate • Reports (110th and 111th Congress) • Related Reports • Hearings (109th, 110th and 111th Congresses) • Many pdfs of hearings - including “digitally signed version” • Committee Prints (109th and 111th Congresses) • Miscellaneous Publications • CRS Reports

  8. ProQuest Legislative Insight: Structure of Compiled Legislative History PL 111-24 • Can search within the 65 publications of the legislative history • Example: search publications – find terms in full text publications • Elizabeth warren – found in 14 publications

  9. ProQuest Legislative Insight: Guided Search • Guided Search • Can limit by publication type and congress • Example: consumer protection act and limited to presidential signing statement

  10. ProQuest Legislative Insight: Historical Documents • Home | Citation Checker or Browse “Total Histories Available on Legislative Insight” • PL 87-195 (Foreign Assistance Act of 1961) • A formal compiled legislative history

  11. ProQuestCongressional • ProQuestCongressional • Legislative history service (also exists in “native” Lexis as CIS but is a stripped down version without pdfs of documents and depth of coverage) • http://www.law.berkeley.edu/library/ - Top Databases - ProQuestCongressional • Or directly: http://web.lexis-nexis.com/congcomp • Congressional Publications • Search Tabs • Basic search • Advanced Search • Search by Number • Congressional Record Only • Legislative Histories, Bills & Laws (left menu item) • Search Tabs • Keyword Search • Get a Document • Alternative Route to legislative histories • Tab: Search by Number | Find a legislative history by number

  12. ProQuest Congressional: Compiled Legislative History • Legislative History of PL 111-24 • Legislative Histories, Bills & Laws – Get a Document • Or Congressional Publications – Search by Number • Public Law Number 111-24 • Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 or Credit CARD Act of 2009

  13. ProQuest Congressional: Advanced Search • Congressional Publications - Advanced Search • Example: “cubanand democracy” and limit to 104thhCongress • Hearings – Digital Collection • Legislative History – PL 104-114 • Reports • Example: Hearings • Example: "north korea" and human rights( date previous 5 years and limited to hearings) • Note: Hearings – Digital Collection • Example: Witness (from drop down menu in advanced search) • Lastname: Warren Firstname: Elizabeth (last five years) • Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights: Providing New Protections for Consumers, March 13,2008 • [Consumer Financial Protection Efforts: Answers Needed], CIS-NO: Not Yet Assigned,

  14. ProQuest Congressional: Search By Number • Congressional Publications - Advanced Search • Search by Number • Example: Find Congressional Publications Related to a bill or Law: HR 927 from 104th Congress • Note: there are some documents here that did not show up in the compiled legislative history of PL 104-114 • CRS report

  15. ProQuest Congressional: CRS Reports • Congressional Publications - Advanced Search • CRS Reports (Congressional Research Service) • “The Congressional Research Service (CRS) was established within the Library of Congress to provide members, committees, and congressional staff with nonpartisan and objective research and analysis on all public policy issues.” • Example: north korea and trade (date: last five years) • OpenCRS - http://opencrs.com/ • Public access to a selection of CRS reports

  16. ProQuest Congressional: Historical Documents • Congressional Publications – Advanced Search • Example: unamerican activities and date between 1947 and 1951 • Committee Prints - Digital Collection • Hearings -- Digital Collection • Serial Set - Digital Collection • Focus search: Brecht • Hearings Regarding the Communist Infiltration of the Motion Picture Industry, DOC-TYPE: Hearings -- Digital Collection, HEARING-ID: HRG-1947-UAH-0014, Oct. 20-24, 27-30, 1947, 552 pp., LexisNexis Congressional Hearings Digital Collection, Full Text Available • Example: “pledge of allegiance” and date limited to between 1950 and 1960 • Hearings – Digital Collection • Serial Set Collection - Digital Collection

  17. HeinOnline: Legislative Resources • http://www.law.berkeley.edu/library.htm |Top Databases |HeinOnline • U.S Federal Legislative History Library • U.S. Federal Legislative History Title Collection • Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act PL 92-203 • Sources of Compiled Legislative History Database • Example: 111-2/S. 181 123 Stat. 5 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Of 2009