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Researching Legislative Records

To conduct legislative research, Archives staff must have:

  • Specific bill number and year 
  • OR “Laws of Florida” or “session laws” number
  • Archives staff can only research two session laws per request.
  • You are responsible for determining which specific law(s) you want researched.
  • Archives staff cannot examine statutes to determine the relevancy of certain laws.

Cassettes or reel-to-reel tapes of committee meetings and Senate and House floor discussions:

  • Are arranged by date of committee meeting or senate/house floor discussion.
  • May be of less than ideal sound quality.
  • Archives staff CANNOT listen and determine content of tapes or record only those portions relating to a particular bill or specific portion of a bill. 
  • Patrons will need to obtain tapes for specific dates and listen to find the portion that relates to the specific bill they are researching.

How we complete your requests:

  •  Legislative requests are completed in the order they are received.
    • We cannot place your order ahead of earlier requests.
  •  Normally, we can complete a request and call you back the day after you make the request.
    • For more complicated requests and requests for tapes, we may need additional days.
    • For faster service, visit the Archives in person or hire a private research firm.

Information provided may not be conclusive or exhaustive and serves as a beginning for your independent research. We encourage you to visit the Archives and conduct legislative research in person whenever possible. 

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.