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Iowa Legislative History: Step 1: Before you Begin

Can I Find Legislative History Information for Iowa?

Legislative history information for Iowa laws is much more limited than what is available for U.S. federal laws. That said, it is possible to locate some Iowa legislative history, and Iowa courts have cited to legislative history documents.

The book Legislative History Records KFI 4275.M36 1999 discusses Iowa legislative history materials and provides an example of how these sources have been used in Iowa courts to interpret statutory intent.

Selected case cites are also included throughout this guide to illustrate how different sources have been used by Iowa courts in determining legislative intent.

Do I Need to Create My Own History?

Before you dive into the time consuming process of identifying and tracking down the documents that provide insight into the legisture's intent in enacting a law, complete the following steps to make sure you really need to compile the legislative history.

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