Legislative Intent Research Basics

Legislative Intent Research Basics

Statutes frequently contain ambiguous or unclear language. When this occurs, researching the Legislature’s intent in enacting a particular law often becomes necessary. In this video, learn how to research a California statute and gain resources to engage in basic legislative intent research yourself.

Topic includes:

– Legislative history research: what it can do and common use cases

– The process of researching legislative history

– Determining the particular session law (“chapter”) or bill number to research

– Key terms and the different types of documents that make up legislative history

Please note each video is designed for continuous viewing until its conclusion. The viewing of this online video meets the criteria for “participatory” continuing legal education credit as verified by the Sacramento County Public Law Library, an approved State Bar of California MCLE provider according to the State Bar of California MCLE Rules & Requirements [Rule 2.72].

MCLE Credit

1 hour

Viewing Time

59 minutes

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