Research guides

Pennsylvania Legislative History

Key Resources

The following are some of the key print and online resources needed when compiling a Pennsylvania legislative history.

Pennsylvania General Assembly Website

The website to the Pennsylvania General Assembly is the website of the Pennsylvania Legislature and includes consolidated and unconsolidated statutes, House and Senate Journals, text of bills and amendments, and much more.

Home Page

Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes

Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes

Bills and Amendments (Bills and Resolutions: 1953-54 - present; Amendments: 2007 - present)
Only bill text and short title are available for sessions prior to 1969. Some search criteria and options may be limited for searches in sessions prior to 1969.

Legislation Enacted (search option, 1975 - present)

Legislation Enacted (browse option, 1975 - present)

House Journals (1949 - present)

Senate Journals (1949 - present)

Research Tip

The Pennsylvania General Assembly website does not store text and history information to amendatory Acts prior to 1990.

Statutes

The Pennsylvania statutes are found in numerous places, including online, on the library's LexisWestlaw, and Bloomberg Law computers, and in print. See the Pennsylvania Statutes guide for more information.

Acts (Laws of Pennsylvania)

The Laws of Pennsylvania are found in numerous places, including online, on member database HeinOnline, on the library's LexisWestlaw, and Bloomberg Law computers, and in print. See the Pennsylvania Session Laws guide for more information.

History of House and Senate Bills

The History is the main source to finding what happened to a bill once it was introduced in the House or Senate. The print History volumes ceased in hard copy after 1998. To find Histories for bills introduced after 1998, use the General Assembly's website.

History of House Bills
Library has 1925 - 1997/1998. Jenkins' has multiple catalog entries for this title. Some volumes may be missing from Jenkins' collection. Contact Research Services at 215.574.1505 or research@jenkinslaw.org for more information.
Publication ceased in hard copy after 1998.

History of Senate Bills
Library has 1923 - 1997/1998. Jenkins' has multiple catalog entries for this title. Some volumes may be missing from Jenkins' collection. Contact Research Services at 215.574.1505 or research@jenkinslaw.org for more information.
Publication ceased in hard copy after 1998.

House and Senate Journals

The House and Senate Legislative Journals include the full text of remarks or debate given from the floor of the House or Senate. Publication of both the House and Senate Journals ceased in hard copy after 2005.

House Legislative Journal
Library has 1792 - 2005. Publication ceased in hard copy after 2005.
Jenkins' has multiple catalog entries for this title. Contact Research Services at 215.574.1505 or research@jenkinslaw.org for more information. Select volumes may be missing from Jenkins' collection.
Available online for 1949 - present via the Pennsylvania General Assembly website.

Senate Legislative Journal
Library has 1790 - 2005. Publication ceased in hard copy after 2005.
Jenkins' has multiple catalog entries for this title. Contact Research Services at 215.574.1505 or research@jenkinslaw.org for more information. Select volumes may be missing from Jenkins' collection.
Available online for 1949 - present via the Pennsylvania General Assembly website.

Research Tip

If conducting a legislative history for an act before 1963, please contact Research Services at 215.574.1505 or research@jenkinslaw.org for guidance.