Commentary on Legislative History

The following articles provide information regarding legislative history resources and/or the value and use of legislative histories:

Bernard W. Bell, Legislative History without Legislative Intent: The Public Justification Approach to Statutory Interpretation, 60 Ohio St. L.J. 1 (1999).

Kathryn Marie Dessayer, The First Word: The President’s Place in “Legislative History”, 89 Mich. L. Rev. 399 (1990).

Reed Dickerson, Statutory Interpretation: Dipping into Legislative History, 11 Hofstra L. Rev. 1125 (1983).

William N. Eskridge, Jr., Should the Supreme Court Read the Federalist but not Statutory Legislative History?, 66 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1301 (1998).

Marc N. Garber & Kurt A. Wimmer, Presidential Signing Statements as Interpretations of Legislative Intent: An Executive Aggrandizement of Power, 24 Harv. J. on Legis. 363 (1987).

Mark R. Killenbeck, A Matter of Mere Approval? The Role of the President in the Creation of Legislative History, 48 Ark. L. Rev. 239 (1994).

Michael H. Koby, The Supreme Court’s Declining Reliance on Legislative History: The Impact of Justice Scalia’s Critique, 36 Harv. J. on Legis. 369 (1999).

Honorable Alex Kozinski, Should Reading Legislative History be an Impeachable Offense, 31 Suffolk U.L. Rev. 807 (1998).

Michael A. Livingston, Congress, the Courts, and the Code: Legislative History and the Interpretation of Tax Statutes, 69 Tex. L. Rev. 819 (1991).

Note, Why Learned Hand Would Never Consult Legislative History Today, 105 Harv. L. Rev. 1005 (1992).

Michael B. Slade, Democracy in the Details: A Plea for Substance over Form in Statutory Interpretation, 37 Harv. J. on Legis. 187 (2000).

W. David Slawson, Legislative History and the Need to Bring Statutory Interpretation Under the Rule of Law, 44 Stan. L. Rev. 383 (1992).

Charles Tiefer, The Reconceptualization of Legislative History in the Supreme Court, 2 Wis. L. Rev. 205 (2000).

Robert G. Vaughn, A Comparative Analysis of the Influence of Legislative History on Judicial Decision-Making and Legislation, 7 Ind. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 1 (1996).

Adrian Vermeule, Legislative History and the Limits of Judicial Competence: The Untold Story of Holy Trinity Church, 50 Stan. L. Rev. 1833 (1998).

Patricia M. Wald, The Sizzling Sleeper: The Use of Legislative History in Construing Statutes in the 1988-89 Term of the United States Supreme Court, 39 Am. U.L. Rev. 277 (1990).

Nicholas S. Zeppos, The Use of Authority in Statutory Interpretation: An Empirical Analysis, 70 Tex. L. Rev. 1073 (1992).

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