Oregon Legislative History Research Online
There is an impressive amount of Oregon legislative material online. If you know how to find it. Here is a step by step guide to figuring out what the legislature was thinking. (Upfront attribution: Everything I know I learned from now Appellate Judge Becky Duncan. Here are the materials from when she spoke at MPD: [Duncan - Legislative Hx].)
- Get the Law Number. It will be at the end of the statute indicating the year, chapter and section of creation or amendment. It will look something like 2007, c 123, S 10. Once you get the cite, you can find the laws here.
- Get the Bill Number. It will be at the top of the law and will look like: SB 1282 or HB 999.
- Get the Staff Summary of the Bill. Online after 1997.
- Get the Legislative Tracing for a summary of the bill's path to becoming a law. Think I'm Just a Bill. Available Online after 1989.
- Get the full Chronological History here.
- Using the information from the bill's path through the legislature, you can get committee minutes and even some committee audio recordings (look under "Audio Archives").