Committee minutes--also called "Committee Books"--are the official records of the House and Senate committees. Not all historical minutes have survived.
The records of both House and Senate judiciary committees begin in 1883, but most House committee books begin in 1919 and most Senate committee books begin in 1911.
The detail in committee minutes varies, but they may include:
Check the State Archives finding aids/inventories for the House and Senate Committee Books. With the exception of early Judiciary Committee Books, they can be searched online:
Hard-copies of these inventories can be searched in the reading room notebooks, filed under "Legislature: House, Committee Books" or "Legislature: Senate, Committee Books."
Hardcopies of the inventories for the pre-1955 House and pre-1957 Senate Judiciary Committee Books are filed under "Legislature: House: Judiciary Committee" and "Legislature: Senate: Judiciary Committee."
The Finding Aids are arranged by year and then alphabetically by committee name. Use these listings to find and request the box(es) for the committee(s) that heard your bill.
There are a variety of minutes not present in the main House and Senate Committee Books sets. They include older committee books, joint and interim committees, etc.
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