Courts may or may not rely upon the legislative history documents. In Ohio, legislative history documents are not "of record", unlike federal legislative history, so they are not required to be retained. The weight given by courts to various types of legislative history documents is discussed with the Types of Legislative History of this guide. For more info see OJur3d Statutes, Sections 165-168.
Westlaw is available in the Franklin County Law Library Computer Labs.
The Ohio Legislative History database on Westlaw contains: Bill Analyses beginning in 1997-1998 through current session, Committee Synopses beginning in 2001-2002 through current session, Conference Committee Synopses beginning in 2001-2002 through current session, House Journals beginning in 2003-2004 through current session, Senate Journals beginning in 2005-2006 through current session, Governor's Messages beginning in 2000 through 2010 session, Bill Tracking: Summaries and status information concerning current OH legislation, Fiscal Notes, Committee Reports and Veto Messages from Netscan legislative history.
Sometimes the meaning of a statute is unclear. Legislative history documents may shed light on what the General Assembly intended when they passed legislation (legislative intent). Legislative history documents are materials issued when the bill was going through the legislative process. A Guide to Legislative History in Ohio is a good source from the Ohio Legislative Services Commission.
To identify legislative history documents for a particular Ohio Revised Code section, look at the History/Credits underneath the text of the statute in an annotated code. Identify the Act (Session Law) you are interested in.
If the Act was passed 1989 or later, a great place to start is Hannah (Ohio) Capitol Connection, available in the Franklin County Law Library Computer Labs. For Acts 1997 and later, the Ohio General Assembly's webpage has many documents accessible. The main legislative history documents in Ohio are bills and Session Laws, and Legislative Service Commission Analysis.
For more details, see additional pages in this guide:
The links go to where these documents are available on the free web. For information on how to find older documents and Lexis/Westlaw links, see Types of Legislative History Documents page in this guide.
|Committee holds hearing||Committee Prints (research reports)||LSC Staff Research Reports|
|Committee recommends legislation||House/Senate Reports||Status Reports of Legislation|
|Debates and Votes||
Congressional Record - debates
House/Senate Journal - votes
The Ohio Channel - debates
House/Senate Journals - votes
|Amended bill sent to conference committee||Conference Report|
|Bill Becomes Law||
United States Statutes at Large
Laws of Ohio (session laws)
Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents