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Tracking the Status of Federal & California Bills

You can check the status of pending federal and California legislation online, using print materials or by telephone. This guide will show you how.

Tracking Federal Legislation on the Web

Library of Congress Congress.gov site has detailed status information, with links to the text of amendments and the Congressional Record, beginning with the 101st Congress (1989-90). Basic status information is available beginning with the 93rd Congress (1973-74).

You can retrieve status information by such search options as: bill number; subject; key word; title; sponsor; status.

Tracking Federal Legislation on Lexis

Lexis sources are available for the current Congress (see link below) and for prior Congresses beginning with the 101st (1989-90). Source names for prior congresses follow the pattern "Congressional Bill Tracking Reports - 101st Congress, Archive"

Tracking Federal Legislation on Westlaw

Tracking Federal Legislation In Print or By Phone

In Print

Use the Congressional Index, KF 49 .C6 Law Reference (earlier editions — from 1969 — in Law Compact Storage, lower level of the library).

Check the "Status of Senate Bills" section or the "Status of House Bills" section in the appropriate volume. A subject index is also available.

By Phone

Call the Office of Legislative Information at 202-225-1772 with the bill number in question.

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