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Using Internet Resources

It is possible to compile a Delaware legislative history online, but only for recent acts (within the last 5 years or so). To research older acts you must use paper sources.

  • Westlaw - Bills, amendments and their synopsis notes from 1991 on are in the DE-BILLS and DE-BILLS-OLD databases.
  • Lexis - Bills are in the DE Advanced Legislative Service database (1989-current). The bills sometimes have synopsis notes but Lexis's coverage of synopsis notes is very haphazard. Note that the Lexis field labeled "synopsis" does not contain the official synopsis note.
  • HeinOnline - HeinOnline's Session Laws Library includes Delaware session laws.
  • Internet
    • Session laws are available back to vol. 40. Another version of the session laws scanned from the original paper volumes is availabe from the Delaware Public Archives.
    • Bills, amendments, and their synopsis notes are on the Delaware General Assembly's website http://legis.delaware.gov/ from the 139th (1997-1998) session on. Unfortunately the interface for each session is different and can be difficult to use.
    • Some information on caucus activity can be found on the House Democratic and House Republican caucus websites.
    • Google Books - Google has scanned a number of of older, public domain Delaware law books as part of the Google Books project. This includes volumes of the session laws, Delaware codes and House and Senate Journals. I have created a Google Bookshelf of all of the books related to Delaware law on Google Books. Because Google continues to scan new books all the time, please be sure to search Google Books for anything I may have missed.
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