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Say Farewell to Oregon Legislative History “Minutes” Online


The online legislative history “minutes” heretofore* on the Oregon State Archives web page, courtesy of the Oregon State Legislature and the Legislative Administrative Committee, will henceforth* not be available online; just the tape logs and audio files will be online.

Anyone who researches Oregon legislative history knows about the welcome transition several years ago to online records (from microfilm) at the Oregon State Archives, a division of the Secretary of State’s office. (Another statewide office up for election this year.) So, it’s full speed ahead to the past now, not back to the future.

This is likely a budgetary decision. But we haven’t yet found out why the “minutes” were chosen for cuts rather than something else. Law librarians weren’t asked is all I know so don’t blame me; you can try these instead if you want to know why.

By the way, each of the State’s law schools has produced a Legislative History research guide and I have too, so look for the one that suits your needs. (And for other state guides, try this online directory.)

*Glossary: Heretofore and Henceforth

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