Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Legislative History Records

The records of many offices provide history of legislation; you may need to access records created by the House, Senate, Legislative Research and General Counsel (who conduct legal and policy research for drafting bills), Legislative Fiscal Analyst (who reviews bills for cost implications), Governors and Lieutenant Governors, etc. Another research guide entitled Legislative Intent and Legislative History provides more information on how to use these records.

The following is not a complete list of records, but just some of the series most commonly used. Search the Archives catalog for a more complete listing. Most current records are still in the creating office, and some may be available online on the legislature's website; older records can be reviewed through the Utah State Archives. Click on series number links to go to more complete descriptions of the records.

Code and Laws

Legislature  
Laws of Utah, 1851-[ongoing]. Series 83155
Utah Code Annotated, 1851-[ongoing]; current online Series 83238
Utah Code Unannotated, 1982-[ongoing] Series 1052

See also Utah Historical Statutes, 1847-1892 from Marriott Library Digital Collections.

Legislative Minutes

Legislative Assembly  
Journals, 1851-1880. Series 3145
Legislative Assembly. House  
Journal record books, 1858-1878. Series 16660
Legislative Council  
Journal record books, 1858-1882. Series 3167
House  
Journals, 1882-[ongoing], 1992-present online Series 456
Floor debate recordings, 1957-[ongoing], 1990-present online Series 23020
Senate  
Journals, 1882-[ongoing], 1992-present online Series 409
Floor debate recordings, 1965-[ongoing], 1990-present online Series 22515

Legislative Bill Files

Legislative Assembly  
Territorial legislative records, 1851-1894. Series 3150
House  
Working bills, 1896-[ongoing], 1990-present online, 1896-1989 online Series 432
Senate  
Working bills, 1896-[ongoing], 1990-present online, 1896-1989 online Series 428
Lieutenant Governor  
Legislative bills, 1896-[ongoing] Series 4076
Legislative Research and General Counsel  
Bill drafting and research records, 1980-[ongoing], 1990-present online Series 7073

Committee Records

Legislative Research and General Counsel  
Interim committee histories, 1967-[ongoing], 1990-present online | online index Series 7230
House  
Standing committee minutes, 1967-[ongoing], 1999-present online Series 3159
Standing committee audio recordings, 1994-[ongoing], 2006-present online Series 23013
Senate  
Standing committee minutes, 1972-[ongoing], 1999-present online Series 18459
Standing committee audio recordings, 1994-[ongoing], 2006-present online Series 21084

Publications

Legislative Research and General Counsel  
Legislative Interim Reports, 1948-[ongoing], 1994-present online Series 22117
Digest of Legislation reports, 1949-[ongoing], 2001-present online Series 17929
Research reports, 1976-[ongoing] Series 24138

Governors' Records

Governor Bamberger  
Legislative bills record, 1917-1919. Series 12365
Governor Rampton  
Legislative bill records, 1965-1976. Series 17586
Governor Matheson  
Legislative bill files, 1977-1984. Series 1595
Governor Bangerter  
Legislative case files, 1985-1992. Series 8583

Constitutional Records

Statehood Constitutional Convention  
Records, 1895. | View Online Series 3212
State Constitution, 1895 | View Online Series 3214
Election Office  
Voter Information Pamphlets, 1975-[ongoing] Series 21810

See also Utah's Road to Statehood exhibit.

See Legislative Offices and Libraries for additional resources available at other locations.