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LEGISLATIVE INTENT SERVICE, INC. Your partner in legislative history research (530) 666‑1917  •  www.legintent.com   Happy New Year!  We hope this finds you happy, healthy and ready to ring in 2023.  While our operations have adapted (if you leave a voicemail, a team member working remotely will call you back), we remain committed to meeting your legislative intent needs. Our 2022 gratitude list includes:  1)    “New” technologies that allow us to work remotely and scan legislative documents more efficiently; 2)     Our partners in offices, libraries and archives; and 3)    YOU! ~ Check out our 2022 Holiday Card HERE ... Read More >

The History of the Legislative Branch

According to the United States Senate, the legislative branch of the American government was established in 1787 during the construction of Article 1 of the US Constitution. The legislative history of the United States Congress is an interesting tale as it's one of three co-equal parts of the United States government. In the US, the legislative branch consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which together comprise the nation's Congress. If you are interested in learning more about legislative history in the US, keep reading! Powers Bestowed on the Legislative Branch by the US Constitution Congress holds a reasonable amount ... Read More >

5 Qualities to Look for in Legal Research Tools

The Constitution was created over 200 years ago, and U.S. laws constantly change. With new technologies and legal research tools, keeping up with the latest information requires time and patience. Many legal research tools are available today, and it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. Here are some qualities to look for in legal research tools. 1. Comprehensive When conducting legal research, you want to be sure that you're using a comprehensive tool. The tool should include a range of resources, from law journals to legal news sources. It should also be updated regularly so you can be confident you're getting the most accurate ... Read More >

What Is Legislative Intent and How Do You Find It?

Legislative intent is the underlying purpose behind a particular law. When you read a piece of legislation, you must ask yourself, "Why was this law passed? What was the purpose behind it?" If you don't know the answers to these questions, you'll struggle to understand the original intent of the law. In order to find legislative intent, you'll need to consider the bill's context and surrounding debate. You'll also need to look into the bill's history and what lawmakers said during the debate. To help you better understand how legislative intent works, here's a detailed background of what you need to know. Why Is Legislative Intent ... Read More >

Federal Regulations and Why You Should Know Them

According to the American Bar Association, 1,268,011 women and men were licensed to practice law in the US in 2012. These lawyers are tasked with upholding federal regulations and arguing about them in a court of law. At the mention of laws that affect individuals and their institutions, many people think about regulations that legislative firms like local municipal councils, state legislatures, and Congress created. Did you know that numerous federal rules are administered every time federal regulations are passed? These rules often have no immediate effect on the people and institutions they have authority over. Read on to learn more ... Read More >

8 Examples of Legal Research Websites

According to Britannica.com, the amendments to the constitution have been changed 27 times. Therefore, it is important to keep abreast of those changes by having access to the appropriate legal research websites. There are several legislative documents online that describe certain statutes existing in the United States. Over time, these continue to be updated. While they are available, you should still do further research to make sure the findings expressed on these sites are the true version of U.S. law. This is especially so for free online resources. Even though legal research is best when accessing your local law library, it is still ... Read More >

3 Examples of Legal Research Tools

According to a 2005 American Bar Association (ABA) poll, 70% of attorneys in the United States are male, and 30% are female. They have a lot of research to do. There are many different legal research tools available, and it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. This blog post will discuss the most popular legal research tools and give you a brief overview of each one. 1. LexisNexis LexisNexis is one of the most popular legal research tools. It provides access to various legal resources, including case law, statutes, and regulations. It also has a powerful search engine that makes it easy to find the information you need. ... Read More >

New California Law Could Give Consumers More Control Over Online Privacy

For the past several years, consumers have been fighting for their right to more privacy when using online platforms. And under a new California law, they might just get the online privacy protections they've been asking for. California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new law into effect that is considered the nation's more strict law regarding online privacy. The law goes into effect in January 2020 and will allow consumers to know what personal information is being collected by companies and where it's being shared. Furthermore, consumers will be allowed to have their information deleted by companies that obtain it and not allow them to ... Read More >

5 Propositions to Be Voted on in June 5 Primary Ballot

On June 5, California voters will have the opportunity to vote on the statewide primary ballots. In total, there are five propositions that have been written by the California legislative counsel. Along with these five propositions, there will be more than a dozen voter-circulated ballot measures in November's elections. Here's what California residents can expect to see in the ballots next month. Borrowing for the protection of parks and wildlife (Proposition 68): This $4.1 billion bond proposal was drafted last fall. Lawmakers hope this funding could be put towards conservation projects, water resources, and new parks in struggling ... Read More >

Weird Liquor Laws From Across the U.S.

Legislative history is the foundation for new state laws to be made. While all laws are in place for a reason, there are a few laws that seem strange. Because laws can vary so much from state to state, we're going to look at a few weird liquor laws that can be found in states throughout the country. First up, we have drive-through liquor stores in Arizona. This seems a little strange, seeing as how drinking and driving itself is against the law. Of course, these establishments don't encourage drinking the liquor as soon as drivers pull away from the window, but that doesn't make them any less unusual. Speaking of drinking and driving, ... Read More >