Legislative Bill Tracings

The searchable E-files Document Center contains completed tracings from 1981 to the present. A small number of older tracings are also included. Many bills have not had tracings completed. These are done by State Archives staff on a per request basis.

Legislative tracings are produced by the State Archives reference staff when a researcher requests legislative material. Tracings show the committees the bill passed through; the dates and page numbers in the minutes that the bill was discussed; either a listing or summary of the exhibits submitted in the committees during discussion of the bill; and a listing of the audio tapes, which constitute the verbatim record of discussion.

These documents are useful for pinpointing the committees and dates for a bill in the electronic version of the Legislative committee minutes. They can also be useful when ordering copies of exhibits or audio tapes from the State Archives.

Not all bills from the regular sessions are represented in these tracings, but only those bills for which the reference staff has compiled a tracing.

The State Archives also has tracings for bills from the 1989 and prior sessions. For information contact the reference staff​.
If a bill has not been traced, you can examine the legislative committee minutes by using the bill's measure history from the Oregon State Legislature's website. The measure histories provide a chronological summary of activity relating to the bill as it went through the legislative process.

Research measure histories at the Legislature's Bills and Laws page. Select the session of interest then the bill number from the measure histories.

When examining a bill's measure history, pay attention to:
  1. ​The committees that dealt with the bill; and
  2. The dates public hearings and work sessions were held on the bill.
In most cases there will be a large number of measure histories in bill number order on the same Web page. You may find it convenient to copy and paste your bill's measure history into a text document before returning to the legislative minutes section of this website.

You can request a tracing by a reference archivist. Research time is billed (see fees). While bills vary in size and complexity, the typical bill tracing takes about one hour to compile.

Ordering Records Listed in Tracings

Contact the Reference Unit at the Oregon State Archives to obtain copies of records listed in the legislative bill tracings.

Search Tips

To search the E-files Document Center ​for legislative bill tracings:

  1. Enter your search term in the “Equal To” search field. Leave other search fields blank. You can search by year, bill number or both. Example: 1983 SB 403.
  2. Press Enter on your keyboard or click the “Search” button on the page to initiate the search.
  3. Click the magnifying glass icon to the left of the legislative bill tracing title to download or open a PD​F of the tracing.

Advanced Searches

Advanced search by topic or subject:

  1. Click the “Search for” field on the left of the page and select “Notes Word."
  2. Enter your keyword or topic in the “Equal To” search field on the right, then click search.

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