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Patricia A. Cervenka, Wisconsin Supreme Court and Legislative History, 30 Legal Reference Services Q. 141 (2011). This is an electronic version of an article published in Legal Reference Services Quarterly. Legal Reference Services Quarterly is available online at:

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30 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 141 (2011)


Legislative history has been directly mentioned more than 1,800 times in the body of Wisconsin Supreme Court opinions. In 1927, the Wisconsin Legislature established the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) to maintain files of drafting records for each proposed bill. Since the late 1990s, the files have been available electronically to make the information more accessible to lawyers appearing in Wisconsin courts.

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