Drafting records are written materials, letters, and memoranda given to or created by the legislative drafting attorney in the process of drafting a bill, resolution, or subsequent amendments. Although these records are not designed to document legislative intent, they may provide some insight into the meaning of statutory language.
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For tips on using the database, see the Wisconsin Legislative Drafting Records Quick Guide.
For more details about drafting records and other sources of legislative history, see:
Researching Legislative History in Wisconsin by Michael J. Keane, Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, Wisconsin Brief 06-10
Researching the Legislative History of Wisconsin Laws: An Annotated Bibliography by Bill Ebbott, UW Law Library