This Comment begins with an examination of court usage of Washington State legislative history and illustrates the lack of consistent judicial standards for acceptance of evidence of legislative intent. It then describes a systematic process that lawyers may use to identify and obtain relevant legislative history in Washington, and at the same time, points out defects in the record-keeping system. It concludes with recommendations to the Washington State Legislature to improve the accessibility and usefulness of state legislative history. Adoption of these recommendations would not only aid the legal researcher, but also provide the legislature with a better means to convey intent and would provide the courts with reliable information to make more accurate judicial readings of legislative intent.
Arthur C. Wang, Legislative History in Washington, 7 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 571 (1984).