Legislative Audio FAQ
1973-2001 Yes. Due to technical difficulties and deterioration of the tapes over time, some sessions were not recorded or are inaudible. Also, because of the rapid deterioration of both the tapes and the machines to play them on, un-transferred hearings before 2002 must be transferred to compact disc by trained archival staff. If the bill in question has already been transferred to compact disc, then you can contact us to schedule an appointment to listen at the Archives.
2002-2011 Maybe. It depends on your preference. You can contact us to schedule an appointment to listen to this audio for free at the State Archives. If you want to listen at home or the office, though, you will need to request a copy.
2012-present No. Listen online on the General Assembly webpage.
No. There are no prepared transcripts available for General Assembly proceedings at the Archives.
The short answer: if it hasn't been recorded yet, we don't know.
Once we know the bill number we have to find out the committee the bill was assigned to as well as the date and time it was discussed there. Then, if applicable, we do the same for the committee in the opposite house. Using Committee Summary Reports we can find out precisely how long the bill was discussed in committee. Floor debate in the House and Senate is harder to pin down. There are no timestamped records of the proceedings, so we never know with 100% certainty how long the recording of the floor debates will be. That said, there is a reliable rule of thumb. One hour in committee usually means 10-15 minutes of floor debate.
If you have access to Daily Status Sheets and Committee Summaries you can estimate the amount of time your bill was discussed using the same process described above.
If the bill you're researching has been recorded, it will cost $8 per CD. Here is a list of already recorded bills (updated January 2014).
If the bill you're researching has never been recorded, it will cost $50 per hour recorded.
If the bill you are researching has been recorded, it will be 2 weeks or less.
If the bill you are researching has never been recorded, it will take 4-6 weeks. These requests are time-intensive projects.
All requests are handled on a first come, first served basis.
If you would like to receive the recording faster we MAY be able to "rush" the job for you. Recorded bills can be rushed for $50, and received within 72 hours. Not-yet-recorded bills can be rushed for and additional $50 per hour recorded, and will essentially jump to the front of the line. The turnaround time depends entirely on the length of the recording needed. Rush services are available as staffing allows. Please contact us to arrange a rush order.
All legislative resources at the State Archives are organized by bill number. THIS GUIDE will help you find the bill number that provides the jumping off point for the legislative history you are researching.
The only information we need to fulfill your request is the bill number. Once you have that information you can MAKE A REQUEST.