Collections

Collections

The Senate Library maintains a diverse collection of Pennsylvania legislative documents and law books. Some of the collection's highlights include:

Appropriations Acts

Appropriations Acts

Appropriations Acts are listed in the Laws of Pennsylvania in a separate section following the acts. This is the only place where the appropriation acts are published.

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Case Law

Case Law

The Senate Library has the opinions of the Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. The Senate Library has the U.S. Supreme Court Reporter and the Federal Reporter 2nd and 3rd series.

Directories

Directories

The Senate Library maintains an extensive collection of Pennsylvania's legislative directories. The Pennsylvania Manual, a biannual publication of state government, includes a listing of Senators and Representatives. The Rules of the Senate and House are also published in the manual. Copies of the The Pennsylvania Manual's precursor, Smull's Legislative Handbook, are also within the Library's collections.

Hearings and Reports of Pennsylvania Bills

Hearings and Reports of Pennsylvania Bills

The Senate Library collects transcripts of hearings on bills, copies of testimony submitted during hearings, and reports pursuant to resolutions.

Laws

Laws

The texts of laws are in Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes Annotated. Purdon's is arranged in subject areas called titles. An annual compilation, The Laws of Pennsylvania, lists the laws in sequential order as they are signed by the Governor.

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Legislative Histories of Pennsylvania Bills

Legislative Histories of Pennsylvania Bills

The Combined History of Senate and House Bills enables one to trace the history of a bill during a legislative session. A History contains the various printer's numbers of the bill and all action that occurred, including references to debate/remarks.

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Legislative Journals

Legislative Journals

The Senate Library's collection of the Legislative Journal and its indexes and appendixes dates back to the early 1800s and the Senate Library works cooperatively with the State Library to provide Legislative Journals for years not held within their collections. The Senate Library also distributes hardbound copies of the Legislative Journal: Senate to libraries throughout the Commonwealth.

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More Resources

For more information on the Senate Library's collections email

For House and Senate Calendars, bill text, and other legislative information, visit Session Information on the Pennsylvania General Assembly's website.