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Ellen Jaquette, reference librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society, frequently helps lawyer research bills’ legislative intent. Ancient committee books, like those shown here, are a primary tool. (Staff photo: Kevin Featherly)
Ellen Jaquette, reference librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society, frequently helps lawyer research bills’ legislative intent. Ancient committee books, like those shown here, are a primary tool. (Staff photo: Kevin Featherly)

Legislative intent remains go-to research resource

But courts, lawmakers tend to view bills’ historical rationale as moot

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