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Series Description II

II. Legislative Files: 51.5 lin. ft.

Consisting of 51.5 linear feet of correspondence, printed materials, research materials, speeches, and news clippings, the Legislative Files document Hall's activities concerning specific legislation, 1976-1985. Activities covered by these files include committee and subcommittee hearings, background research, bill markups, press coverage, interest group lobbying, strategy, and floor debate.

  1. General Files: 7.5 lin. ft.

    These general legislative subject files are made up mostly of correspondence and background information on both specific bills and general legislative topics. They generally reflect Hall's interest and activities in various legislative areas outside the realm of his committee memberships.

  2. Committees: 27 lin. ft.

    The largest bulk of this series reflects Hall's membership on the Judiciary Committee from 1976 to 1985. This period was a particularly active and challenging one for the House Judiciary Committee. Documented in the subcommittee files is the consideration of significant and often controversial reform legislation. Among these bills are criminal code reform (Criminal Justice Subcommittee, 1978-1981), immigration reform (also known as the Simpson-Mazzoli Bill, Immigration Subcommittee, 1981-85), and regulatory reform (Administration and Government Operation Subcommittee, 1983-1985). Administration Subcommittee Files during Hall's chairmanship from 1983-1985 are also particularly useful for the insight they provide on the workings of a subcommittee, as well as providing detailed information regarding several significant bills of this period. Files related to Hall's service on the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control and the Veterans Affairs Committee are also included here. | NEXT |