I stumbled upon a blog written by Trevor Rosen that provides invaluable information for people seeking to do legal research in Maryland. For example, his May 2, 2009, blog post gives guidance on how to obtain legislative history for Maryland statutes. Lawyers use legislative history to ascertain the lawmakers’ intentions when passing legislation. Legislative history is important if a law is not clear, or if the meaning of the law is in dispute and the matter must be decided by a court. When courts interpret statutory law they frequently refer to the legislative history.
Rosen provides many other resources to assist lawyers and others who seek to research Maryland law. I have placed a link to Trevor Rosen’s blog in the Web Links section of this webpage. To see Rosen’s blog, click on the words “Researching Maryland Law” in our Web Links.