To research the legislative history of a section of the Bankruptcy Code, follow the below steps.
For a more detailed guide to legislative history, which describes the legislative process and discusses the relative importance of different types of legislative history, please see the below research guides:
For a guide to legislative history for court rules, such as the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, see this guide from Georgetown Law Library:
Bankruptcy law in the United States began with the Bankruptcy Act of 1898 (known as the "Bankruptcy Act"), which governed cases filed before October 1, 1979. Although some courts refer to provisions of the Bankruptcy Act and their legislative history when interpreting their corollaries in current bankruptcy law, it is wise to exercise caution and to attempt to obtain precedent for doing so in your jurisdiction.
In 1978, Congress passed the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978, which was a complete overhaul of the prior system. Congress again made substantial amendments in 1984, 1986, 1994, and 2005. The following is a table listing the popular names and public law numbers of major bankruptcy acts since 1978:
|Popular Name||Public Law No.|
|Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978||95-598|
|Bankruptcy Amendments and Federal Judgeship Act of 1984||98-353|
|Bankruptcy Judges, United States Trustees and Family Farmer Bankruptcy Act of 1986||99-554|
|Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994||103-394|
|Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005||109-8|
Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1989, Public Law No. 95-598:
Bankruptcy Amendments and Federal Judgeship Act of 1984, Public Law No. 98-353:
Bankruptcy Judges, United States Trustees and Family Farmer Bankruptcy Act of 1986, Public Law No. 99-554:
Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, Public Law No. 109-8:
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