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Searching by Bill Number
Bill, resolution and amendment numbers include an alphabetical prefix and a number. To search, enter the prefix and number with no spaces.
See the following table for acceptable forms of prefixes and examples.
|hjres||House Joint Resolutions||hjres47|
|hconres||House Concurrent Resolutions||hconres35|
|sjres||Senate Joint Resolutions||sjres19|
|sconres||Senate Concurrent Resolutions||sconres56|
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