I've done a lot of digging through the codified statutes, at least in my jurisdiction. I'm wondering if there is an efficient way to search through the session laws to find where the related session law is which corresponds to a codified law. Often, the session laws are titled something that may not contain a relatable key word. And they're ordered chronologically. I'm mainly interested in seeing the progression of a chaptered statute as it is changed over many years or even decades and possibly centuries. I'm sure there's an old fashioned way of doing this search and a new technologically improved way, too. I suppose I would need to know both, depending on how far back in history I wish to be looking.
The reason I am looking is because I am looking for evidence of intent for when the law was created.
If this is a question that will only be answerable in a jurisdiction-specific way, then I'm asking about Maine and the Federal Government.
(No, I am not in school, and no this is not my homework.)