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Federal Legislative History: Public Laws

A quick and basic guide to finding documents related to the passage of any given federal legislation.

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Public Laws

Once an act is enacted into law, the text of the law is assigned a Public Law number and published in the United States Statutes at Large and the U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News. In both of these publications, laws are printed in the order in which they were enacted.

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Guide content provided courtesy of the Westminster Law Library at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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