State Bills

State Bills in the United States

State Bills and Bill Tracking Legal Materials

Generally, current bills and bill status are posted on each state legislature’s home page. (The National Conference of State Legislatures posts links to all State Legislatures pages at http://ncsl.org/pulic/sitesleg.htm). Otherwise, you can get bills from Lexis and Westlaw. For older bills, call the document delivery service of a state, bar or law school library in the relevant state.

You can do a simple search for bills from all states for free using Scout. For more sophisticated searching, use Lexis, Westlaw or another commercial service.

For more specific information, see the entries for individual states.

Bill Tracking

You can generally track the progress of a state bill by checking the free postings on the state legislature’s Web site. For more complex or ongoing bill tracking projects, you might want to try contacting the following companies:

You can track New York bills with Bloomberg Law.

For more specific information, see the entries for individual states.

Note: We linked the resources to archive.org in an effort to decrease the number of broken links cited.

State Primary Law Resources

For more U.S. State primary law resources, see:

Resources

See Also

State Bills: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about State Bills. This part provides references, in relation to State Bills, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about State Bills by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about State Bills and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about State Bills or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to State Bills and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting State Bills. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about State Bills should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to State Bills when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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