State Government Agencies

State Government Agencies in the United States

Legal Materials

For addresses, phone numbers, etc., check out Carroll’s State Directory (Carroll Publishing), the State Yellow Book (Leadership Directories), or a similar directory. For Internet links, check out State and Local Governments on the Net. USA.gov post a page of State and Local Agencies by Topic.

Administrative Decisions

Lexis has a series of databases combining all the available agency decisions for each state (e.g. ADMIN;NYAGEN for New York or ADMIN;TXAGEN for Texas. There is a parallel series of databases that let you search both agency decisions and state cases (e.g., STATES;NYCASE for New York, STATES;TXCASE for Texas). Westlaw also has a series of databases combining all the available agency decisions for each state (e.g., NY-ADMIN for New York, TX-ADMIN for Texas).

Lexis offers a combined database of state agency news (LEGIS;USSTNW).

See also the entries for individual states.

See Also

State Regulations
State Administrative Codes
Yellow Books

State Government Agencies: 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 Government Agencies. This part provides references, in relation to State Government Agencies, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about State Government Agencies 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 Government Agencies 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 Government Agencies 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 Government Agencies 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 Government Agencies. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about State Government Agencies 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 Government Agencies when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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