Legislation Laws Regulations

Researching Legislation, Laws, and Regulations

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Links to Specific Legal Instruments

Legal Codes

U.S. Federal: The United States Code (USC)
State of Oregon: Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS)
Oregon cities: Municipal codes for Oregon cities known to have online versions.

Statutes

U.S. Federal: Public Laws passed by the 104th-112th Congresses.

Regulations

U.S. Federal: Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
State of Oregon: Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR)

U.S. Congress

off-campus access limited to UO = You must be on campus, or an authorized UO user if off campus, to access)

How a Bill Becomes Law (cartoon)
A humorous, but perhaps fairly accurate, depiction.

Legislative Branch Resources on FDSys
FDSys provides access to the full text of Congressional bills and resolutions from the 103rd - 112th Congresses; the Congressional Record, Congressional reports, and History of Bills from those Congresses; the Federal Register for 1994 - present, the United States Code, and General Accounting Office reports, along with other documents.

ProQuest Congressional off-campus access limited to UO
Offers access to a variety of information by and about the United States Congress. With ProQuest Congressional, you can:

  • Search an index of congressional publications from 1789 to the present
  • Retrieve CIS Legislative Histories for public laws going back to 1970
  • Find testimony from congressional hearings
  • Track bills as they move through the House and Senate
  • Search the Congressional Record, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations
  • Locate information about members and committees
  • Search political news in Roll Call, The Hill, and the Washington Post

Thomas. A server for legislative information from the Library of Congress. Includes summaries of Public Laws from the 93rd Congress (1973-74) forward.

Documenting the Legislative Process Online

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Congressional Documents in the UO Libraries

Committee Reports
House and Senate Documents
Senate Treaty Documents, Senate Executive Documents

These series of documents comprise the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, which is located in a section of locked shelving in the Document Center. Consult a reference librarian for access to these materials. The most recent documents that have not yet been bound into the Serial Set volumes ("slip reports") are shelved in an area adjacent to the Serial Set.
Reports from 1996 - present are in the library catalog. For documents prior to 1970, there is a print index to the Serial Set in the Document Center Reference Collection. Also available as pdfs on ProQuest Congressional.

Congressional Hearings
The library has an extensive collection of hearings conducted by the various committees of Congress. The paper hearings are in the DOC-US collection in the Document Center under document numbers beginning with Y4. There is a microfiche collection of hearings published from 1839-1934 that is located in the Microforms Collection.
Hearings from 1996 - present are in the library catalog. Cataloging of hearings prior to 1996 is sporadic: some are in the catalog, some are not. For hearings prior to 1970, there is a print index in the Document Center Reference Collection. Also available as pdfs on ProQuest Congressional.

Congressional Committee Prints
Committee prints are located in the Y4 section of the DOC-US collection along with the hearings. There is a microfiche collection of committee prints covering years through 1969 in the Microforms Collection.
As with the hearings, committee prints from 1996 - present are in the library catalog. Cataloging prior to 1996 is sporadic: some are in the catalog, some are not. There is a print index in the Document Center Reference Collection for prints in the microfiche collection (1969 and before. Also available as pdfs on ProQuest Congressional.


Other sites for Congressional Information

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Legislative Branch Agencies

  • Government Accountability Office (formerly General Accounting Office). GAO is the investigative arm of the Congress and is charged with examining all matters relating to the receipt and disbursement of public funds.
    Recent GAO Reports:
  • Government Printing Office. The GPO produces, procures, and disseminates printed and electronic publications of the Congress as well as the executive departments and establishments of the Federal Government.
  • Library of Congress. The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States, offering diverse materials for research including the world's most extensive collections in many areas such as American history, music, and law.
    • Congressional Research Service. CRS provides objective, nonpartisan research, analysis, and informational support to assist Congress in its legislative, oversight, and representative functions. CRS Reports can be valuable sources of information on public policy issues.
    • Copyright Office. Provides registration of copyright, and information about U.S. copyright law.
  • Congressional Budget Office. The CBO provides Congress with assessments of the economic impact of the Federal budget.

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State Legislative Data


Oregon legislators

U.S. Senators
Ron Wyden
Jeff Merkley
U.S. Members of Congress
 
First District: Suzanne Bonamici (D)
Second District: Greg Walden (R)
Third District: Earl Blumenauer (D)
Fourth District: Peter A. DeFazio (D)
Fifth District: Kurt Schrader (D)

Oregon Legislature
The Legislature's web site provides a list of all state Representatives and Senators, with links to each legislator's own web site.

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U.S. Court Decisions

off-campus access limited to UO = You must be on campus, or an authorized UO user if off campus, to access)

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Non-U.S. Legislative Information

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Created by tamarav on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Jul 2, 2014