I needed to hunt down federal laws a few times in recent weeks, so make it easier on myself and others to find online links, I’m posting them here.
High school civics lesson reminder: Federal laws are passed by Congress, then approved by the President. If the President vetoes (disapproves) the legislation, it can still become law if the Congress overrides the veto by a two-thirds vote in each chamber. Once they are the law of the land, they are published in the Statutes at Large.
Digital copies of the Statutes at Large can be conveniently found online at four websites listed below. (The links take you directly to the right place on each website.) There is some overlap between the sites, and you may find you like the interface on one better than the other.
- Library of Congress American Memory website has public and private laws from 1789 to 1875.
- Law Library of Congress website has public laws from 1789 to 1950.
- U.S. Government Printing Office website has public and private laws from 1951 to 2011.
- U.S. Congress website at has public laws for 1973 to 2016 and private laws for 1973 to 2016.