Each legislative body has a process by which laws are passed, codified, and published. Understanding this process facilitates strategies for the typical research problems involving statutes. These are:
The legislative process has its own documentation, published regularly in paper and online. The ease of locating and retrieving individual documents varies with the steps in the process. A summary of what one expects to find is as follows:
The federal government and the states all have documents of this type to varying degrees. They are usually available through either public or commercial publications, in paper, online, or both.