How Can You Learn More About Federal Laws and Regulations?


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Learn more about federal laws and regulations by consulting educational materials on the U.S. Congress website and the U.S. Government's Official Web Portal. The available videos, essays, and graphics explain how bills become laws, and how federal agencies with rule-making authority craft new laws. Read the full text of existing laws in "The Federal Register," available online on the National Archives website. Each Congress member and agency includes drafts of potential laws and rules on their websites.

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The U.S. Congress website provides videos and graphics explaining the common legislative stages and how a bill becomes a law. It links to its publication, “The Congressional Record,” a daily digest of Congressional activity. The site provides the full text of all bills Congress considers. Many libraries offer the print version of "The Congressional Record."

The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal provides a guide on how each of the three branches of government makes laws and federal rules. Use its Web page, "Commonly Requested U.S. Laws and Regulations," to jump start your legal self-education.

The National Archives site features a searchable database of all federal laws in "The Federal Register." It also provides online copies of this daily publication that covers legislative, executive and judicial lawmaking.

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