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Finding legal information: the absolute basics. : State Legislation Aggregator Search Sites

How to find cases, laws and some other stuff. By Ellen Sexton.

Finding state legislation

Finding state legislation has unique challenges because states have different types of legislatures (see below image from the National Conference of State Legislatures), different legislative processes and are free to decide how they will make information available.

 

 

Full- and Part-Time Legislatures

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Depending on which state laws you are searching for, you will want to become familiar with that state's legislative website including the type of information they make available and how they make it available online.

As an alternative to using state legislative websites, you can also try using one of these freely available websites that aggregate state legislative information.  These websites provide a more uniform and user-friendly search experience and the ability to compare legislative activities across the states.

 

  1. Openstates.org 
  2. Legiscan.com  
  3. BillTrack50.com (must register, but it is free)