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United States Government Documents: The Congress, the Presidency, and the Courts.

Lynn Thitchener, Government Selector

About Public and Private Laws

Online Sources ~ Print & Microform

Public Laws

"Most laws passed by Congress are public laws. Public laws affect society as a whole. Public law citations include the abbreviation, Pub.L., (or P.L.) the Congress number (e.g. 107), and the number of the law. For example: Pub.L. 107-006 (or P.L. 107-6).

Private Laws

Affect an individual, family, or small group. Private laws are enacted to assist citizens that have been injured by government programs or who are appealing an executive agency ruling such as deportation. Private laws citations include the abbreviation, Pvt.L., the Congress number (e.g. 107), and the number of the law. For example: Pvt.L. 107-006." (GPO: Public and Private Laws)

Public laws are initially published as "Slip Laws" and later published in United States Statutes at Large, the permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress. The Statutes at Large is prepared and published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Public Laws : Online Sources

Public Laws : Print / Microform Formats

Years Covered Catalog Records/Location Information

73rd-77th Cong.

93rd-110th Cong.

Microfiche 240
1937 - 2011 in Statutes at Large Olin Oversize K .U545 +