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U.S. Legislative Process: Public Laws

This guide provides access to the documents processed in the legislative process in the U.S.

Public Laws

After a bill becomes law, it is first published separately as a slip law.  Slip laws are later republished in the Statutes at Large, in a chronological arrangement.  The general and permanent laws are then consolidated and codified under fifty subject titles in the United States Code. The first official appearance of the law, the slip law provides references to the Statutes at Large citation and the bill number.  At the end of each slip law is a legislative history.

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