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A few volumes of the Statutes at Large

The United States Statutes at Large, commonly referred to as the Statutes at Large and abbreviated Stat., are the official source for the laws and concurrent resolutions passed by United States Congress. They are also commonly called session laws since they are compiled from slip laws at the end of a Congressional session.[1] They are part of a three-part model for publication of Federal statutes consisting of slip laws (public laws and private laws, abbreviated Pub.L. and Pvt.L.), session laws, and codification.

Publication began in 1845 by the private firm of Little, Brown and Company under authority granted by a joint resolution of Congress. In 1874, Congress transferred the authority to publish the Statutes at Large to the Government Printing Office, which has been responsible for producing the set since that time.

Every law, public and private, ever enacted by the Congress is published in the Statutes at Large in order of the date of its passage. Until 1948, all treaties and international agreements approved by the United States Senate were also published in the set (these now appear in a publication titled United States Treaties and Other International Agreements, abbreviated U.S.T.). In addition, the Statutes at Large includes the text of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, amendments to the Constitution, treaties with Indians and foreign nations, and presidential proclamations.

Today, large portions of the Acts of Congress denominated as "public laws" are drafted as amendments to the United States Code. Once enacted into law, an Act will be published in the Statutes at Large and will add to, modify, or delete some part of the United States Code. Provisions of the public laws that contain only enacting clauses, effective dates, and similar matters are not generally codified. Private laws also are not generally codified.

Some portions of the United States Code have been enacted as positive law and other portions have not been so enacted. In case of a conflict between the text of the Statutes at Large and the text of a provision of the United States Code that has not been enacted as positive law, the text of the Statutes at Large takes precedence.[2]

Notes

  1. ^ Public and Private Laws: About, United States Government Printing Office, http://www.gpoaccess.gov/plaws/about.html, retrieved 2009-11-20, "At the end of each session of Congress, the slip laws are compiled into bound volumes called the Statutes at Large, and they are known as 'session laws.'"  
  2. ^ See generally 1 U.S.C. § 112.

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United States Statutes at Large
The United States Statutes at Large, commonly referred to as the Statutes at Large and abbreviated Stat., is the official source for the laws and resolutions passed by United States Congress.— Excerpted from United States Statutes at Large on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Listed here by volume number:

Vol. 1 Vol. 2 Vol. 3 Vol. 4 Vol. 5 Vol. 6 Vol. 7 Vol. 8 Vol. 9 Vol. 10
Vol. 11 Vol. 12 Vol. 13 Vol. 14 Vol. 15 Vol. 16 Vol. 17 Vol. 18 Vol. 19 Vol. 20
Vol. 21 Vol. 22 Vol. 23 Vol. 24 Vol. 25 Vol. 26 Vol. 27 Vol. 28 Vol. 29 Vol. 30
Vol. 31 Vol. 32 Vol. 33 Vol. 34 Vol. 35 Vol. 36 Vol. 37 Vol. 38 Vol. 39 Vol. 40
Vol. 41 Vol. 42 Vol. 43 Vol. 44 Vol. 45 Vol. 46 Vol. 47 Vol. 48 Vol. 49 Vol. 50
Vol. 51 Vol. 52 Vol. 53 Vol. 54 Vol. 55 Vol. 56 Vol. 57 Vol. 58 Vol. 59 Vol. 60
Vol. 61 Vol. 62 Vol. 63 Vol. 64 Vol. 65 Vol. 66 Vol. 67 Vol. 68 Vol. 69 Vol. 70
Vol. 71 Vol. 72 Vol. 73 Vol. 74 Vol. 75 Vol. 76 Vol. 77 Vol. 78 Vol. 79 Vol. 80
Vol. 81 Vol. 82 Vol. 83 Vol. 84 Vol. 85 Vol. 86 Vol. 87 Vol. 88 Vol. 89 Vol. 90
Vol. 91 Vol. 92 Vol. 93 Vol. 94 Vol. 95 Vol. 96 Vol. 97 Vol. 98 Vol. 99 Vol. 100
Vol. 101 Vol. 102 Vol. 103 Vol. 104 Vol. 105 Vol. 106 Vol. 107 Vol. 108 Vol. 109 Vol. 110
Vol. 111 Vol. 112 Vol. 113 Vol. 114 Vol. 115 Vol. 116 Vol. 117 Vol. 118 Vol. 119 Vol. 120
Vol. 121 Vol. 122 Vol. 123

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Statutes at Large:
Scanned Volumes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18:1 18:2a 18:2b
18:2c 18:3 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 32:1 32:2 33:1 33:2 34:1
34:2 34:3 35:1 35:2 36:1 36:2 37:1 37:2 38:1 38:2
39:1 39:2 40:1 40:2 41:1 41:2 42:1 42:2 43:1 43:2
44:1 44:2 44:3              

Other lists

  • Special:Prefixindex/Index:United States Statutes at Large

External Links

  • Volumes 117 to 120 (2003 to 2006) currently available. Sortable by Bills Enacted into Laws, Concurrent Resolutions, Popular Names, Presidential Proclamations, and Public Laws.

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