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1 Legislation Overview

2 What is Legislation? the bodies of laws enacted in a particular jurisdiction Why is it important? governs activities by public and private entities

3 Legislation Overview  Quick and Efficient Ways to use Lexis and Westlaw  Annotated v. Unannotated Codes – Does it really matter which you use?  Uniform Laws  Bill Tracking and Legislative History

4 Quick Tips on Lexis and Westlaw Be efficient and use the following when looking for statutes: –Popular Names Table –Boolean Searching and Locate/Find Feature –Table of Contents

5 This is Jerry. He has no chance in hell of being a Survivor so he has turned to coin collecting. He wants to know more about the Liberty Coin Act, but doesn’t know where to begin. His helpful librarian, Connie (who could be a Survivor), shows him where to look.

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9 Text of the Statute

10 Westlaw Popular Names Table

11 Popular Names Table Lexis Popular Names Table search full-text of table or TOC browse table of contents Westlaw Popular Names Table Contains browse feature only Provides parallel table for Public Law section to USC section.

12 Jerry reads the statute and is amazed at the detail provided on how coins are made. It practically provides instructions so that he can make the coins himself. Knowing that he won’t win his million on Survivor, he creates a mold for the $50 gold coin and begins producing imitation pieces. Jerry’s new line of work is short-lived. His house is raided and law enforcement officials recover the molds and thousands of counterfeit coins. One of the many charges brought against Jerry is possessing counterfeit molds for coins. Is this a viable charge and if so what is the penalty?

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16 18 USCA §487 Making or possessing counterfeit dies for coins

17 Current through P.L approved March 24, 2006

18 Jerry has hired an attorney to defend him. On the day of the raid, the police officer executing the warrant had a ride along, a community citizen accompanying him. The citizen entered Jerry’s home and it was the citizen served the warrant and found the molds, not the officer. Jerry’s attorney believes that since the citizen entered Jerry’s home and located the molds, the search warrant is invalid. Is there a statute that supports this claim?

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20 18 USCS §3105 Persons authorized to serve search warrant

21 Text of Statute

22 Legislation Overview  Quick and Efficient Ways to use Lexis and Westlaw  Annotated v. Unannotated Codes  Uniform Laws  Bill Tracking and Legislative History

23 Annotated v. Unannotated Codes Advantages of Annotated Code –Broader search terms Example: gay marriage –Annotations Disadvantages of Annotated Code –Can be too broad at times Example: search warrants

24 United States Code (Unannotated)

25 USCA (Annotated Code)

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28 Legislation Overview  Quick and Efficient Ways to use Lexis and Westlaw  Annotated v. Unannotated Codes  Uniform Laws  Bill Tracking and Legislative History

29 Challenge The following are examples of what? Ooh! I know! I know!

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31 What are uniform laws? Unofficial laws proposed as legislation to be adopted by all states. Who creates them? National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws Created over 200 uniform laws. 100 have been adopted by at least 1 state.

32 Uniform Laws Annotated –Availability Library – Law Core KF165.A Westlaw - Database Identifier: ULA –Access Points Directory of Uniform Acts Jurisdiction Tables Index –Features Table of Jurisdictions Historical Notes Commission’s Notes Law Review and Journal Commentaries Library References – CJS, Key Number & Topic, and Westlaw references Court Decisions –Updated annually with pocket parts Where can you find Uniform Laws?

33 Directory of Uniform Acts

34 Jurisdiction Tables

35 Subject Index

36 Table of Jurisdictions

37 Annotations

38 National Conference on Uniform State Laws Where can you find Uniform Laws?

39 NCCUSL Drafts of Uniform and Model Acts Where can you find Uniform Laws?

40 Where can you find uniform laws? State codes for those states adopting it –Arizona Revised Statutes Index Heading: “Uniform Laws” Where can you find articles about uniform laws? LegalTrac –Subject Heading: “Uniform State Laws” or by name of uniform law Index to Legal Periodicals (ILP) –Subject Heading: “Uniform Laws” or by name of uniform law (to a lesser extent than Legaltrac)

41 Legislation Overview  Quick and Efficient Ways to use Lexis and Westlaw  Annotated v. Unannotated Codes  Uniform Laws  Bill Tracking and Legislative History

42 Documents relating to the passage or rejection of a proposed law Used to define legislative intent Can be very time consuming Results may be ambiguous What is Legislative History and Bill Tracking?

43 Bill is introduced Referred to a committee Debated on chamber floor Voted in chamber Sent to second chamber Referred to a committee Debated on chamber floor Voted in chamber Sent to president for approval or veto How a Bill Becomes a Law

44 Bill (in all its variations) Committee hearings Committee reports Congressional debates Presidential approval or veto message Components of Legislative History

45 Compiled Legislative Histories Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories Federal Legislative Histories: an Annotated Bibliography and Index to Officially Published Sources Union List of Legislative Histories

46 Getting Started For Legislative History Identify the statute Locate public law numbers for original enactment and pertinent amendments For Bill Tracking Identify the bill number

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51 Links to the Congressional Debates

52 Congressional Universe Links to Reports and Hearings

53 Congressional Universe

54 Congressional Universe Bill Tracking

55 Legislation Overview  Quick and Efficient Ways to use Lexis and Westlaw  Annotated v. Unannotated Codes  Uniform Laws  Bill Tracking and Legislative History


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