Federal Code research tips
- Speaking of reading the law, the following is a quote from a Cornell Law
School page I was directed to, and I thought it had some good tips for
research so here it is:
"There may be a more up-to-date version of this section at the GPO. You
may also get a list of bills that mention this section from the Thomas
system at the Library of Congress.
For a number of reasons you may want to check for updates manually. It
is possible that the GPO server is down or busy, or that the update
service offered by GPO is itself out of date.
UPDATING A SECTION MANUALLY
To determine if particular section has been amended you need to inspect
the so-called "classification tables" prepared by the Office of the Law
Revision Counsel of the House of Representatives. These map
recently-passed laws and amendments to the Code to the particular
sections of the Code that are affected. You can find them at the House
server. Using the title and section of the Code that you are interested
in, look through the tables sorted by Code section. Write down any of
the Public Law numbers that affect the section you are interested in.
USING THE UPDATE RESULTS WITH THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS DATABASE
Using the Public Law number(s), you can use the Library of Congress
database (Thomas) to retrieve and read the actual text of the
amendments. To do this, go to the Thomas database and click on the link
labelled "public laws". Pick the Congress you're interested in -- this
will be the number to the left of the hyphen in the Public Law number
(for example, PL 108-123 is the 123rd law passed by the 108th Congress).
You can then use the Thomas system to navigate to the particular law you
are interested in."