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Publishing Public Laws

  • We prepare each law for publication as a slip law (an individual pamphlet print).

  • We then compile, index, and publish the laws in the United States Statutes at Large (a permanent bound volume of the laws for each session of Congress).

Slip Laws

The slip law is an official publication of the law and is admissible as "legal evidence" (1 U.S.C. 113). The OFR assigns the permanent law number and legal statutory citation of each law and prepares marginal notes, citations, and the legislative history (a brief description of the Congressional action taken on each public bill), which also contains dates of related Presidential remarks or statements). The OFR publishes the slip laws through the Congressional Printing Management Division, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Slip laws can be obtained:


United States Statutes at Large

The United States Statutes at Large is legal and permanent evidence of all the laws enacted during a session of Congress (1 U.S.C. 112). It also contains concurrent resolutions, reorganization plans, proposed and ratified amendments to the Constitution, and proclamations by the President.

It is published under the direction of the Office of the Federal Register through the Congressional Printing Management Division, U.S. Government Printing Office. The United States Statutes at Large can be obtained:

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