This guide contains resources specifically relating to state and federal legislation & social policy. For multidisciplinary resources or those on other topics, please see the main library web site or other LibGuides.
National or state legislation (bills) that have been passed into law
State Supreme, U.S. Supreme or Federal District Court Decisions
Executive Orders issued by the United States President or the Governor of the State
Administrative rules or codes that define how state or federal agencies implement the law
Other useful terminology:
Bill: a proposed law that is put before the state legislature or U.S. Congress. It's not policy yet, but is helpful for understanding context of a future policy.
Hearing: a public meeting in which interested parties can express their opinions/concerns for the proposed legislation. It's not policy, but is helpful for identifying interested parties/organizations/advocates.
Statute/Law/Act/Enrolled Bill: These are all terms used for legislation that has passed. It is policy.
Code: a compiled resource that consolidates and classifies laws, regulations and rules and provides and index by topic and how the legislation is used (e.g. CFR - Code of Federal Regulations). It is policy.