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BRC 319 -- Mass Media & the Law




    • Access our Government Documents webpage by clicking on the link, “Reference Resources” from the library homepage, then “Government Information”
    • Select “Bill Summary and Status, 1973 – present”
    • IMPORTANT:  Select the correct Congress number before searching.  If unsure, check the “Congress to Year Conversion” link
    • Find the law you have chosen, and click on the H.R. number.
    • Clicking on the link for “All Information” will give all the information on all the actions that have taken place on this bill (click “All Actions”)
    • For good overviews of how our laws are made, you may want to look at:

New York State

New York State:

    • Use Westlaw to search for state laws.  Input your search, then click the box for “State Statutes.”  Be sure to select a state.
    • Click on the desired law to go to the full text.
    • On the left-hand side of the page of full text, click on the link for History.
    • You should see the history of the law, including the bill number, year it was introduced, and the chamber of government (either the Senate of Assembly)\
    • To locate the text of the bill and additional history,  go to:
      • Reference Resources page (from library’s home page)
      • Government information
      • New York State
      • Legislative Bills (1995 to current)
      • NYS Legislative Bills
      • Do either a word search for the bill, or if you found the bill number in Westlaw, put the bill number in.  If it is a Senate bill, put a S before the bill number.  For Assembly bills, put an A before the number.
      • Check off all applicable boxes beneath the search box for additional information.
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