The purpose of this guide is to provide researchers with resources for finding legislative information on the federal and state level.
Because the legislative process can be convoluted at times, it might be useful for researchers to consult one or more of the links below for a basic understanding of how laws are made.
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government: How Laws Are Made Although aimed at a younger audience, this web site provides a clear, basic outline of the federal legislative process useful to anyone unfamiliar with legal research.
How Our Laws Are Made A much more detailed explanation of the federal legislative process as supplied by THOMAS, the Library of Congress web site (named after Thomas Jefferson), concerning Congressional information. NOTE: THOMAS has been replaced by Congress.gov but this link on the legislative process is still available.
The legislative process is similar on the state level, generally speaking, to the federal process described in the above web sites, but each state does have its own peculiarities and variations. A directory of state and U.S. territory legislative web sites is provided below. Many, if not most, will have a link explaining the legislative process as it pertains to its state or territory.
The Alabama Legislature: The Legislative Process An explanation of the legislative process for the State of Alabama.
This page last updated November 17, 2016 at 4:12 p.m.