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.
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.