HeinOnline's U.S. Federal Legislative History Library is a research powerhouse containing more than 2,400 titles and covering all major public laws. Documents contained in legislative histories include various bill versions, House reports, Senate reports, congressional hearings, the full text of the final public law, and more. Researchers use these documents to clarify ambiguous statutory language and to determine legislative intent behind all or portions of a public law.
This month, we've added two significant compiled legislative histories dealing with extremely relevant topics: cybersecurity and tax hikes.
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As we approach the end of November, we face the largest shopping season in the United States. The weekend following Thanksgiving has two specific days entirely dedicated to retail shopping—"Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday." Depending on where you live in the U.S., you may be paying a substantially higher or lower sales tax than fellow shoppers in neighboring states.
What constitutes a retail sale and which goods are subject to tax varies across the nation. The rates for sales tax fluctuate by jurisdiction and range from less than 1% to more than 10%. Almost all jurisdictions provide tax exemptions or lowered tax rates for numerous categories of goods and services.
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November is Mark Twain's birthday month. Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835, he was a writer, publisher, and public speaker, and is known as the "father of American literature." Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which ultimately became the setting for two of his most notable books, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Adventures of Tom Sawyer. His wit and satire, both written and spoken, were widely praised by critics,
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With the September release, 66 new documents and 23 new titles have been added to World Constitutions Illustrated; see below for details.
We add the English translation of the Parliament of the Constitution of 1998 as amended to 2007, and the Albanian text of the amending law No. 9904 of 2008 from the official gazette
5 documents have been added: all French texts from the official gazette: 3 from the transitional period of 1994,
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William S. Hein & Co., Inc. has proudly served the law library community since 1961, and HeinOnline exists thanks to both the Company's vision and a collaborative effort with law librarians. In July of 2011, Spinelli's Law Library Reference Shelf was launched. The collection was originally called Law Librarian's Reference Shelf, as its original intention was to benefit that same law library community that has supported the Hein Company for decades.
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Today is Election Day! It has been an unconventional and seemingly prolonged path to the White House, but we are now moments away from electing the 45th President of the United States. Given today's significance, we thought this might be an opportune time to highlight our U.S. Presidential Library.
Did you know HeinOnline has the most comprehensive collection of documents related to the Presidency in digital format?
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With the recent news that "Obamacare" health insurance premiums are set to rise an average of 22% next year, the healthcare crisis in the U.S. has once again come to the attention of the taxpaying public.
Officials cite the following reasons for the price increase:
Fewer insurers willing to participate in the public healthcare market
Not enough "healthy" people signed up for insurance
Those who signed up for insurance are sicker than the industry predicted
Although federal subsidies should help most Americans pay for this increase,
» Read more about: No Money, More Problems: Healthcare in the United States »
HeinOnline is constantly adding content and tools to enhance users' research experiences, but this month featured more announcements than most. Be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletters to stay informed on what's new and what's coming soon!
Since there was so much to absorb, here's a summary of what happened in October:
1. HeinOnline's overall page count surpassed 140,000,000! There are more than 120,000 titles, nearly 300,000 volumes,
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Four debates down, one election to go! Televisions, computers, and mobile devices in the United States have been taken over by the presidential election for more than a year. Back in June, this blog post encouraged readers to step away from the current political climate to study the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Take another break and check out a few key historical amendments and public laws related to voting in the United States.
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HeinOnline is pleased to announce that the Provincial Statutes of Canada are now available and have been automatically included in all Canadian Core subscriptions at no additional cost! U.S. and other international subscribers will have the option of purchasing perpetual access to this collection for a small one-time fee.
The Provincial Statutes of Canada are composed of nearly 100 titles, 1,500 volumes, and more than 850,000 pages of material. This collection includes Provincial Statutes for all ten Canadian providences.
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