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Search by Public Law Number in U.S. Statutes at Large


To search for a public law number, use the Public Law Number field in the Advanced Search option, and use public_law_number in the One-Box  Search option. Public Law Numbers may be listed in 3 different formats, depending upon the date the public law was passed.

  • Laws passed during the 1st-56th Congress were identified using chapter numbers and the session of congress.

Example: Chapter 5, 2 Congress

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  • Laws passed during the 57th-84th Congress were also assigned public law numbers, and thus were identified using the chapter number/session of congress and the public law number. When searching for a public law number during this time, you can search by the Public Law Number or by the Chapter/Congress.

Example: Public Law 59-3/Chapter 3, 59 Congress

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  • Laws passed from the 85th Congress and forward have been identified using only public law numbers.

Example: Public Law 101-11

 

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