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Public and Private Laws: Main Page

Public and private laws are prepared and published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). GPO Access contains the text of public and private laws enacted from the 104th Congress to the present. The database for the current session of Congress is updated when the publication of a slip law is authorized by OFR. Documents are available as ASCII text and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. More on Public and Private Laws.

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Current Congress Only, 110th Congress (2007-08)

Previous Congresses -- 104th (1995-96) through 110th (2007-08) Congress

Related Documents:

  • History of Line Item Veto Notices (as published in the Federal Register) prior to Supreme Court Opinion No. 97-1374  TEXT | PDF 
    (Argued April 27, 1998 -- Decided June 25, 1998).
  • How Our Laws Are Made (Senate Document 105-14) TEXT (166K) | PDF (327K)

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