Statute Compilations Pilot Project

News October 30, 2018 - Initial set of 40 Compilations now available


GPO, in collaboration with the House Office of Legislative Counsel , Senate Office of Legislative Counsel, the Clerk of the House, and the Secretary of the Senate, are making available select Statute Compilations as a pilot project on govinfo.

An initial set of 40 Compilations is now available and additional Statute Compilations will be added to this collection over the next several months. The next phase of this project will be to convert legacy Statute Compilations file formats into United States Legislative Markup (USLM) XML and provide access to those files as bulk data. Learn more about the USLM projects on GPO's GitHub account.

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What are Statute Compilations?

In coordination with the Senate Office of Legislative Counsel, the House Office of Legislative Counsel maintains a corpus of Statute Compilations of public laws that either do not appear in the U.S. Code or that have been classified to a title of the U.S. Code that has not been enacted into positive law. Each Statute Compilation incorporates the amendments made to the underlying statute since it was originally enacted.

When legislation cites or amends a statutory provision that is not part of a positive law title of the U.S. Code, the citation or amendment must be to the underlying statute, not to the U.S. Code. Statute Compilations are a useful drafting aid in these circumstances.

Unofficial documents: These compilations of public laws, as amended, are unofficial documents and should not be cited as legal evidence of the law. While these publications do not represent an official version of any Federal statute, substantial efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of its contents. The official version of Federal law is found in the United States Statutes at Large and in the United States Code. The legal effect to be given to the Statutes at Large and the United States Code is established by statute (1 U.S.C. 112, 204).

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