Statute Compilations

Last updated on 10-30-2018

Statute Compilations

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Overall Currency Note: These compilations are current through the enactment of Public Law 115–269 enacted October 16, 2018. The "As Amended Through" note in each compilation indicates the most recently enacted public law that amended the provisions compiled (unless those provisions were amended by a public law enacted after Public Law 115–269). The online version of the United States Code may be consulted for information regarding whether a provision has been affected by any later enactments.


About Statute Compilations

What are they?

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 Each Statute Compilation incorporates the amendments made to the underlying statute since it was originally enacted.

United States Code classification tables, maintained by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel, show where recently enacted laws will appear in the U.S. Code and which sections of the Code have been amended by those laws.

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).

Corrections: Please contact the House Office of Legislative Counsel at holcwebmaster@mail.house.gov if you notice any error in a compilation.


What is available?

Compilations published as Committee Prints: Periodically, certain Statute Compilations are published as Congressional Committee Prints, which is a separate collection on govinfo. Please note that the compilations printed as Committee Prints may not be the most current compilation, but are current as of the time they were published as a Committee Print. These compilations are different from this separate collection of Statute Compilations that are updated on a regular basis (see Currency note below).

See an example of a compilation published as a Committee Print (PDF) Note that "COMMITTEE PRINT" is printed at the top of the first page and the amended through date is January 1, 2009 ("Compilation of the Social Security Laws Including the Social Security Act, As Amended, and Related Enactments Through January 1, 2009").

See an example of a compilation in this stand-alone Statute Compilations collection (PDF) that is updated (see Currency note below).

To view other compilations published as Congressional Committee Prints for historical purposes, try this search query: collection:cprt title:compilation

Currency: Statute Compilations in this collection are updated as new Public Laws are enacted that amend the underlying statute since it was originally enacted. Only the most recent version of the compilation is available for download, but previous versions will be retained in the govinfo preservation repository.

  • There is an overall currency note above that specifies a more recent public law number which indicates a given release point that the House Office of Legislative Counsel has processed and published updates to Statute Compilations through that given public law number.
  • Each Statute Compilation also has an individual currency note printed on the first page that states: This publication is a compilation of the text of Public Law (number). It was last amended by the public law listed in the As Amended Through note above and below at the bottom of each page of the PDF version and reflects current law through the date of the enactment of the public law listed above. (See the overall currency note above for details.

Merged Compilations: The Public Health Service Act and the Social Security Act compilations are divided into multiple files by title numbers. For example, Social Security Act-TITLE I (PDF) is accessed separately from Social Security Act-TITLE II (PDF). The separate files are listed together in order on the Statute Compilations browse page.


Searching Statute Compilations

You can find and search Statute Compilations by:

  • Using Basic Search for keyword and metadata fielded searches,
  • Using Advanced Search; fields specific to the Statute Compilations will display after you select Statute Compilations in the Refine by Collection column,
  • Refining search results by clicking on filters in the Refine Your Search panel on the left hand side of the search results page (the filters under Refine Your Search correspond to the metadata available for the documents), and
  • Browsing the Statute Compilations browse page.

General govinfo Search Tips

Tips for Searching Statute Compilations

Search only the Statute Compilations collection:

  • Conduct a basic search and include collection:comps in the query. See example.
  • Conduct a basic search then refine by Statute Compilations under the Collection filter to the left of search results. See example.
  • Conduct an advanced search and select Statute Compilations under Refine by Collection. See example.
  • Try conducting a basic search and adding the word compilation to the query. See example.

Titles: The title displayed for each Statute Compilation could be only one of several short titles by which the law may be cited. Additionally, compilations may include provisions in addition to that indicated by the display title. Therefore, compilations can be searched by any of the short titles in the compilation or by the original "full" title.

For example, the compilation for the Homeland Security Act of 2002 can be found with any of the following searches:

Public Law Citation: Select compilations have Public Law citations that, where available, reference the compilation's original Public Law number (before amended). You can search applicable compilations by this Public Law citation. For example, a search for plawcitation:(Public Law 107-296) returns the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

General keyword search: Unless using field operators, the basic search looks for your query in the full text and metadata of every publication in the system. When conducting a general keyword search, you may find it helpful to refine results by Statute Compilations under the Collection filter to the left of search results or add quotation marks around your search terms. See example.


Sample Statute Compilations URLs

govinfo uses the package ID to construct predictable URLs to documents and Details pages for individual Statute Compilations.

    Identifier

    Structure/Metadata Field

    Example

    Package ID

    COMPS-{fileID}

    COMPS-973

    Details Page for a Statute Compilation

    Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/{Package ID}

    Example: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/COMPS-973

    PDF File for a Statute Compilation

    Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/{Package ID}/pdf/{Package ID}.pdf

    Example: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/COMPS-973/pdf/COMPS-973.pdf


    Statute Compilations Metadata Fields and Values

    Metadata fields and values can be used to increase the relevancy of your searches. Metadata fields and values are used throughout govinfo for

    • Narrowing Your Search,
    • Browsing Government Publications,
    • Field Operators,
    • Advanced Search, and
    • Display on Details Pages.

    Metadata fields and values can be entered into the Basic Search box using field operators. The field operators available for the Statute Compilations are listed in the table below, along with examples for each metadata field. Using Field Operators

    Some of these metadata fields are made available for use in Advanced Search. The metadata values can be entered in the same format for the fields available on the Advanced Search Page. Using Advanced Search

    Metadata Field Display Name

    Metadata Field Definition

    Field Operator

    Field Operator Example

    Collection

    The collection to which the document belongs. Typically the same as the publication or series.

    collection:

     

    collection:comps

     

    "comps" is used for the Statute Compilations collection

    Government Author

    The names of the Government organizations responsible for authoring or assembling the document.

    governmentauthor:

    governmentauthor:"Congress"

    Publication Date

    The date the document was first made available to the public.

    publishdate:

    publishdate:2018-05-30

     

    Date format is YYYY-MM-DD

    Language

    The language code of the original document, from the ISO639-2b standard.

    language:

    language:eng

    SuDoc Class Number

    The SuDoc class number from the U.S. Superintendent of Documents which classifies Government publications by publishing agency.

    sudocclass:

    sudocclass:"Y 1.2:"

     

    The SuDoc Class Numbers in govinfo are generally at the class stem level, not the book number level.

    Ingestion Date

    The date the document was ingested into the preservation repository.

    ingestdate:

    ingestdate:2018-05-30

     

    Date format is YYYY-MM-DD

    Electronic Location (URL)

    The URL where the document or the document in context (the content detail page) is located.

    url:

    url:app/details/COMPS-9840

    Publisher

    The government organization who publishes the document or publication. Not typically the Government Publishing Office (who serves as the printer and distributor), except in the case of Congressional publications.

    publisher:

    publisher:"u.s. government publishing office"

    Branch

    The branch of Government responsible for the document's contents.

    branch:

    branch:legislative

     

    Possible Values: executive, legislative, judicial

    Type of Resource

    The media type for the document, typically "text". Defined as part of the Library of Congress MODS standard.

    typeofresource:

    typeofresource:text

    Record Origin

    How the record was originally generated. Typically "machine generated."

    recordorigin:

    recordorigin:"machine generated"

    Publication Title

    The full title or short title of the Statute Compilation.

    title:

    title:"To consolidate and revise the laws relating to the Public Health Service, and for other purposes."

    title:"Public Health Service Act"

    Public Law Amended Through

    The most recently enacted Public Law that amended provisions compiled in the Statute Compilation (subject to the overall currency of the Statute Compilations collection).

    amendedthrough:

    amendedthrough:"114-95"

    amendedthrough:"public law 114-95"

    Congressional Bills Citation

    Citation references to Congressional Bills.

    billscitation:

    billscitation:"h.r. 34"

    Public Law Citation

    Citation references to Public or Private Laws.

    plawcitation:

    plawcitation:"public law 87-128"