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Health Law: Statutes & Legislative Histories

This research guide is designed to introduce the various health law resources that the Seton Hall Law community has access to.

Statutes at Large

The Statutes at Large chronologically publishes enacted legislation.

Because Session Laws provide a retrospective record of each legislative change that was made at a particular point in time, they are often used to trace the development of current law.   

United States Code

Enacted legislation is then organized topically within the United States Code.  In addition, repealed or expired laws are removed, amendments are integrated, and any necessary renumbering is done.

Databases

To research legislation related to health law topics consider using one of the specialized health law databases to streamline your search instead of performing a broad search.

Legislative Histories

The following resources are helpful when researching the legislative history of a health law statute.

ProQuest Congressional

ProQuest Congressional allows you to explore congress in action with a comprehensive online resource for congressional publications and legislative research.  

ProQuest Legislative Insight

ProQuest Legislative Insight is a Federal legislative history service that makes available thoroughly researched compilations of digital full text publications created by Congress during the process leading up to the enactment of U.S. Public Laws.

HeinOnline US Federal Legislative History Library

Legislative histories for select federal legislation.

Westlaw

Enter statute citation.  Once on statute page, select "History" and then "Legislative History Materials". 

Library of Congress: Congress.gov

Each piece of legislation has it's own page on Congress.gov which provides access to the history of the legislation including its: summary, major actions, titles, amendments, cosponsors, committees, and related bills.

Subject Guide

State Laws

Created and maintained by the National Conference of State Legislator