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California

California Code of Regulations
Excludes Title 24, California Building Standards.

California Code of Regulations. Title 8 CAL/OSHA Standards

California State Assembly, Office of the Chief Clerk: Archives
Historical Archives of California State Assembly Journals (1849-2005), Histories and Indexes (1881-2005), and Statutes (1850-2008), are available here. You can read the original statute as it appears in Statutes and Amendments to the Codes. You can also read the bill history, which lists all of the action taken on a bill. And, the Assembly Journals provide information on the legislative intent of bills. Note: many documents on this site are very large PDF files that may take several minutes to download.

Official California Legislative Information
Includes California Law and Bill Information.

California County and Municipal Codes
(Not all counties and cities have codes online.)

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Federal

Code of Federal regulations
The CFR is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

CFR via the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (1996 to present)

CFR via ProQuest Congressional (1981 to present; click on Regulations)
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.

Congressional Record
The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debate of the U.S. Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. At the back of each daily issue os the "Daily Digest," which summarizes the day's floor and committee activities.

CR via ProQuest Congressional (1985 to present; click on Publications)
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.

CR via GPO Access (1994 to present)

CR via Thomas (1989 to present)

Federal Register
The Federal Register is the official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents.

Federal Register Online via GPO Access (1994 to present)

Federal Register via Proquest Congressional (1980 to present)
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.

Federal Register via HeinOnline (1936 to 2007; select "Federal Register Library")
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students. Please logout when finished.

Guide to U.S. Legislative History Sources (UC Berkeley Library, Government Information)
How to access committee hearings, committee reports and documents, floor debates, conference reports, presidential actions, laws, and regulations.

GPO Access
GPO Access allows searching of the Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, Congressional Bills, U.S. Code, and more.

Major environmental laws (from the EPA)
Includes Clean Air Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and more.

Regulations (EPA)
Find tools here to help you track the development of new EPA regulations and to help you find the existing regulations.

United States Code
The United States Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.

U.S. Code via House of Representatives, Office of the Law Revision Counsel, which also includes a search function.

U.S. Code via GPO Access

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Other Resources

Environmental Health Legislation Database
Sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, this database includes state legislation on such topics as asthma, pesticides, lead, mercury, and indoor air pollution. All entries include brief summaries of current legislation as well as status and bill number. It is searchable by topic, keyword, state, bill number, type of bill, and date.

General Resources for U.S. Government Information (UC Berkeley Library, Government Information)

Health Privacy | Center for Democracy & Technology
The Health Privacy Project is dedicated to raising public awareness of the importance of ensuring health privacy in order to improve health care access and quality, both on an individual and a community level. Provides access to cutting-edge research studies, policy analyses, and more.

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
Includes the Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (1981–present) and the Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective (1918-1981). The Index to Legal Periodicals and Books indexes legal journals, yearbooks, institutes, bar association journals, university publications and law reviews, and government publications from the United States, Puerto Rico, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The database also indexes some 1,400 monographs per year. The Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective indexes over 500 legal periodicals back to 1918.

International Digest of Health Legislation
"The International Digest of Health Legislation contains a selection of national and international health legislation. Texts of legislation are summarized in English or mentioned by their title. Where possible, links are provided to other websites that contain full texts of the legislation in question." Searchable by country, subject, keyword, etc.

LexisNexis Academic
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
Provides access to full text articles and documents from nearly 6,000 news, legal, and business sources.

LegalTrac (1980-present)
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
This database can be used to research government regulations, international law, and case law. It is particularly useful for researching policy issues. It provides access to all major law reviews, and specialty law and bar association journals. Some full text is available.

National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)
The National Academy for State Health Policy is an independent academy of state health policymakers working together to identify emerging issues, develop policy solutions, and improve state health policy and practice. NASHP provides a forum for constructive, nonpartisan work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health issues facing states. This site provides access to programs, research, and publications about many current policy issues including: access for the uninsured, children's health, longterm care, medicaid, and patient safety. Publications compare policy implementation between and across states.

National Conference of State Legislatures Bill Summaries/Databases
NCSL has developed this resource of 50-state compilations covering various issues that concern state legislators and legislative staff. Here you will find a topical listing of legislative and statutory databases.

ProQuest Congressional
Note: Access limited to UCB faculty, staff, and students.
Provides full-text and bibliographic access to Congressional Publications including House and Senate Reports and Documents, Hearings, Committee Prints, bills, laws, legislative histories and more. A content and coverage chart is available.

Table of Popular Names (Legal Information Institute, Cornell University)
"Laws acquire popular names as they make their way through Congress. The Table of Popular Names is organized alphabetically by popular name. Three types of link are associated with each popular name (though each law may not have all three types). One, a reference to a Public Law number, is a link to the bill as it was originally passed by Congress, and will take you to the Thomas legislative system at the Library of Congress (note that this system only contains relatively recent legislation). So-called "Short Title" links, and links to the notes attached to particular sections of the Code, will lead you to a textual roadmap describing how the particular law was incorporated into the US Code. Finally, links in which the name of a Code section appears followed by the phrase 'et seq.' indicates that the law in question was classified into the Code as a tight series of sequential sections that you can investigate by following the link."

UC Berkeley Library's Congressional Research Tutorials
"These tutorials show how to find Congressional materials in the UC Berkeley Library and on the Internet. Topics are finding a bill, hearing, congressional debate, how congress works and more."

Wex (Legal Information Institute, Cornell University Law School; formerly called "Law About...")
Wex is a collaboratively-created, public-access law dictionary and encyclopedia. Entries include an overview, relevant resources, and examples. Federal, State, and International resources are provided.

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