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Social Policy: Government & Social Policy Documents

Government & Social Policy Documents

The sub-pages for Government & Social Policy Documents are organized according to location and document type, e.g. Federal Legislation and State Legislation; Federal Laws and Regulations and State Laws and Regulations; and Federal Agencies, State Agencies, and Local Agencies. 

To introduce yourself to some resources that you may be using for identifying government & social policy documents, you can refer to the following: 

Laws, Codes, Regulations, and Other Relevant Legal Jargon

The following definitions are provided in order to orient you to the sub-pages of Government & Social Policy Documents in this research guide. All definitions are provided by FindLaw's Legal Dictionary. 

  • Bill

A draft of a law presented to a legislature for enactment. 

  • Case Law

law established by judicial decisions in cases as distinguished from law created by legislation.

  • Code 

A systematic compilation or revision of law or legal principles that is arranged esp. by subject; one that contains the law of a specific jurisdiction or topic promulgated by legislative authority [U.S. Code ] [Code of Massachusetts Regulations] 

  • Law 

A rule of conduct or action prescribed or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority: as 
a : a command or provision enacted by a legislature see also statute 
b : something (as a judicial decision) authoritatively accorded binding or controlling effect in the administration of justice [that case is no longer the of this circuit].

  • Legislation

1 : the making or giving of laws; specifically the exercise of the power and function of making rules that have the force of authority by virtue of their promulgation by an official organ of the state 
2 : the enactments of a legislator or legislative body.

  • Regulation

A rule or order issued by a government agency and often having the force of law.

  • Statute 

A law enacted by the legislative branch of a government.