Government Resources: Bills & Laws

Find valuable research and statistical information available within government web sites

Organizations Working to Increase Government Transparency

Two non-partisan, not-for-profit organizations share information about what our present day government is doing.

The Sunlight Foundation  is a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government globally and uses technology to make government more accountable to all.

Read about issues created by U.S. government actions in this increasingly digital world through the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. 

FOIA stands for the Freedom of Information Act.  " Mapper Aims to Make it Easier for Journalists to Know Where to Look for Public Documents by Joseph Lichterman."  See also MuckRock.

How a Bill Becomes a Law

School House Rock:

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Source: YouTube

How a Bill Becomes a Federal Law (More in-depth)

The Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics presents one of its Annenberg Classroom videos, The Legislative Process: How a Bill Becomes a Federal Law.

Click here to see other videos available from this organization.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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Use the linked resources below to learn about proposed bills in Congress, and find federal and state laws that have already passed through Congress.

Find Federal and State Laws Online

The links below give access to Federal laws (U.S Code) or Ohio laws (Ohio Revised Code):

United States Code Annotated

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