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Is it a Public Law?

The Public Law is the final step in the in the legislative process.  A public law can be identified by the citation as cited below.

Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, Public Law 110-187 

Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007 is the popular name of the law.

Each law receives a unique public or private law number which has two parts: the number of the U. S. Congress, and a sequentially assigned number.

Public Law 110-187 is the 187th law passed during the 110th Congress. 

The official compilation of public laws, United States Statutes at Large, is published by the United States Government Printing Office at the end of each session of Congress. A subject index appears at the end of each volume.

At the end of each statute is a brief legislative history which will provide citations to the Congressional Record and Congressional documents such as hearing and committee reports.

For more information on United States Statutes at Large, click here to the Library of Congress - Federal Statutes web page.

Public Law - Online Resource

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