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SOWK 6201: Federal Policy

Public Policy for Congress

Federal Legislation

Definitions

Public Law

A public law is one that has passed through Congress and been signed into law by the President. It is assigned a law number and is published as a slip law. Example:  the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is Public Law No: 111-148; it is the 148th law passed in the 111th Congress. 

 

Statutes at Large

The Statutes at Large permanently compiles all the public laws passed in a session of Congress, so the laws are arranged chronologically in each volume. The citation reads volume number, name of publication, and page number where the law begins. Example: the Affordable Care Act is found at 124 Stat. 119:  volume 124 of the Statutes at Large, page 119. 

 

United States Code

The United States Code gathers all the laws and arranges them by subject matter into a Code with 50 "titles" or subject headings. Title 42 is for Public Health and Welfare, the title where you will find many health and social work-related laws. The Affordable Care Act is codified into the U.S. Code at 42 USC 18001.