News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


ProQuest Congressional

ProQuest Congressional provides users with efficient, targeted access to the most comprehensive collection of historic and current congressional information available anywhere online.

ProQuest Congressional [linked from our database page] is one of the best databases to use to answer any legislative history question. It is available on campus, or remotely with authentication (CSU ID and Pin). One great feature is compiled legislative histories.  A compiled legislative history means that someone else has gone to the trouble of gathering and organizing all the documents related to the passage of an important piece of legislation in one place.

For more information on conducting legislative history research, see our Legislative History Research Guide.

Ohio Legislative History and More with Hannah Capitol Connection

hannah-capitol-connectionHannah Capitol Connection for Ohio legislative history research is available remotely for Cleveland Marshall students, faculty and staff, for educational use only. Just use the link in this post, or a link from the library webpage (under Law Databases), and you can get in from home using your CSU ID and PIN. Capitol Connection provides one-stop shopping for Ohio legislative history documents corresponding to bills and acts from 1989 forward.

 

What does Hannah Capitol Connection have that is not on the Ohio General Assembly’s webpage or elsewhere on the Internet? Among other things …

 

  • Coverage back to 1989. The Ohio General Assembly’s page only goes back to 1997.
  • Summaries of hearing testimony (When you pull up a bill, click on “Bill History”).
  • Hannah Report news articles corresponding to each bill.
  • Executive Orders back to 1999.
  • A fifty state search to find legislation pertaining to particular topics in all or some of the fifty states.
  • A search for bills and acts that actually changed a particular Ohio Revised Code section, not that merely mentioned the section in passing.

For more information on researching Ohio legislative history, see our Legislative History Research Guide.

Resources for Conducting Multi-State Surveys

Multi color map of United StatesWhether you are researching in a developing area of law, or one that is well-settled, you may find that you need to compare and contrast laws in multiple states. Conducting a multi-state survey can be challenging and time consuming, but fortunately there are many tools available to help.

Westlaw offers 50 state surveys, located on the Secondary Sources page. There is one database for state statutes and another for state regulations. Each database is searchable by keyword and contains surveys on a variety of topics. Each survey provides links to the states’ statutes or regulations. Lexis Advance also offers 50 state surveys of statutes and regulations, and has a database dedicated to state tax charts with analysis. Users can search the databases or browse the table of contents. Bloomberg Law offers a State Chart Builder feature on a variety of topics that lets you select which states you want to compare and then displays your selected results. You can find the Chart Builder within each Practice Center. Hein Online offers a National Survey of State Laws that is browseable by topic or searchable by keyword.

There are great free tools available as well. For example, the Uniform Law Commission keeps track of which states have passed or are considering their proposed uniform laws, mentioned on this blog in the post about Digital Assets. Cornell LII offers a Topical Index of State Statutes, which is a compilation of state laws organized by topic, but does not provide comparison charts. Openstates.org is a project developed by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to governmental transparency. Openstates.org features  a searchable database of legislation from all 50 states, voting records, and bill tracking tools. Finally, the National Conference of State Legislatures compiles summaries, analysis, and charts of state laws on a variety of topics.

Updated Ohio Constitution Guide

Source: https://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/ohio-statehood/

Source:https://www.archives.gov/legislative/features/ohio-statehood/

Looking for information on the Ohio Constitution and current constitutional issues? Check out the Ohio Constitution – Law and History Guide, which has recently been updated. This research guide includes references to primary and secondary sources, information on Ohio’s previous constitutions and conventions, tables tracking proposed amendments, suggested resources by topic, and more.

The Court Decisions tab features brief summaries of Ohio Supreme Court opinions weighing in on constitutional law issues, now including very recent 2016 opinions. The research guide also features information on pending cases, and links to the Supreme Court’s docket and video recordings of oral arguments.

A new table was just added to track Proposed Bills and Resolutions that amend the Constitution and are currently before the Ohio Legislature. If you are looking for proposed amendments decided by Ohio voters, those can still be found under the Table of Proposed Amendments and Votes.

Another source for current constitutional issues is the Ohio Constitution News blog, operated in conjunction with the research guide.

Keep in mind that proposed amendments and constitutional revisions can be good fodder for upper level research papers.

Accessing Federal Executive, Legislative and Regulatory Information

obamaKeeping to our theme of “Sunshine Week”, this post will focus on getting federal executive, legislative and regulatory information.

The Public Papers of the President is your one stop shop for recent Presidential information going back to the Presidency of Ronald Regan. The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) began publishing the Public Papers of the Presidents series in 1957 as an official publication of United States Presidents’ public writings, addresses, and remarks (1 CFR 10). For legal researchers, Presidential Executive Orders would be of most interest.

Each Public Papers volume contains the papers and speeches of the President of the United States that were issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during the specified time period. The material is presented in chronological order, and the dates shown in the headings are the dates of the documents or events. In instances when the release date differs from the date of the document itself, that fact is shown in the textnote.

Federal Regulations can be found on the eCFR website, which is usually current to within the last few days. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) annual edition contains the final versions of the CFR for each year going back to 1996. 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).

Congress.gov is your one stop shopping for everything related to the US Congress including bills, resolutions, public laws, the US code, and the Congressional Record.