Many secondary sources will claim to say, "the law says..." or "according to Georgia state law...." How can we find out what the law actually says? Below are resources to find out what the law actually says. However, many legal experts, lawmakers, and judges interpret the law in different ways and will publish their opinions. This is one example of why it is important to know the difference between primary and secondary sources.
One of the first official government websites you should head to is usa.gov. This is the official website of The United States Government. It will take you to a wealth of information about the government. You will also be able to find how to obtain official state and local information. If you scroll down this box, you will find a short tutorial on how to find Georgia's state laws, which can be applied to other local and state governments as well.
It should also be noted that the official laws and government information produced will almost always have the '.gov' domain extension. To know who is publishing the information, look at the 'About...' link. The 'About..." will tell you if it is the U.S. government publishing it, or another organization or person.
Congress.gov will allow you to search for legislation and the status of legislation. It often provides helpful links to other government sites when appropriate. You can also search for laws from the current congress and past congresses.
About Congress.gov - "Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, the Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service."
Usa.gov provides a directory that will take you to any state or territory's official government website. From there, you will have access to a lot of official information including contact information, names of the governor and other officials, and links to many of the state government agencies. To find the state laws, each state will have the link location in a different place. However, it is typically very intuitive to find.
FDsys is a database published by the Government Publications Office (GPO). Its coverage is from 1997 to the present.
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