Answered By: Kate Britt
Last Updated: Mar 03, 2022     Views: 44

Session laws are the laws passed in a legislative session by a legislature and published in chronological order (as opposed to being arranged by subject, as in codifications like the United States Code, the United States Code Annotated, or the United States Code Service).

Federal Session Laws

Michigan Session Laws

  • Public and Local Acts of the Legislature of the State of Michigan

Other States' Session Laws

The Law Library's collection of state session laws is a mix of both paper and fiche.

  • To determine the holdings for a specific state, conduct a title search in the MLaw Library Catalog for "Session Laws of American States and Territories." Limit the search by the state you are interested in (e.g. Rhode Island). 
  • The only exception to this is Michigan.  
  • In general:
    • Pre-1871 will be in paper, shelved in the CLOSED STACKS. 
    • 1871-1925 will be in paper in the CLOSED STACKS. 
    • 1900-current will be in fiche at the Information Desk. See the MLaw Library Catalog for the microfiche call number. 

Also, check HeinOnline Session Laws Library for state session laws.

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