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Public Law

Legislation having to do with the relationship individuals have with their government. Examples of public laws are criminal codes, laws creating social safety net programs, and statutes governing lawsuits. Public law contrasts with private law, which has to do with relations between individuals without government intervention.
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Slip laws (both public laws and private laws) are accumulated, corrected and published at the end of each session of Congress in a series of bound volumes entitled Statutes at Large.
It is often difficult to find current, updated versions of frequently amended public laws in print.
issue pamphlets containing copies of recently enacted public laws arranged in chronological order.
The public laws are arranged alphabetically and can be searched under their commonly known names.
The reason I am often mistaken for a libertarian--even though I am more comfortable talking about rules than rights, I prefer reasonableness to reason, and I care about government's effectiveness rather than its size--is that my soft communitarianism leads toward a persistent skepticism about the oozing encroachment of public law into every pore of daily life.
The microfiche have headers which include the public law number and Congress, a title derived from the Statutes-at-Large (a compilation of the common names of laws), and a microfiche card number.

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