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Statutes or Codes are a subject compilation of the current law in force for a state or the Federal Government.  Session Laws (referred to as statutes-at-large for Federal laws) are a chronological listing of laws passed by a state or Federal legislature.  A slip law is a single law published (on a slip of paper) shortly after passage (the slip laws appear in the bound session laws volumes and the "session Laws" are integrated into the statutes according to subject).  For additional information, see "Federal Codes" and "Federal Legislative History."

Administrative laws are those promulgated by state (Oregon Administrative Rules) or Federal (Code of Federal Regulations) agencies pursuant to a legislative enactment (statute).  For additional information, see "Federal Regulations" and "Oregon Administrative Rules."

The Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) also include the Oregon and Federal Constitutions, tables for correlating past Oregon law chapter numbers with current ORS session numbers, the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure (Vol 1 after Ch.10) and separate updates for annotations of court decisions, law review articles, etc., which have cited the ORS.

NOTE: The enactment date and subsequent amendment dates for laws enacted after 1953 are in the ORS following the section.  However, for laws enacted prior to 1953 the dates have been omitted from the current ORS and you must use the two-volume set referred to as the Legislative History, Reviser's Notes and Annotations, commonly referred to as the 1953 "Reviser's Notes."  3rd floor by the ORS.  For additional information on the ORS, see "Oregon Revised Statutes" and "Oregon Legislative Records."

1.     Leiter, Richard, ed.  National Survey of State Laws.  5thed.  Detroit, Gale Research, Inc., 2004.  "Provides an overall view of forty-two of the most-asked about and controversial legal topics in the U.S..  Presented in chart format, this reference allows users to make basic state-by-state comparisons of current state laws."  LAW Ref. KF386.N38.

2.     Nyberg, Cheryl. Subject Compilations of State Laws.  Twin Falls, ID., Boast/Nyberg, 1994.  An annotated bibliography of subject compilations of state statutes published since 1960.  Kept current. Available online/HeinOnline.

3.     Schultz, Jon. Statutes Compared.  2nd ed. Buffalo, N.Y., Hein, 2001.  Looseleaf   "A U.S., Canadian, multinational research guide to statutes by subject."  KF1.S35. Current through 2003.