Statutes are the laws passed by the legislative branch of government and signed into law by the chief executive (president (for federal statutes) or governor (for state statutes)). Statutes that are currently in force are published in statutory codes, which are organized by subject. There are codes for federal statutes and different codes for each state. The relevant code is a good starting point for any research project involving an issue governed by statute.
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A legislative history of a statute is the sequence of steps or path taken to arrive at the final version of the law. The term is also used to refer to the document reflecting that history. Sometimes it can be useful to try to ascertain what the legislature intended in authoring a bill or the purpose and meaning of specific legislative language.