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Administrative Procedure Act, 1946 (DOJ Leg. Hist.)
Pub. L. 79-404, June 11, 1946, 60 Stat. 237
(5 USC 551 et seq.)

Agricultural Adjustment Act, 1933 & subsequent farm legislation
Pub. L. 73-10, May 12, 1933, 48 Stat. 31 (NALC Leg. Hist.)
(7 USC § 601 et. seq.) (7 CFR Pt. 900 et. seq.)

American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 (DOJ Leg. Hist.)
Pub. L. 103-412, Oct. 25, 1994, 108 Stat. 4239 (H.R. 4833 - LoC)
(25 USC § 4001 et seq.) (25 CFR pt. 1200

Animal Welfare Act, 1966 & subsequent amdts (USDA Leg. Hist.)
Pub. L. 89-544, Aug. 24, 1966, 80 Stat. 350
(7 USC § 2131 et. seq.) (9 CFR pts. 1, 2, 3, 4)

Anti Car Theft Act of 1992 (DOJ Leg. Hist.) (H.R. 4542 - LOC)
Pub. L. 102-519, Oct. 25, 1992, 106 Stat. 3384
(49 USC § 30501 et seq.; 49 USC 33101 et seq. )

Antidumping Act of 1921 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test)
Pub. L. 67-10, May 27, 1921, ch. 14, Title II, 42 Stat. 11
(19 USC §§ 160-171, repealed; see 19 USC § 1671 et. seq.)
(19 CFR pt. 351, 354)

Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005
Pub. L. 109-8, April 20, 2005, 119 Stat, 23 (FRB Leg. Hist.) (S. 256 -LoC)
(11 USC § 101, et. seq.)

Civil Rights Commission Act of 1983 & amdts (Hse Judiciary/U Md - Leg. Hist.)
Pub. L. 98-183, Nov. 30, 1983; 97 Stat. 1301 (H.R. 2230 - LoC)
(42 U.S.C. § 1975 et. seq.) (45 C.F.R. pt. 701 et. seq.)

Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test)
Pub. L. 92-583, Oct. 27, 1972, 86 Stat. 1230
(16 USC §§ 1451-1464) (16 CFR pt. 923, 930)

Coastal Zone Management Act Amendments of 1976 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test)
Pub. L. 94-370, July 26, 1976, 90 Stat. 1013 (S. 586 - LoC)
(16 USC §§ 1451-1464) (15 CFR pt. 923, 930)

Copyrights (Title 17 revision & codification, 1947 & related acts)
Selected historical documents (IP Mall) (does not include 1947 Act history)
Pub. L. 80-281, July 30, 1947, 61 Stat. 652
(17 USC § 101 et. seq.) (37 CFR Pt. 201 et. seq.)

Copyright Law: Revision and Recodification, 1976 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test)
Pub. L. 94-553, Oct. 19, 1976, 90 Stat. 2541-2598 (S. 22 - LoC)
(17 USC § 101 et. seq.) (19 CFR pt. 133, 37 CFR pt. 201 et. seq.)

Department of Commerce and Labor, an act to establish (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test)
Pub. L. 57-87, Feb. 14, 1903, ch. 552, 32 Stat. 825
(15 USC §1501 et. seq.) (15 CFR pt. 0 et. seq.)

Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 1998 (HRRC Leg. Hist) (IP Mall Leg. Hist.)
Pub. L. 105-304, Oct. 28, 1998, 112 Stat. 2860 (H.R. 2281 - LoC)
(17 USC Ch 12 & 13)

Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, 2010
(FRB Leg. Hist.) (H.R. 4173 - LoC)
Pub. L. 111-203, July 21, 2010, 124 Stat. 1376
(12 USC § 5301 et seq.)

Electronic Freedom of Information Amendments Act of 1996
(Leg. Hist. - Public Citizen) (H.R. 3802 - LoC)
Pub. L. 104-231, Oct. 2, 1996, 110 Stat. 3048
(5 U.S.C. § 552 note)

Export Administration Act of 1965 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test)
Pub. L. 89-63, June 30, 1965, 79 Stat. 209 (H.R. 7105)
(50 USC App. 2022-25, 2032 - omitted from USC; expired Dec. 31, 1969)

Export Administration Act of 1972 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test)
Pub. L. 92-412, Title I, Aug. 29, 1972, 86 Stat. 644-646
(50 USC App. 2401 et. seq.) (15 CFR pt. 730 et. seq.)

Export Administration Act of 1979 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test) (S. 737 - LoC)
Pub. L. 96-72, Sept. 29, 1979, 93 Stat. 503
(50 USC App. 2401 et. seq.) (15 CFR pt. 730 et. seq.)

Export Trading Act of 1982 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test) (S. 734 - LoC)
Pub. L. 97-290, Title I, Oct. 8, 1982, 96 Stat. 1233
(15 USC §§ 4001-4003) (no CFR cite)

Federal Alcohol Administration Act, 1935 (Leg. Hist. via Internet Archive)
Pub. L. 74-401, Aug. 29, 1935, 49 Stat. 977
(27 USC 201 et. seq.) (27 CFR pt. 1 et. seq.)

Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 (renamed) (Leg. Hist. - DoL)
Pub. L. 91-173, Dec. 30, 1969, 83 Stat. 742
(30 U.S.C. § 801 et seq.) (30 C.F. R. pt. 1 et. seq.)

Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Leg. Hist. - DoL) (S. 717 - LoC)
Pub. L. 95-164, Nov. 9, 1977, 91 Stat. 1290
(30 U.S.C. § 801 et seq.) (30 C.F. R. pt. 1 et. seq.)

Federal Register Act, 1935 (FRB Leg. Hist.)
Pub. L. 74-200, ch. 417, July 26, 1935, 50 Stat. 500
(44 U.S.C. 1501 et. seq.) (1 C.F.R. pt. 1 et. seq.)

Federal Reserve Act, 1913 (FRB Leg. Hist.)
Pub. L.63-43, ch. 6, Dec. 23 1913, 38 Stat. 251
(12 U.S.C. 221 et. seq.) (12 C.F.R. pt. 201 et. seq.)

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (DOJ Leg. Hist.) (S. 305 - LoC)
Pub. L. 95-213, Title I, Dec. 19, 1977, 91 Stat. 1494
(15 USC 78dd-1 et. seq.) (28 CFR pt. 80)

Freedom of Information Act, 1966, 1967 (GW U - Leg. Hist)
Pub. L. 89-487, July 4, 1966, 80 Stat. 250 (Sen. Judiciary Cmte Print - Leg. Hist.)
Pub. L. 90-23, June 5, 1967, 81 Stta. 54, 56 (5 USC 552)

Government in the Sunshine Act, 1976 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test) (S. 5 - LoC)
Pub. L. 94-409, Sept. 13, 1976, 90 Stat. 1241
(5 USC § 552b) (each agency has its own regs under Act)

Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (NARF Leg. Hist.)
Pub. L. 95-608, Nov. 8, 1978, 92 Stat. 3069 (S. 1214 - LoC)
(25 USC 1901 et. seq.) (25 CFR pt. 23)

Indian Health Care Improvement Act, 1976 (IHS Leg. Hist.) (S. 522 - Loc)
Pub. L. 094-437, Sept. 30, 1976, 90 Stat. 1400, et al.
(25 USC 1601 et seq.)

Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, 2011 (Pillsbury - requires registration)
Pub. L. 112-29, Sept. 16, 2011, 125 Stat. 284 (H.R. 1249 - LoC)
(35 USC 1 et seq.) (37 CFR pt. 1 et seq.)

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 1990 (Natl Park Serv Leg. Hist.)
Pub. L. 101-601, Nov. 16, 1990, 104 Stat. 3048 (H.R. 5237 - LoC)
(25 USC 3001 et seq.) (43 CFR pt. 10)

Patent Law: Revision and Codification, 1952 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test)
Patent Laws - selected historical documents, 1790 to current (IP Mall)
Pub. L. 82-593, July 19, 1952, 66 Stat. 792
(35 USC § 1 et. seq.) (37 CFR pt. 1)

Privacy Act of 1974 (S. 3418 - LoC; Cmte Print Leg. Hist.)
Pub. L. 93-579, Sep. 13, 1976, 90 Stat. 1241
(5 USC § 552a) (12 CFR pt. 261a)

Reorganization Revision Plan No. 3 of 1979 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test)
Reorganiztion plans became law if Congress failed to disaprove them
(See H. Res. 428 & S. Res. 245 - LoC)

Social Security Act (SSA Leg. Hist.)
Pub. L. 74-271, Aug. 14, 1935, ch. 531, 49 Stat. 620
(42 U.S.C. § 301 et seq.) (20 C.F.R. pt. 401 et. seq.)

Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (H.R. 2 - LoC)
Pub. L. 95-87, Aug. 3, 1977, 91 Stat. 445 (Leg. Hist. - OSMRE)
(30 U.S.C. § 1201 et seq.) (30 C.F. R. pt. 700 et. seq.)

Trade Act of 1974 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test) (H.R. 10710 - Loc)
Pub. L. 93-618, Jan. 3, 1975, 88 Stat. 1978
(19 USC § 2101 et. seq.) (15 CFR pt. 2001 et. seq.)

Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test) (H.R. 4537 - LoC)
Pub. L. 96-39, July 26, 1979, 93 Stat. 144
(19 USC § 2501 et. seq.) (no general CFR cite)

Trade and Tariff Act of 1984 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test) (H.R. 3398 - LoC)
Pub. L. 98-573, Oct. 30, 1984, 98 Stat. 3000
(19 USC § 2101 et. seq.) (no general CFR cite)

Trademark Laws (Lanham Act, 1946 et. al.)
Selected historical documents (IP Mall Leg. Histories) (does not include complete Lanham Act history)
Pub. L. 79-489, July 5, 1946, 60 Stat. 427
(15 USC § 1051 et. seq.)

Truth in Lending Act, 1968 (FRB Leg. Hist.)
Pub. L. 90-321, May 29, 1968, Title I, 82 Stat. 146
(15 U.S.C. § 1601 et seq.) (12 CFR pt. 226)

Uniform Code of Military Justice (Leg. Hist. - LoC)
Pub. L. 81-506, May 5, 1950, ch. 169, 64 Stat. 108
(10 U.S.C. § 801 et seq.)

USA PATRIOT ACT (Leg. Hist. - Center for Democracy)
Pub. L. 107-56, Oct. 26, 2001, 115 Stat. 272 (H.R. 3162 - LoC)
(18 USC § 2702 et. al.) (31 USC § 5311 et. al.)

War Crimes Act of 1996 (Harwood's Leg. Hist.) (H.R. 3680 - Loc)
Pub. L. 104-192, Aug. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 2104
(18 USC 2441)


Public Law Number Listing

Pub. L. 57-87, Feb. 14, 1903, ch. 552, 32 Stat. 825 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test)
Department of Commerce and Labor, an act to establish
(15 USC § 1501 et. seq.) (15 CFR pt. 0 et. seq.)

Pub. L.63-43, ch. 6, Dec. 23 1913, 38 Stat. 251
Federal Reserve Act, 1913 (FRB Leg. Hist.)
(12 U.S.C. 221 et. seq.) (12 C.F.R. pt. 201 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 67-10, May 27, 1921, ch. 14, Title II, 42 Stat. 11
Antidumping Act of 1921 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test) (19 CFR pt. 351, 354)
(19 USC §§ 160-171, repealed; see 19 USC 1671 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 73-10, May 12, 1933, 48 Stat. 31 (NALC Leg. Hist.)
Agricultural Adjustment Act, 1933 & subsequent farm legislation
(7 USC § 601 et. seq.) (7 CFR Pt. 900 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 74-200, ch. 417, July 26, 1935, 50 Stat. 500
Federal Register Act, 1935 (FRB Leg. Hist.)
(44 U.S.C. § 1501 et. seq.) (1 C.F.R. pt. 1 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 74-271, Aug. 14, 1935, ch. 531, 49 Stat. 620
Social Security Act (SSA Leg. Hist.)
(42 U.S.C. § 301 et seq.) (20 C.F.R. pt. 401 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 74-401, Aug. 29, 1935, 49 Stat. 977
Federal Alcohol Administration Act, 1935 (Leg. Hist. via Internet Archive)
(27 USC 201 et. seq.) (27 CFR pt. 1 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 79-404, June 11, 1946, 60 Stat. 237
Administrative Procedure Act, 1946 (DOJ Leg. Hist.)
(5 USC 551 et seq.)

Pub. L. 79-489, July 5, 1946, 60 Stat. 427
Trademark Laws (Lanham Act, 1946 et. al.)
Selected historical documents  (IP Mall Leg. Histories) (does not include complete Lanham Act history)
(15 USC § 1051 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 80-281, July 30, 1947, 61 Stat. 652
Copyrights (Title 17 revision & codification, 1947 & related acts)
Selected historical documents (IP Mall) (does not include 1947 Act history)
(17 USC § 101 et. seq.) (37 CFR Pt. 201 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 81-506, May 5, 1950, ch. 169, 64 Stat. 108
Uniform Code of Military Justice (Leg. Hist. - LoC)
(10 U.S.C. § 801 et seq.)

Pub. L. 82-593, July 19, 1952, 66 Stat. 792
Patent Law: Revision and Codification, 1952 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test)
Patent Laws - selected historical documents, 1790 to current (IP Mall)
(35 USC § 1 et. seq.) ((37 CFR pt. 1)

Pub. L. 89-63, June 30, 1965, 79 Stat. 209 (H.R. 7105)
Export Administration Act of 1965 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test)
(50 USC App. 2022-25, 2032 - omitted from USC; expired Dec. 31, 1969)

Pub. L. 89-487, July 4, 1966, 80 Stat. 250
and Pub. L. 90-23, June 5, 1967, 81 Stat. 54, 56 
Freedom of Information Act, 1966, 1967 (GW U - Leg. Hist) (Sen. Judiciary Cmte Print - Leg. Hist.)
 (5 USC 552)

Pub. L. 89-544, Aug. 24, 1966, 80 Stat. 350 (USDA Leg. Hist.)
Animal Welfare Act, 1966 et. seq.
(7 USC § 2131 et. seq.) (9 CFR pts. 1, 2, 3, 4)

Pub. L. 90-321, May 29, 1968, Title I, 82 Stat. 146
Truth in Lending Act, 1968 (FRB Leg. Hist.)
(15 U.S.C. § 1601 et seq.) (12 CFR pt. 226)

Pub. L. 91-173, Dec. 30, 1969, 83 Stat. 742 (Leg. Hist. - DoL)
Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 (renamed)
(30 U.S.C. § 801 et seq.) (30 C.F. R. pt. 1 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 92-412, Title I, Aug. 29, 1972, 86 Stat. 644-646
Export Administration Act of 1972 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test)
(50 USC App. 2401 et. seq.) (15 CFR pt. 730 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 92-583, Oct. 27, 1972, 86 Stat. 1230
Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test)
(16 USC §§ 1451-1464) (16 CFR pt. 923, 930)

Pub. L. 93-579, Sep. 13, 1976, 90 Stat. 1241
Privacy Act of 1974 (S. 3418 - LoC; Cmte Print Leg. Hist.)
(5 USC § 552a) (12 CFR pt. 261a)

Pub. L. 93-618, Jan. 3, 1975, 88 Stat. 1978
Trade Act of 1974 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test) (H.R. 10710 - LoC)
(19 § USC 2101 et. seq.) (15 CFR pt. 2001 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 94-370, July 26, 1976, 90 Stat. 1013 (S. 586 - LoC)
Coastal Zone Management Act Amendments of 1976 (DoC LH)
(16 USC §§ 1451-1464) (15 CFR pt. 923, 930)

Pub. L. 94-409, Sept. 13, 1976, 90 Stat. 1241
Government in the Sunshine Act, 1976 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test) (S. 5 - LoC)
(5 USC § 552b) (each agency has its own regs under Act)

Pub. L. 94-437, Sept. 30, 1976, 90 Stat. 1400, et al.
Indian Health Care Improvement Act, 1976 (IHS Leg. Hist.) (S. 522 - Loc)
(25 USC 1601 et seq.)

Pub. L. 94-553, Oct. 19, 1976, 90 Stat. 2541-2598
Copyright Law: Revision and Recodification, 1976
(DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test) (S. 22 - LoC)
(17 USC § 101 et. seq.) (19 CFR pt. 133, 37 CFR pt. 201 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 95-87, Aug. 3, 1977, 91 Stat. 445 (Leg. Hist. - OSMRE)
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (H.R. 2 - LoC)
(30 U.S.C. § 1201 et seq.) (30 C.F. R. pt. 700 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 95-164, Nov. 9, 1977, 91 Stat. 1290 (Leg. Hist. - DoL)
Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (S. 717 - LoC)
(30 U.S.C. § 801 et seq.) (30 C.F. R. pt. 1 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 95-213, Title I, Dec. 19, 1977, 91 Stat. 1494 (DOJ Leg. Hist.)
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (S. 305 - LoC)
(15 USC 78dd-1 et. seq.) (28 CFR pt. 80)

Pub. L. 95-608, Nov. 8, 1978, 92 Stat. 3069 (S. 1214 - LoC)
Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (NARF Leg. Hist.)
(25 USC 1901 et. seq.) (25 CFR pt. 23)

Pub. L. 96-39, July 26, 1979, 93 Stat. 144
Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test) (H.R. 4537 - LoC)
(19 USC § 2501 et. seq.) (no general CFR cite)

Pub. L. 96-72, Sept. 29, 1979, 93 Stat. 503
Export Administration Act of 1979 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test) (S. 737 - LoC)
(50 USC App. 2401 et. seq.) (15 CFR pt. 730 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 97-290, Title I, Oct. 8, 1982, 96 Stat. 1233
Export Trading Act of 1982 (DOC Leg. Hist.; pin=test) (S. 734 - LoC)
(15 USC §§ 4001-4003) (no CFR cite)

Pub. L. 98-183, Nov. 30, 1983; 97 Stat. 1301 (H.R. 2230 - LoC)
Civil Rights CommissionAct of 1983 & amdts
(Hse Judiciary/U Md - Leg. Hist.) (S. 2372 - LoC)
(42 U.S.C. § 1975 et. seq.) (45 C.F.R. pt. 701 et. seq.)

Pub. L. 98-573, Oct. 30, 1984, 98 Stat. 3000
Trade and Tariff Act of 1984 (DOC Leg. Hist.' pin=test) (H.R. 3398 - LoC)
(19 USC § 2101 et. seq.) (no general CFR cite)

Pub. L. 101-601, Nov. 16, 1990, 104 Stat. 3048 (Natl Park Serv Leg. Hist.) (H.R. 5237 - LoC)
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 1990
(25 USC 3001 et seq.) (43 CFR pt. 10)

Pub. L. 102-519, Oct. 25, 1992, 106 Stat. 3384
Anti Car Theft Act of 1992 (DOJ Leg. Hist.) (H.R. 4542 - LOC)
(49 USC § 30501 et seq.; 49 USC 33101 et seq. )

Pub. L. 103-412, Oct. 25, 1994, 108 Stat. 4239 (H.R. 4833 - LoC)
American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 (DOJ Leg. Hist.)
(25 USC § 4001 et seq.) (25 CFR pt. 1200

Pub. L. 104-192, Aug. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 2104
War Crimes Act of 1996 (Harwood's Leg. Hist.) (H.R. 3680 - Loc)
(18 USC 2441)

Pub. L. 104-231, Oct. 2, 1996, 110 Stat. 3048 (Leg. Hist. - Public Citizen)
Electronic Freedom of Information Amdts Act of 1996
(H.R. 3802 - LoC) (5 U.S.C. § 552 note)

Pub. L. 105-304, Oct. 28, 1998, 112 Stat. 2860 (H.R. 2281 - LoC)
Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 1998 (HRRC Leg. Hist) (IP Mall Leg. Hist.)
(17 USC Ch 12 & 13)

Pub. L. 107-56, Oct. 26, 2001, 115 Stat. 272 (H.R. 3162 - LoC)
USA PATRIOT ACT (Leg. Hist. - Center for Democracy & Tech.)
(18 USC § 2702 et. al.) (31 USC § 5311 et. al.)

Pub. L. 109-8, April 20, 2005, 119 Stat, 23 (FRB Leg. Hist) (S. 256 -LoC)
Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005
(11 USC § 101, et. seq.)

Pub. L. 111-203, July 21, 2010, 124 Stat. 1376
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, 2010
(FRB Leg. Hist) (H.R. 4173 - LoC)
(12 USC § 5301 et seq.)

Pub. L. 112-29, Sept. 16, 2011, 125 Stat. 284 (H.R. 1249 - LoC)
Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, 2011 (Pillsbury - requires registration)
(35 USC 1 et seq.) (37 CFR pt. 1 et seq.)


See also:

Commercial Legislative Histories on the Internet

Explanatory Notes to these sites

How A Bill Becomes a Law (by Rep. Bob Michel, from the 1985 Cong. Record)

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Last updated March 17, 2013