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New York State Legislative History Research: Codes & Session Laws

This guide is intended to help researchers locate print and online sources for New York State Legislative History Research.

Codes & Session Laws

To begin to compile a legislative history of a New York State statute, you first need to find the law's citation in the session laws or, if the law is currently in effect, in the code.  In either source you can locate the year the law was enacted and find its chapter number.

Codes

McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York (KFN 5030 .A4 M15) Laws currently in force in New York arranged in 64 titles or subjects. Text of the statute includes the year of enactment and the chapter number.  Annotated with references to cases and historical notes.  Updated with annual pocket parts.  Available on WestlawNext.

New York Consolidated Laws Service (KFN 5030 .A4 L33) Laws currently in force in New York State.  Text of the statute includes the year of enactment and the chapter number.  Includes case annotations, historical notes, annual pocket parts and advance sheets.  An additional feature of this set is the inclusion of forms for some statutes.  Available on Lexis Advance.

Session Laws

Laws of the State of New York ((KFN 5025 .A23) Library has bound volumes from 1797 to date. Official version; currently prepared by the New York State Bill Drafting Commission. Published annually in three volumes.  Also available at BLS in microfiche back to 1691.

McKinney's Session Laws of New York (KFN 5025 .M3) Library has 1954 to date. Unofficial version published by Thomson/West.  Two volumes per year; volume one contains the text of new laws arranged by chapte number; volume two contains the governor's annual message, executive orders and approval memoranda.  Supplemented by McKinney's Session Laws of New York for the text of new laws for the current legislative session.

New York Consolidated Laws Service: Session Laws  (KFN 5025 .L42) Library has 1976 to date. Unofficial version published by LexisNexis.  Two volumes per year; volume one contains the text of new laws arranged by chapter number; volume two contains the governor's annual message, executive orders and approval memoranda.  Supplemented by the Advance Legislative Service for the New York Consolidated Laws Service


Hein Online:  1691 - 2016.

Session Laws: HeinOnline