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New York Statutes & Legislative History Sources

  1. Codes
  2. Session Laws
  3. Legislative History Sources
  4. Law Review Articles

 

Codes

McKinney’s Consolidated Laws of New York Annotated.

NYUL KA-N7 312 M3 (Reserve, Main Reading Room)

Westlaw : NY-STAT-ANN (NYU law students and faculty only)

This set contains the current laws of New York arranged in 65 subject titles, with annotated references to legislative history, federal and state case law, interpreting provisions and state regulations. Cross-references are made to secondary sources including West legal encyclopedias and treatises, and law review articles. Practice commentaries may be contained. References to forms for practice are included. Contains references to West digest topics and key numbering. Updated with pocket parts and pamphlet service.

New York Consolidated Laws Service.

NYUL KA-N7 312 D4 (B5)

Lexis: NY; NYCODE

This set contains the current laws of New York arranged in 65 subject titles. It is annotated with references to legislative history, federal and state case law, interpreting provisions and state regulations. Cross-references are made to secondary sources including legal encyclopedias, practice sets and law review articles. Forms are printed with the relevant statutory section. Updated with pocket parts and pamphlet service.

 

Session Laws

Laws of the State of New York, 1777-

NYUL KA-N7 2 (microform in the Media Center)

The Legislative Bill Drafting Commission compiles this official version of the New York State session laws, which contains the full text of all public and private laws are arranged by year and chapter number. Each year one volume contains a subject index and most years contain a "Table of Laws Amended or Repealed." No volume exists for 1975 due to New York's budget crisis.

McKinney’s Session Laws of New York, 1951-

NYUL KA-N7 23 (Main Reading Room and B5)

Westlaw : NY-LEGIS (NYU law students and faculty only)

West publishes this unofficial compilation of New York session laws. It contains the full text of all public and private laws passed in a legislative session, arranged chronologically. A subject index, a table of cases, table of laws affected, proposed constitutional amendments and the annual report of the Law Revision Commission are included in the set. Materials from the Executive and the Judicial branches of the state government are included. The set is updated periodically by McKinney’s Session Law News.

New York Consolidated Laws Service – Session Laws

Lexis: NY; NYALS (current) NYARCH (older) (NYU law students and faculty only)

New York State Senate homepage (http://www.senate.state.ny.us)

New York State Assembly homepage (http://assembly.state.ny.us)

Each chamber of the New York Legislature has a homepage that includes the full text of legislative bills and resolutions, unannotated New York statutes, constitution, chapters and vetoes. Legislative and hearings calendars, selected reports, bill status information, voting records and more are available on these websites. They are works in progress.

 

Legislative History Sources

Background

New York Legal Research Guide, 2d ed. Ellen Gibson. (Buffalo: William S. Hein, 1998). (Reference KFN5074.G53 1998).

A comprehensive and authoritative source for the history of NY legislation from 1638 to the present (and much more of relevance to a NY practitioner). Part I’s Chapter Five focuses specifically on NYS legislative history.

McKinney’s Session Laws

NYUL KA-N7 23 (Main Reading Room and B5)

Functions in much of the same fashion as USCCAN, i.e. reprinting in chronological order the original texts of all laws and resolutions passed in a legislative session. A subject index, a table of cases, table of laws affected, proposed constitutional amendments and the annual report of the Law Revision Commission are included in the set. It is updated periodically by McKinney’s Session Law News.

New York State Legislative Annual, 1946-

NYUL KA-N7 28 (B5)

This one volume annual publication summarizes the legislative activity in a session. The Governor’s message to the legislature, chapter memoranda, sponsor’s memoranda, and the governor’s memoranda on vetoes are printed in full. The laws are not printed in this volume. Indices of chapter numbers, memoranda, veto, subject and statute are included.

New York Legislative Bill Jackets, 1959-1974; 1983-

Microform

Bill jackets are erratic in their usefulness. They compile everything the Governor has on his desk as he signs a bill into law. They may contain, for example, sponsors’ memoranda, committee reports, and reports from executive departments, or nothing at all. They are, however, an important step in compiling a legislative history.

McKinney’s Consolidated Laws of New York Annotated.

NYUL KA-N7 312 M3 (Reserve, Main Reading Room)

Westlaw : NY-STAT-ANN

The legislative history of a code section is summarized after the law currently in force. Practice articles may also follow code sections, particularly when sweeping changes have been made.

New York Law Journal, 1888-

NYUL K1 N68 (held in paper at the Circulation Desk until microfilm arrives)

Lexis: LEGNWS; NYLAWJ

The New York Law Journal is a legal newspaper published each day that courts in New York hold session. Legislative activity is reported. What makes this a valuable source for legislative history purposes, however, are the regular practice area columns that explain new legislation and changes in laws.

 

Law Review Articles

New legislation and changes in laws may be the subject of law review articles. Citations to these articles may be found in the cross-references in the annotated codes, subject searching in the legal periodical indices and citation searching in the same indices.

 
  
This page was updated August 16, 2007