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Citation Guides: Congressional Bills

Citing Congressional Bills

REFERENCE LIST ENTRY

Basic Form
Title, Abbreviated Name of the House, Number of the Congress Cong, Number assigned to the material, (Year).

** The session number can be inferred from the year of publication: First sessionals always fall in odd-numbered years, while second sessionals always fall in even-numbered years.Rarely, Congress holds a third session. When citing materials produced during a third session, provide the information parenthetically.

Example
Privacy Protection Act of 1998, H.R. 3224, 105th Cong. §2(a) (1998).
H.R.J. Res. 79, 106th Cong. (1999).

TEXT CITATION

Basic Form
House Bill or Senate Bill number (Year)

Examples
Senate Bill 671 (1993) provided for treatment of severe mental illnesses.
A proposed law (S. 671, 1993) provided for treatment of severe mental illnesses.

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