Law and “incorporation by reference”

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • February 6, 2017

Carl Malamud founded the non-profit Public.Resource.org in an attempt to make sure that law and other government documents are widely available to the public.   Perhaps his biggest fight has been over the question of whether or not private standards that …

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New Communications and Features Available on Congress.gov.

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • October 14, 2015

This year, there have been many been new developments at Congress.gov. “Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the …

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FDsys: Free Federal Resources

  • By Hofstra Law Librarians
  • September 8, 2015

With legal employers looking for cost-efficiency in their new employees, an official government website with free documents in PDF is one you’ll want to bookmark and remember.  FDsys, the U.S. Government Printing Office’s Federal Digital System, provides easy access …

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Celebrating THOMAS

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • January 6, 2015

This week begins a new semester and a new U.S. Congress (the 114th). THOMAS, the popular Library of Congress web site named for Thomas Jefferson and providing free online legislative research and other factual information about Congress and its …

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Current State Statutes now online

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • October 17, 2014

Most of us look online for state statutes anyway.  Now it is official – to get the current statutes for states*, you should look either on Lexis Advance, Westlaw Next, Bloomberg Law or the web.

On the web, you can

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International Labor Laws: NATLEX

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • August 30, 2014

How do countries around the world protect disabled workers, provide for social security and family leave, and restrict child labor?  Labor Day weekend is a great time to discover NATLEX, an International Labour Organization (ILO) database of labor and …

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Snow Law Update: Driving with Accumulated Snow

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • February 9, 2014

Some of us are still digging out from the two “snow days” earlier this week.  Have you ever wondered if anything could be done (legally, of course), about those drivers flying down the highway the day after a storm with …

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Wealthiest Members of Congress

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • September 14, 2013

This week Roll Call, one of the most respected publications covering Congress and now a free site, posted “50 Richest Members of Congress,” a run-down of the financial worth of the 50 wealthiest members of the legislative …

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Open States: Transparency Report Card

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • March 23, 2013

Earlier this month, a brand new Sunlight Foundation site called Open States, containing free legislative information from all 50 states, caught my eye (see previous post).  Just nine days later, the same folks announced a byproduct of all their …

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Open States

  • By webdev@hofstra.edu
  • March 2, 2013

Sunlight Foundation, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has been a leader in providing open government resources, including OpenCongress, recently launched its latest free site, Open States.  Well-designed and easy to use, Open States provides “searchable legislative data for …

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