Thursday, January 26, 2017

Environmental Legislation Links and Links for Homework

For Homework #1

League of Conservation Voters Score Card

Open Secrets 114th Congress List

From Class 

Library of Congress  (this is where you follow the progress of Bills)

United States Code Office of the Law Revision Counsel  (official one)

United States Code Cornell Law Library  (easier to search)

Supreme Court 

Executive Orders (which are published in the Federal Register) 
or go to

Treaties (on Senate Website) 

Federal Register 

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 
CFR at Cornell Law Library

Key Terms

• Bill – proposed legislation under consideration by a legislature

• Guidance Documents – documents that allow government agencies to provide technical guidelines and background information without the content becoming law. This allows more governmental discretion in applying the standards delineated and makes it easier to update and alter them.

• Regulation - a form of delegated legislation typically created by federal or state administrative agencies. Statues (laws) are usually written in very general terms and administrative agencies, such as the EPA, must provide the technical details in the form of regulations - regulations have the force of law. Also referred to as rules or administrative law.

• Statue – a formal written acts of a legislative body such as Congress or a state legislature. 

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