Slip laws are published by the Secretary of State and are not widely distributed. None of the East Valley law libraries receive slips laws. To access slip laws, go to http://www.azleg.gov/sessionlaws.asp.
Session laws are an official publication of the Secretary of State’s office and are issued annually at the end of a legislative session. There is usually a six 6–12 month lag time from the end of the legislative session until the session laws are published.
Each enacted law is assigned a chapter number. At the beginning of each chapter is the title of the bill and the Senate or House bill number. Additions to the law are usually indicated by an underline, while repeals or removal of language are indicated by a strike through.
Session laws lack subject arrangement and are not cumulative, making it more difficult to locate laws on a particular subject.
Aside from enacted legislation, session laws also contain:
This is the official code for the State of Arizona. When issued in 1956, an enacting clause designated this set as the positive law (binding authoritative text of law) for Arizona. Arizona legislators also passed a statute repealing all prior session laws, revisions and compilations.
Annotated codes have history notes on statutes. History notes provide the session law cite for each section added and for any amendments since it has been in effect. There are also Historical and Statutory Notes, which provide brief descriptions of amendments.
Following the statutory and historical notes are citations to law reviews, legal forms, legal encyclopedias, treatises, and West Digest key numbers. Attorney General opinions and cross-references to the Arizona administrative code, the United States Code or, Uniform Laws may also be listed. Lastly are the notes of decisions. These provide brief synopses of cases decided on that point of law.
Aside from enacted legislation, the Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated also contains:
This is an unofficial code for the State of Arizona. LexisNexis began publishing the AARS in 2004. It consists of 14 volumes which are replaced annually. The annotations include case law from all Arizona cases since 1983 and all federal cases since 1991.
The Ross-Blakley Law Library does not own this set.
The law library owns most of the historical Arizona and Arizona territorial codes. They are located in the LAW RARE and the LAW STATE collections. Please see Arizona Legal Research Guide, Kathy Shimpock and Marianne Alcorn, Buffalo, NY: Hein, 1992. KFA 2475 .S55 1992 LAW RESERVE for a listing of the historical codes.
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