Sunday, September 21, 2014
Ind. Law - ILB Legislative Research Shortcuts Updated; More Research Hints (read carefully)
The ILB has updated its simplified research ("shortcuts") page, "The Indiana Law Blog's Legislative Research Shortcuts."
- Conversion Tables. Starting from the top, we have the Conversion Tables. House and Senate bills that pass the General Assembly and become law are assigned new numbers, Public Law numbers. The conversion tables allow you to easily convert between the Bill Nos. and PL Nos. for each session, going back to 1999.
- Legislative Bills. This section allows you to quickly access any specific legislative Bill Page in any session, from 2014 to 1999. From the Bill Page, you will be able to find the various versions of the bill, and all the action. Starting with 2014, because of the GA's revision of its website, you will encounter an additional step.
- Other Useful Tables. On the left are the Enrolled Act Summaries going back to 1999, which include the effective date of every section. On the right are the Tables of Citations Affected, listing every provision of the Indiana Code added, amended or repealed in every session going back to 1999.
- Title Recodification Tables. From time to time the General recodifies an Indiana Code title, rearranging the sections and giving them new IC numbers, without substantive change. To find the derivation of a recodified section, or the disposition of an section since recodified, refer to the tables on the ILB's Shortcuts page.
The new GA page listing all the Historical Tables is also useful and is linked in the ILB's Shortcuts. One problem, however, is that the GA's Derivation/Disposition Tables do not identify the underlying legislation which effectuated the recodification. For instance, PL 1-1996 resulted in the recodification of Title 13. But you do not find that information on the GA's Derivation/Disposition Tables for Title 13.
- Other Useful Links. The first link is to the 2014 Indiana Code, listed by Title. If you click on one of the Titles, you will get the entire Title, which may be hundreds of pages long. (The same is true for the 2013 Indiana Code.) Often this is useful. But sometimes it is not.
If instead of clicking on a Title in the list, you use the pull-down menu near the top to select a Title, the pull-down menu will next give you an additional pull-down menu to select an Article, and the left column then will present the list of Chapters of the selected Article.
With the 2012 and earlier Indiana Codes, as in the past, clicking on a Title will lead to a list of Articles, which in turn lead to a list of Chapters.
The earlier editions of the Indiana Code can be particularly valuable to locate the text of repealed provisions.
Great care always must be taken to make certain you are accessing the correct Indiana Code language. You may use the URL to check this. The current (2014) Indiana Code's URL is http://iga.in.gov/legislative/laws/2014/ic/. Note the "2014." An earlier version will read differently, for example "http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/archive/11620/ic/2010/." Exercise particular caution and check the URL when using a link from another source, such as Google.
Unfortunately, you can't link directly to the "4 boxes" search form. But you can access it by going to the main GA page, then selecting "Code" from the upper right corner.
Here is a list of earlier ILB entries on the Legislative Research Shortcuts page.