The legislative branch of government is charged
with enacting laws. These laws are called statutes. The federal
government and most states organize these statutes by subject matter and
publish them as codes. Many federal statutes are thus found in the
California Statutory Law consists of 29
codes, covering various subject areas.
California Statutory Research
Every law enacted by the legislature begins
as a bill (which is given a number). When the bill is passed by
the legislature and becomes law it is a statute. Statutes are organized
by subject matter and placed into codes. Annotated Codes,
in addition to containing the language of each code section, have brief
summaries of cases which have interpreted or construed the code section.
Each code has its own index and there is a comprehensive or general
index covering all 29 codes. An alternative to the general index is
the Larmac Consolidated Index to Constitution and Laws of California
(LARMAC). This book indexes under one alphabetical listing all 29 codes,
the constitution and uncodified laws. Information about the status of bills
pending in the legislature can be ascertained by consulting either West's
or Deering's Legislative Service Pamphlets.
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