The Popular Laws section contains PDF files of frequently requested Public Laws.
- Airport Security Improvement Act of 2000
Public Law 106-528, Nov 22 2000
To amend title 49, United States Code, to improve airport security.
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Public Law 111-5, Feb 17 2009
Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes.
- Americans With Disabilities Act
Public Law 101-336, Jul 26 1990
To establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability.
- Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA)
Public Law 104-132, Apr 24 1996
To deter terrorism, provide justice for victims, provide for an effective death penalty, and for other purposes.
- Aviation and Transportation Security Act
Public Law 107-71, Nov 19 2001
To improve aviation security, and for other purposes.
- Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005
Public Law 109-8, Apr 20 2005
To amend title 11 of the United States Code, and for other purposes.
- Child Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Act
Public Law 106-177, Mar 10 2000
To reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect, and for other purposes.
- Civil Rights Act of 1964
Public Law 88-352, Jul 2 1964
To enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction upon the district courts of the United States to provide accommodations, to authorize the Attorney General to institute suits to protect constitutional rights in public facilities and public education, to extend the Commission on Civil Rights, to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs, to establish a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity, and for other purposes.
- Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009
Public Law 111-24, May 22 2009
To amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish fair and transparent practices relating to the extension of credit under an open end consumer credit plan, and for other purposes.
- Crimes and Criminal Procedure
Public Law 80-772, Jun 25 1948
To revise, codify, and enact into positive law, Title 18 of the United States Code, entitled Crimes and Criminal Procedure.
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Public Law 105-304, Oct 28 1998
To amend title 17, United States Code, to implement the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty and Performances and Phonograms Treaty, and for other purposes.
- Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Public Law 111-203, Jul 21 2010
To promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end ‘‘too big to fail’’, to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts, to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices, and for other purposes.
- Dominican Republic—Central America—United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (CAFTA)
Public Law 109-53, Aug 2 2005
To implement the Dominican Republic Central America United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
- Do-Not-Call Implementation Act
Public Law 108-10, Mar 11 2003
To authorize the Federal Trade Commission to collect fees for the implementation and enforcement of a “do-not-call” registry, and for other purposes.
- Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001
Public Law 107-16, Jun 7 2001
To provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 104 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2002.
- Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996
Public Law 104-231, Oct 2 1996
To amend section 552 of title 5, United States Code, popularly known as the Freedom of Information Act, to provide for public access to information in an electronic format, and for other purposes.
- Fair Sentencing Act of 2010
Public Law 111-220, Aug 3 2010
To restore fairness to Federal cocaine sentencing.
- Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)
Public Law 103-3, Feb 5 1993
To grant family and temporary medical leave under certain circumstances.
- Government Performance and Results Act of 1993
Public Law 103-62, Jan 5 1993
To provide for the establishment of strategic planning and performance measurement in the Federal Government, and for other purposes.
- Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
Public Law 111-152, Mar 30 2010
To provide for reconciliation pursuant to Title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010 (S. Con. Res. 13).
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
Public Law 104-191, Aug 21 1996
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve portability and continuity of health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets, to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in health insurance and health care delivery, to promote the use of medical savings accounts, to improve access to long-term care services and coverage, to simplify the administration of health insurance, and for other purposes.
- Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008
Public Law 110-289, Jul 30 2008
To provide needed housing reform and for other purposes.
- Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004
Public Law 108-458, Dec 17 2004
To reform the intelligence community and the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, and for other purposes.
- Judiciary and Judicial Procedure
Public Law 80-773, Jun 25 1948
To revise, codify, and enact into law title 28 of the United States Code entitled Judicial Code and Judiciary.
- No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
Public Law 107-110, Jan 8 2002
To close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that no child is left behind.
- Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Public Law 111-148, Mar 23 2010
Entitled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
- Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act
Public law 111-192, Jun 25 2010
To provide a physician payment update, to provide pension funding relief, and for other purposes.
- Pure Food Act
Public Law 59-384, Jun 30 1906
An Act for preventing the manufacture, sale, or transportation of adulterated or misbranded or poisonous or deleterious foods, drugs, medicines, and liquors, and for regulating traffic therein, and for other purposes.
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
Public Law 107-204, Jul 30 2002
To protect investors by improving the accuracy and reliability of corporate disclosures made pursuant to the securities laws, and for other purposes.
- Social Security Act
Public Law 74-271, Aug 14 1935
To provide for the general welfare by establishing a system of Federal old-age benefits, and by enabling the several States to make more adequate provision for aged persons, blind persons, dependent and crippled children, maternal and child welfare, public health, and the administration of their unemployment compensation laws; to establish a Social Security Board; to raise revenue and for other purposes.
- Social Security Protection Act of 2004
Public Law 108-203, Mar 2 2004
To amend the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide additional safeguards for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries with representative payees, to enhance program protections, and for other purposes.
- Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Public Law 111-312, Dec 17 2010
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program, and for other purposes.
- Telecommunications Act of 1996
Public Law 104-104, Feb 8 1996
To promote competition and reduce regulation in order to secure lower prices and higher quality services for American telecommunications consumers and encourage the rapid deployment of new telecommunications technologies.
- Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010
Public Law 111-205, Jul 22 2010
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions, and for other purposes.
- Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT Act) Act of 2001
Public Law 107-56, Oct 26 2001
To deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes.
- Veterans’ Benefits Act of 2010
Public Law 111-275, Oct 13 2010
To amend title 38, United States Code, and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
- Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010
Public Law 111-247, Sep 30 2010
To increase, effective as of December 1, 2010, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes.
- Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994
Public Law 103-322, Sep 13 1994
To control and prevent crime.
- Voting Rights Act
Public Law 89-110, Jan 1 1965
To enforce the fifteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and for other purposes.
- War Powers Resolution
Public Law 93-148, Nov 7 1973
Concerning the war powers of Congress and the President.