A number of records related to legislative research have been updated with new issues, supplements, and volumes from 2018. To better understand the process of legislative research, start with our research guide on Legislative Records Overview, with a more in-depth guide to Legislative Intent and History also available .
The Utah Code Unannotated is the complete set of codified law statutes reflecting changes in the most recent session. It has been published every year since 1982. Before that time, plan on using historical (superseded) annotated volumes to similarly find the text of laws in effect.
The Utah Code Annotated is, however, immensely valuable when it comes to research of the legislative process and how bills turn into law (and sometimes even the intent of the legislation). Unlike other records we preserve, this publication represents the work of editors experienced with legal research and is purchased for research and historical context. Supplements and replacements (“pocket parts”) are released a couple times a year. The most current version of the Utah Code is always available online from le.utah.gov.
The House of Representatives and the Senate publish journals to record the activity of each day in session, either during the annual General Session or special sessions. Both journals are also available online from le.utah.gov.
Administrative Rules are created by agencies of the state’s executive branch and are enacted as laws under regulatory authority granted by the Legislature or the State Constitution. Administrative rules are how the Executive branch agencies codify their own policies and procedures and give them the force of law. Like the Utah Code, the Administrative Code is compiled with authorization by editors and published for the use of legal research. The most up-to-date rules are always found at rules.utah.gov.
Anytime you need help with any of these legislative records, never hesitate to contact the Research Center’s staff by email, phone, or visit in person.