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Louisiana Statutes and Legislative Resources: Laws and Legislative Materials

A guide for finding Louisiana law and related materials, with preference given for Bluebook citation standards.

Bluebook Tips

Items that are highlighted in this guide are the preferred source under the Bluebook. See The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation 266 T.1, R. 18.2, at 179 (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds., 20th ed. 2015).

Further guidance for Louisiana-specific materials and customs, along with historical materials, can be found in Mary Garvey Algero, Louisiana Legal Research App'x A. (3d ed. 2017) and M.A. Cunningham, Guide to Louisiana and Selected French Legal Materials and Citation, 67 Tul. L. Rev. 1305 (1993).

Laws

  1. Constitution
    1. La. Stat. Ann. KFL 30.5.W4A2 1951
    2. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Laws_Toc.aspx?folder=72&level=Parent
    3. Table of Constitutional Amendments: http://legis.la.gov/lss/Constitution%20Amendments%20Table.pdf
    4. Constitution Ancillaries: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Laws_Toc.aspx?folder=66&level=Parent
    5. Records and Journals of Constitutional Conventions: KFL 401
    6. Westlaw
    7. Lexis
    8. Fastcase
  2. Civil Code
    1. La. Stat. Ann. KFL 30.5.W4A2 1951
    2. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Laws_Toc.aspx?folder=67&level=Parent
    3. Westlaw
    4. Lexis
    5. Fastcase
  3. Code of Civil Procedure
    1. La. Stat. Ann. KFL 30.5.W4A2 1951
    2. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Laws_Toc.aspx?folder=68&level=Parent
    3. Westlaw
    4. Lexis
    5. Fastcase
  4. Code of Evidence
    1. La. Stat. Ann. KFL 30.5.W4A2 1951
    2. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Laws_Toc.aspx?folder=70&level=Parent
    3. Westlaw
    4. Lexis
    5. Fastcase
  5. Code of Criminal Procedure
    1. La. Stat. Ann. KFL 30.5.W4A2 1951
    2. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Laws_Toc.aspx?folder=69&level=Parent
    3. Westlaw
    4. Lexis
    5. Fastcase
  6. Children's Code
    1. La. Stat. Ann. KFL 30.5.W4A2 1951
    2. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Laws_Toc.aspx?folder=71&level=Parent
    3. Westlaw
    4. Lexis
    5. Fastcase
  7. Revised Statutes
    1. La. Stat. Ann. KFL 30.5.W4A2 1951
    2. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Laws_Toc.aspx?folder=75&level=Parent
    3. Westlaw
    4. Lexis
    5. Fastcase
  8. Administrative Code
    1. KFL 35.A23
    2. http://www.doa.la.gov/Pages/osr/lac/books.aspx
    3. Westlaw
    4. Lexis
    5. Fastcase
  9. Session Laws
    1. Louisiana Acts:
      1. HeinOnline Session Laws Library
      2. KFL 25 .A24
    2. Louisiana Session Law Service (West): KFL 30.5 .W4 A22
    3. Legis.la.gov – see instructions below*
    4. Westlaw
    5. Lexis
  10. Rules of Order: House of Representatives, Senate, and Joint
    1. JK 4778 .A23
    2. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Laws_Toc.aspx?folder=73&level=Parent

Legislative Materials

To search for bills, Acts, and other materials online you must first know which year’s session you would like to research. Go to http://legis.la.gov. Then hover your mouse over the “Sessions” heading on the menu at the top of the page. Select either the most recent legislative session or select “Other Sessions.” The amount of information available depends on the year of the session – the more recent, the more information is available. 

  1. House and Senate Bills
    1. KFL 6 .L683 (1952-1997, microfilm; 1970-2013, print)
    2. Legis.la.gov
    3. Westlaw
    4. Lexis
  2. House and Senate Journals
    1. KFL 18 .L688
    2. Legis.la.gov
    3. Westlaw 
  3. Resumes (include statistical information, veto statements, act summaries, etc.)
    1. KFL 15 .L48 (1954-2014) 
    2. Legis.la.gov
  4. House Committee Meetings and Floor Debates
    1. Documents: Legis.la.gov 
    2. Video: 2003-present available on demand. http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Video/Hse_Video_OnDemand.aspx
  5. Senate Committee Meetings and Floor Debates
    1. Documents: Legis.la.gov 
    2. Video: 2008-present available on demand. http://senate.la.gov/Video/

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Copyright

All original content copyright 2019 Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Library. This guide may be used for educational purposes, as long as proper credit is given. This guide may not be sold. Requests to republish or adapt a guide should be directed to the Library Director. Proper credit includes the statement: Written by, or adapted from, Loyola University New Orleans Law Library.