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Vancouver Referencing Guide: Federal and State Legislative Materials

A guide to the Vancouver referencing style commonly used in the biomedical sciences

Federal Legislative Materials (un-enacted bills, committee reports, hearings)

House or Senate Bill

Standard Format for Citation:

Title of bill, S. or H.R., depending on the chamber, bill number, Congress and session number, (year).  If a specific section is cited, put the section number before the year.  Note:  Bills that have been passed (have become law) should be cited to the Statutes at Large.


Examples:
Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 1999, S. 25, 106th Cong.  (1999).
Equitable Health Care for Severe Mental  Illnesses Act of 1993, H.R., 1563, 103rd Cong. (1993).



House or Senate Hearing or Report

Title of hearing or report, number of Congress, number of session (year).

Examples:
Toxic Substances Control Act:  hearing on S.776 before the Subcomm. on the Environment of the Senate Comm. on Commerce, 94th Cong., 1st Sess. (1975)




State Legislative Materials (un-enacted bills, committee reports, hearings)

House or Senate Bill
In Pennsylvania bills are numbered sequentially through the two-year term.  Each bill may have three different sets of numbers assigned to it:  bill number, printer’s number and, if an act becomes law, an Act Number.  Bills are numbered in the order in which they are introduced into the respective legislative chamber.  Printer’s numbers (which appear at the upper right of the first page) enable you to keep track of the different versions of a bill as it works through the legislative process.  The highest printer’s number will be the most current version of a bill.  Acts are numbered chronologically in the order in which they are passed.

Standard Format for Citation:

Title of bill, S. or H.B., depending on the chamber, bill number, printer’s number, session. 

Example:
An Act prohibiting the use of illegal immigrant labor on projects; imposing powers and duties on executive agencies of the Commonwealth; and providing for remedies.  HB 2319 Pr. No 4043 The General Assembly of Pennsylvania Session of 2006, Regular Session.

House or Senate Hearing or Report Title of hearing or report, session, printer’s number.

Title of hearing or report, session, printer’s number.

Examples:
Report of the Committee of Conference on House Bill No. 1168, entitled:  an act to consolidate, editorially revised, and codify the public welfare laws of the Commonwealth.  General Assembly of Pennsylvania, Session of 2005.  Printer’s No. 2560.

 

Long-term care for the elderly in Pennsylvania, conducted pursuant to House Resolution 618 of 2004,  Report from the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee.  The General Assembly of Pennsylvania Session of 2005 [document on the Internat]. [Cited 2006 Aug 15]. Available at: http://lbfc.legis.state.pa.us/factsheets/2005/368%20Long%20Term%20Care.pdf