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Locating 50-State Surveys

This guide is intended to help you identify sources for precompiled 50-state surveys.

Introduction

Precompiled 50-state surveys are compilations of statutes, regulations, or other sources of law from multiple jurisdictions on a particular topic.  They can be an excellent starting point when you are trying to find the law from one or several jurisdictions related to a topic in which you are interested.  They can also help you identify the law(s) you need if you are unsure of the terminology commonly used.

There are a variety of available sources; please be aware of any potential biases and gaps that may exist in these surveys.  If you locate a 50-state survey on your particular topic of interest, make sure to check it for accuracy and currency.