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The Arizona Session Laws are the first printing of legislation after it becomes law. The Session Laws are a useful resource for tracking how laws have changed over time and for determining the bill number for the legislation that initiated the changes.
Depending upon the year, Session Laws indicate any new material by printing it in ALL CAPITALIZED TEXT or as underlined text. Verbiage that has been removed is indicated by striking through it.
Session Laws are organized by year, chapter and section, so a reference to "Laws 1968 Ch. 152 § 5" would be found by selecting the 1968 Volume, and locating Ch. 152 § 5 within it. Chapters are listed in numerical order. Special Sessions are citied by year and will note sequence number of the Special Session for that particular Legislature, for example "Laws, 1998, 5th S.S., Ch. 1 § 39." Special Sessions are typically bound with the regular session in the year that they take place.
For each legislative session, the first volume will contain an Order of Acts by Bill Number, or in earlier years, Chapter Number. Each session will also contain an Index to Acts organized by alphabetically by topic. Session Laws after 1996 can be found in posted on the Arizona State Legislature Session Laws website.
PLEASE NOTE: As of this writing (07/2016) only the print versions of the statutes, session laws, and bills are considered "Official" so it may be necessary to make copies from those. Print copies are housed in the State Library of Arizona's Law Collection located at 1700 W. Washington St. Suite 300, Phoenix Arizona 85007.