The United States Code and most state codes are available for free online. These sources usually only provide the text of the statutes, however, and do not include annotations or case references. The online versions of codes also may not be current, which means they may not reflect the changes made by more recent legislation.
Most states have recent session laws and state codes on the web. For example, you can locate them through the Legal Information Institute's listing of state laws by jurisdiction. However, this approach is best if you already have either a citation or some exact language from the statute. Justia also has a collection of US Laws, Codes & Statutes published by both the U.S. Government and by individual states.
Law Library of Congress Research Guide on Law Online lays out selected laws, regulations, court decisions, and secondary sources for federal government branches and all U.S. states and territories.
The following is a list of places to check if looking for the codes, ordinances, bylaws, or measures of a specific locality or municipality.
eCode360 Code Library has codes from 24 states.
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