The source credit for each non-positive law section tells the reader what section or other unit of an act the Code section is based on, and, for some sections, a Codification note provides further information about the origin of the section. The second type of change involves adding or modifying section and subsection headings. A statutory note can consist of as much as an entire act (such as Public Law 108-347 set out under 22 U. The statutory text in a note is quoted verbatim without translations, although editorial brackets are inserted when needed to assist the user in finding cross references or other information.
If a Code section is based on an act section that has headings, the Code will usually retain the original headings. Every note or series of related notes grouped together have a note heading that is usually, but not always, taken from the heading appearing in the statutory text.
For example, section 401 of the Social Security Act (act of August 14, 1935, chapter 531) is classified to section 601 of title 42. There are two main kinds of notes, statutory and editorial. See the About Classification page for more information.
Most Code sections are based on an entire act section, but a few sections, such as section 2191b of title 22 and section 3642 of title 16, are based on less than an entire act section, and a few of the oldest Code sections, such as section 111 of title 16, are based on provisions from more than one act section. Statutory notes are provisions of law that are set out as notes under a Code section rather than as a Code section. 5811) or as little as a clause (such as section 1013(a)(4)(B)(iii) of Public Law 100-647 set out under 26 U. Statutory notes typically begin with a source credit, which is similar in content and form to the source credit for a Code section.
As a result, not all acts have been handled in a consistent manner in the Code over time.
This guide explains the editorial styles and policies currently used to produce the Code, but the reader should be aware that some things may have been done differently in the past.
Positive law titles are identified by an asterisk on the Search & Browse page.
For an explanation of the meaning of positive law, see the Positive Law Codification page.
The Code does not include treaties, agency regulations, State or District of Columbia laws, or most acts that are temporary or special, such as those that appropriate money for specific years or that apply to only a limited number of people or a specific place.
For an explanation of the process of determining which new acts are included in the Code, see the About Classification page.
For example, chapter 7 of title 42 sets out the titles, parts, and sections of the Social Security Act as corresponding subchapters, parts, and sections of the chapter.
In addition to the sections themselves, the Code includes statutory provisions set out as statutory notes, the Constitution, several sets of Federal court rules, and certain Presidential documents, such as Executive orders, determinations, notices, and proclamations, that implement or relate to statutory provisions in the Code.
The first type of change involves changing the section number, known as the designation. Amendment notes or other editorial notes clarify whether an act amended the section or amended a prior amendatory act.