Statutes in U.S.C. Section Notes
May 26, 2011 at 3:37 PM
The Law Librarian's Society of Washington, D.C., Inc. has added to its Legislative Source Book the text of a presentation made today by Rich McKinney, Assistant Law Librarian, Federal Reserve Board, on "The Authority of Statutes Placed in Section Notes of the United States Code."
McKinney cites several cases dealing with the validity of statutory notes, all of which conclude that a provision of federal law placed in the note area following a related federal statute has as much validity as a section which appears in the body of the United States Code. He then discusses why there are statutory notes, referring in one case to the enactment of statutes into positive law. For more information about that, see the online explanation from the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives.