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POLS 2120: Introduction to Public Policy

Tracking a Bill

Finding News

Bills, Laws, Regulations, Hearings

North Carolina

Types of Legislation

There are four types of legislation: bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions and simple resolutions. Any of these may be introduced in either chamber. They are identified as follows:

  1. S. 123 - Bill originating in the Senate
  2. S.R. 123 - Simple Resolution of the Senate
  3. S.J.Res. 123 - Joint Resolution originating in the Senate
  4. S. Con. Res. 123 - Concurrent Resolution originating in the Senate
  5. H.R. 123 - Bill originating in the House
  6. H.Res. 123 - Simple Resolution of the House
  7. H.J.Res. 123 - Joint Resolution originating in the House
  8. H.Con.Res. 123 - Concurrent Resolution originating in the House

View definitions for the types of legislation from GPO.

Legislation may be changed or amended as it makes its way through the legislative process. You will sometimes see different versions of legislation in THOMAS, and these versions are identified by extensions to the bill number. For instance, H.R. 2301.ih indicates the version of H.R. 2301 as it was introduced in the House. A list and definition of common extensions may be found at GPO.

Source: Thomas FAQs: http://thomas.loc.gov/home/faqlist.html#3