Law & Legislation

The following pages are intended to help you locate the law. There are various bodies of government in the United States with the authority to enact statutes and ordinances. The federal government enacts statutes through the U.S. Congress, and federal agencies are also given rulemaking authority by Congress. Each of the 50 U.S. states then has its own system of government. In Texas, the Texas Legislature enacts statutes, and state agencies are also given rulemaking authority by the Legislature. Local governments in Texas may then enact ordinances through a county commissioners court or through a municipal form of government (e.g., city council).

Use the pages below to explore these different types of legislation.