50 state surveys have long been a staple of summer work for associates, research assistants, and librarians. Before you start searching every state code, be sure to check out compilations of 50-state surveys such as the ones listed below. It’s far easier to update someone else’s survey than do one from scratch.
- National Survey of State Laws
- Subject Compilations of State Laws is a listing of published 50-state surveys. It’s arranged by subject.
- The National Conference of State Legislatures keeps track of online compilations of websites that track laws and regulations across the 50 states.
- Lexis: CODES;SURVEY
- Statutes: SURVEYS
- Regs: REG-SURVEYS
If you can’t find a survey on your topic, check out the guide to doing a 50-state survey in Subject Compilations of State Laws.