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Subscript is a legal database that groups all laws into the United States' three branches of government: the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches.

Currently, Subscript contains the option to add, edit or view any federal law. Each federal law falls within one of the three branches of federal government. Subscript will add the capacity for a state law database later.


Browse

To see examples of Legislative acts or laws, browse the Legislative Branch from the homepage. For the other branches, you may do the same through the browse option on the homepage.


Add a Law

If you would like to add a law, find “Add a page” in the navigation bar, and select the branch in which the law exists. If the law comes from Congress, it is a legislative act. If it comes from the President or a federal agency, it is an executive act (an order, regulation or adjudication from the executive branch). If the law is a court case, it is directed by the judicial branch.


Analyzing Laws and Legal Hierarchy

Knowing the government branch is very important for understanding how to interpret laws. Once you know the branch, you may figure out whether the law has the potential to be superseded by another law. For example, an executive act (such as a regulation directed by the Department of Labor), can be challenged on the basis of a legislative act. If a legislative act limits the power of the agency, the legislative act may overrule the executive act. The Judicial branch decides the dispute. Thus, if a citizen brings a case against the Department of Labor (see, for example, ____________), a court makes the ruling. And the judicial ruling has precedential impact (will be considered in determining disputes in the future). Any law may be overruled by the United States Constitution. The case of National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (the challenge to the Affordable Care Act that the Supreme Court decided in 2012) exemplifies constitutional challenges to a legislative act.

Subscript aims to allow individuals not just to learn about laws, but to analyze them as well. You will find, at the bottom of each law main page, a place to find related actions. Through this feature, you may add or view other legal actions in in all three branches that relate to the law you are researching.


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