An Act for the More General Promulgation of the Laws of the United States

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, for the more general promulgation of the laws of the United States, the Secretary for the department of State shall, after the end of the next session of Congress, cause to be printed and collated at the public expense, a complete edition of the laws of the United States, comprising the constitution of the United States, the public acts then in force, and the treaties, together with an index to the same.

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That four thousand five hundred copies of the said edition shall be divided by the said secretary, among the respective states, and the territories northwest and south of the river Ohio, according to the rule for apportioning representatives; and that the proportion of each state or territory shall be transmitted by the said secretary to the governor or supreme executive magistrate thereof, to be deposited in such fixed and convenient place in each county, or other subordinate civil division of such state or territory, as the executive or legislature thereof shall deem most conducive to the general information of the people: and that five hundred copies of the said edition be reserved for the future disposition of Congress.

SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the acts passed at each succeeding session of Congress, including future treaties, shall be printed and distributed, in like manner and proportion.


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