97, the first part of the citation for a public law is the session of Congress, not the year.
101, The second part of the citation for a public law is the sequential order for the public law.
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Public laws are the culmination of the legislative process. If a bill becomes a public law, it means that the bill was passed by Congress, and either signed by the President or the President's veto of the bill was overridden by 2/3 majority vote of Congress. Public laws are published in the Statutes at Large.
|Statutes at Large||v.1-123||KF50.U58|
|FDsys||104th Congress - present||Open Access|
|Constitution Society||Statutes at Large, v. 1-126 (1789-2012)||Open Access|
|Heinonline||Statutes at Large, v. 1-123 (1789-2009)||Special Restrictions|
|WestlawNext||1789-1972 (Statutes at Large)||Special Restrictions|
|WestlawNext||1973-2012 (U.S. Public Law - Historical)||Special Restrictions|