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National Survey of State Laws

This database version of Rich Leiter's National Survey of State Laws provides an overall view of some of the most sought-after and controversial legal topics in the United States.

Categories and Topics

Laws by Category

The topics featured in National Survey of State Laws fall into eight general legal categories. Within each category, you will find relevant topics/chapters.

  1. Business and Consumer Laws
    • Antitrust
    • Attorneys
    • Deceptive trade practices  - Recently Updated
    • Interest rates - Recently Updated
    • Lemon laws
  2. Criminal Laws
    • Capital punishment
    • Computer crimes
    • Criminal statutes of limitations
    • Drunk driving
    • Gun control
    • Helmet and selected safety laws for motorcyclists and bicyclists
    • Illegal drugs: cocaine
    • Illegal drugs: heroin
    • Marijuana laws
    • Prohibited consensual sexual activity
    • Seat belt laws
    • Theft of identity
  3. Education Laws
    • Compulsory education
    • Corporal punishment in public schools  - Recently Updated
    • Prayer in public schools
    • Privacy of school records
  4. Employment Laws
    • Legal holidays  - Recently Updated
    • Minimum wage - Recently Updated
    • Restrictive covenants in employment
    • Right to work
    • Whistleblower statutes
  5. Family Laws
    • ​Abortion
    • Adoption
    • Annulment and prohibited marriage
    • Child abuse
    • Child custody
    • Child support guidelines
    • Domestic violence
    • Grounds for divorce
    • Marital property
    • Marriage age requirements
    • Protective orders
  6. General Civil Laws
    • ​​Animal welfare
    • Beer law - Recently Added
    • Bullying
    • Civil rights  - Recently Updated
    • Civil shoplifting - Recently Added
    • Civil statutes of limitations
    • Food laws
    • Freedom of information acts
    • Gambling
    • Legal ages
    • Lost, abandoned, and unclaimed personal property
    • Medical records
    • Negligence
    • Right to die: durable power of attorney
    • Right to die: euthanasia
    • Right to die: living wills
    • Stalking
    • State lotteries
    • Voter laws - Recently Added
    • Wills
  7. Real Estate Laws
    • ​​Adverse possession
    • Homestead
    • Leases and rental agreements
  8. Tax Laws
    • ​​Consumer taxes
    • Personal income tax

Laws by Topic

  • Abortion
  • Illegal drugs: cocaine
  • Adoption
  • Illegal drugs: heroin
  • Adverse possession
  • Interest rates  - Recently Updated
  • Animal welfare
  • Leases and rental agreements
  • Annulment and prohibited marriage
  • Legal ages
  • Antitrust
  • Legal holidays  - Recently Updated
  • Attorneys
  • Lemon laws
  • Beer law  - Recently Added
  • Lost, abandoned, and unclaimed personal property
  • Bullying
  • Marijuana laws
  • Capital punishment
  • Marital property
  • Child abuse
  • Marriage age requirements
  • Child custody
  • Medical records
  • Child support guidelines
  • Minimum wage  - Recently Updated
  • Civil rights  - Recently Updated
  • Negligence
  • Civil shoplifting - Recently Added
  • Personal income tax
  • Civil statutes of limitations
  • Prayer in public schools
  • Compulsory education
  • Privacy of school records
  • Computer crimes
  • Prohibited consensual sexual activity
  • Consumer taxes
  • Protective orders
  • Corporal punishment in public schools  - Recently Updated
  • Restrictive covenants in employment
  • Criminal statutes of limitations
  • Right to die: durable power of attorney
  • Deceptive trade practices  - Recently Updated
  • Right to die: euthanasia
  • Domestic violence
  • Right to die: living will
  • Drunk driving
  • Right to work
  • Food laws
  • Seat belt laws
  • Freedom of information acts
  • Stalking
  • Gambling
  • State lotteries
  • Grounds for divorce
  • Theft of identity
  • Gun control
  • Voter laws - Recently Added
  • Helmet and selected safety laws for motorcyclist and bicyclist
  • Whistleblower statutes
  • Homestead
  • Wills