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In the blog post “Codification of Massachusetts law today”, reference is made to the chapter on “Statutes and Session Laws” in Handbook of Legal Research in Massachusetts, which says “The official edition of the General Laws has been published in paperbound format since 1984.” The only official version of the Massachusetts statutes is in print, not online.

But where do people go for access to the statutes today? It would be safe to say that people go online. Lawyers and library patrons might be using Lexis and Westlaw, online legal research services that offer many other searchable databases in addition to the Massachusetts statutes, as well as annotated versions of the laws that can be used as a jumping off place for research.

Those without access to Lexis and Westlaw have access to the statutes online by way of the General Court’s website. At this time, the General Court’s website notes, “This site is periodically updated to reflect any changes made to the General Laws. This site includes all amendments to the General Laws passed before January 1, 2019, for laws enacted since that time, see 2019 Session Laws.”

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