Electronic Formats and Examples of State Legislation

The table shows the electronic formats used to publish state legislation. The links provide an example bill for each chamber. The + symbol identifies files that use page and line numbering.

Overall Results (Created: January 2013)

  • 46 states publish legislation using PDF (all except DE, KY, NY, and SC).
  • 32 states publish legislation using HTML.

  • 16 states publish their legislation using only PDF.
  • New York is the only state that publishes legislation using only HTML.
  • Kentucky is the only state that publishes legislation using only MS Word.

  • 47 states use page and line numbers (all except DE, KY, and TN).
  • All of the PDF files use page and line numbering except Tennessee.

Other Observations

  • Nevada and Wisconsin are the only states that use https:
  • Six states use barcoding (HI, IL, MD, MS, NC, WA).
  • Missouri uses PDF bookmarks to each page and Washington uses PDF bookmarks that link to each section.
  • None of the PDF files contain source file attachments.
  • None of the files are digitally signed.
  • None of the states publish legislation using XML.
Lower Chamber Examples Upper Chamber Examples
State Line Numbering Style PDF HTML Other PDF HTML Other
Alabama Restarts each page PDF+     PDF+    
Alaska Restarts each page PDF+ HTML+   PDF+ HTML+  
Arizona Restarts each page PDF+ HTML   PDF+ HTML  
Arkansas Restarts each page PDF+     PDF+    
California Restarts each page PDF+ HTML   PDF+ HTML  
Colorado Restarts each page PDF+   WordPerfect PDF+   WordPerfect
Connecticut Continuous PDF+ HTML   PDF+ HTML  
Delaware None   HTML MS Word   HTML MS Word
Florida Continuous PDF+     PDF+ HTML+  
Georgia Continuous PDF+     PDF+    
Hawaii Restarts each page PDF+ HTML   PDF+ HTML  
Idaho Restarts each page PDF+     PDF+    
Illinois Restarts each page PDF+ HTML+^   PDF+ HTML+^  
Indiana Restarts each page PDF+ HTML   PDF+ HTML  
Iowa Restarts each page PDF+ HTML+ RTF PDF+ HTML+ RTF
Kansas Restarts each page PDF+     PDF+    
Kentucky None     MS Word     MS Word
Louisiana Restarts each page PDF+     PDF+    
Maine Restarts each page PDF+ HTML MS Word PDF+ HTML MS Word
Maryland Restarts each page PDF+     PDF+    
Massachusetts Continuous PDF+ (dl) HTML   PDF+ (dl) HTML  
Michigan Restarts each page PDF+ HTML   PDF+ HTML  
Minnesota Page.Line PDF+ HTML+   PDF+ HTML+  
Mississippi Continuous PDF+ HTML   PDF+ HTML  
Missouri Restarts each section PDF+ HTML   PDF+    
Montana Restarts each page PDF+ HTML   PDF+ HTML  
Nebraska Restarts each page   PDF+    
Nevada Restarts each page See HTML page HTML   See HTML page HTML  
New Hampshire Restarts each page PDF+ HTML Audio PDF+ HTML  
New Jersey Restarts each page PDF+ HTML   PDF+ HTML  
New Mexico Restarts each page PDF+ HTML   PDF+ HTML  
New York Restarts each page   HTML+     HTML+  
North Carolina Restarts each page PDF+ HTML   PDF+ HTML  
North Dakota Restarts each page PDF+     PDF+    
Ohio Continuous PDF+ HTML+   PDF+ HTML+  
Oklahoma Restarts each page PDF+     PDF+    
Oregon Restarts each page PDF+ HTML   PDF+ HTML  
Pennsylvania Restarts each page PDF+ HTML+ MS Word PDF+ HTML+ MS Word
Rhode Island Restarts each page PDF+     PDF+    
South Carolina Restarts each page   HTML MS Word+ (dl)   HTML MS Word+ (dl)
South Dakota Restarts each page PDF+ HTML   PDF+ HTML  
Tennessee None PDF     PDF    
Texas Restarts each page PDF+ HTML MS Word PDF+ HTML MS Word
Utah Restarts each page PDF+ HTML+   PDF+ HTML+  
Vermont Restarts each page PDF+     PDF+    
Virginia Continuous PDF+ HTML   PDF+ HTML  
Washington Restarts each page PDF+     PDF+    
West Virginia Restarts each section PDF+ HTML WPD PDF+ HTML WPD
Wisconsin Restarts each page PDF+ HTML+   PDF+ HTML+  
Wyoming Restarts each page PDF+     PDF+