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APRIL 2001Volume 3 Number 2

Browsable' Edition of Connecticut General Statutes Online

Denise Jernigan, Law/Legislative Reference Unit Head

The Connecticut State Library was one of the first institutions in the country to mount a complete browsable edition of state statutes on the Internet. After some extensive programming and reformatting of the publisher's tapes, the Webmaster mounted the 1997 edition of the statutes on the State Library's web site in the spring of 1997.

It immediately became the most-visited site on the CSL home page and has remained a top attraction even after the state legislature made more recent editions available in a searchable format. The ability to "browse," or scroll through successive statute sections or entire chapters, was a convenience users did not want to relinquish even though some of the information was becoming more outdated with each subsequent legislative session. The Library transmitted these concerns to the General Assembly, which took over the web hosting of statutes in 1999.

Recently, the Legislative Commissioner's Office (LCO) of the Connecticut General Assembly released a fully browsable edition of the 2001 statutes. CSL can now retire its pioneer edition, freeing up some much-needed space on the web server for other useful information. Thanks, LCO!

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