EDITORIAL RECLASSIFICATION
TITLE 43, UNITED STATES CODE



BRIEF SUMMARY OF CHANGES

Provisions from chapter 28 of title 43, United States Code, are being reorganized. No statutory text is repealed or amended. The changes are made merely to improve the organizational structure of the Code and to conform existing provisions to established classification practices. For the online version of the Code, the changes occur on July 1, 2017, after which the new Code citations should be used. For the printed version of the Code, the changes occur in supplement V of the 2012 edition.

BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR CHANGE

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel is responsible for maintaining and publishing the United States Code, which is a codification of the general and permanent laws of the United States, organized into titles based on subject matter. An integral part of producing the United States Code is determining whether new law should be included in the Code and if so, where it should be placed, a process known as classification.

Classification is a challenging task because new law must be classified not only to fit logically within existing Code categories, but also to allow room for future development. Over time, due to the enactment of new laws and amendments, some areas of the Code become less organized and harder to navigate.

The general and permanent provisions in chapter 28 of title 43, "Miscellaneous Provisions Relating to Public Lands", are being reorganized and transferred primarily to other locations in title 43. A few provisions are being transferred to title 25. No statutory text has been repealed or amended in the course of these transfers.

In addition, several provisions from chapters 28 of title 43 are being omitted from the Code as obsolete. Editorial omission from the Code has no effect on the validity of a law and is not a statement on its value or importance. Because the changes are effective as of supplement V of the 2012 edition of the Code, sections can be seen on this website as they appeared just prior to omission by viewing them using the "2012 Ed. and Supplement IV" option in the version dropdown menu at the top of each section page.

MAJOR ACTIONS AND STATUS

  • July 31, 2017.—The Office of the Law Revision Counsel completed, and submitted to the House Committee on the Judiciary for introduction in the 115th Congress, a draft bill to make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions classified to title 7, title 20, and title 43, United States Code.

RESOURCES FOR TRANSITION

(1) Bill

(2) Explanation

(3) Disposition table for provisions transferred or omitted from chapter 28 of title 43

QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS

Questions and comments may be directed to:
     Office of the Law Revision Counsel
     U.S. House of Representatives
     Washington, DC 20515
     Email: uscode@mail.house.gov