The collection can be sorted by the popular name of the law, by the date of its enactment, or by descriptive category of naming convention. The categories are our attempt to bring some degree of order to the chaos.
Database of Federal Statute Names
Database of Federal Statute Popular Names
|Title||Type||Popular Name||Short Title||Named For?||Classification||PL||Statute At Large||Date(s) Enacted||Interesting Part Statutized?||Leads to other named Legislation||Link/Source||Notes|
|Rosa's Law||Victim||Rosa's Law||"Rosa's Law"||Rosa Marcellino, an 8-year-old girl with intellectual disabilities, whose parents and older siblings had become advocates for eliminating the use of the phrase "mentally retarded" in public policy and laws because of the stigma and discrimination it invites.||20 USC 1400 (note)||111-256||124 Stat 2643||Y||
CR S11433, Nov. 17, 2009, Statement of Sen. Barbara Mikulski (sponsor).
|Kristen's Act||Victim||Kristen's Act||"Kristen's Act"||Kristen Moderfferi, a constituent of the law's sponsor (Rep. Sue Myrick), who disappeared in 1997 after her freshman year in college.||42 USC 14661 (note)||106-468||114 Stat 2027||Y||
CR H10453, Oct. 19, 2000, Statement of Rep. Sue Myrick.
|short title; finding missing adults|
|Suzanne's Law||Victim||Suzanne's Law||NO short title||Suzanne Lyall, who disappeared in 1998 at age 19 from SUNY-Albany.||42 USC 5779||101-647, title XXXVII||104 Stat 4966||N||NOTE: This provision was originally enacted in 1990, but Suzanne's Law was actually a provision in the PROTECT Act of 2003 (117 Stat 650, Section 204) that changed from 18 to 21 the age under which any law enforcement agency must report a missing person to the National Crime Information Center.|
|Dawson Family Community Protection Act||Victim||Dawson Family Community Protection Act||"Dawson Family Community Protection Act"||Carnell and Angela Dawson were killed, along with their five children, when their house was fire-bombed in apparent retaliation for Mrs. Dawson's notification to police about persistent drug distribution activity in their neighborhood.||21 USC 1701 (note)||109-469, title III, Section 302||120 Stat 3524||Y||
Findings in legislation. PL 109-469, Section 302.
|short title at Section 302(a)|
|Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007||Victim||Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007||"Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007"||Emmett Till was a 14-year-old African-American young man from Chicago who was brutally tortured and murdered after allegedly whistling at a white woman. The killers were tried but acquitted by an all-white jury.||28 USC 509 (note)||110-344||122 Stat 3934||Y||
H.Rpt.110-200, June 19, 2007.
|title of statute and short title|
|Corey Shea Act||Victim||Corey Shea Act||"Corey Shea Act"||Army Specialist Corey Shea was killed in Iraq in November 2008. His mother fought for the legislation to allow interment in military cemeteries of parents of deceased veterans who do not have spouses or children.||38 USC 101 (note)||111-275, title V, section 502||124 Stat 2882||Y||short title of Sec. 502 - internment in national cemeteries of parents of certain deceased veterans|
|Johanna's Law (aka Gynecological Cancer Education and Awareness Act of 2005)||Victim||Johanna's Law (aka Gynecological Cancer Education and Awareness Act of 2005)||"Johanna's Law" or "Gynecological Cancer Education and Awareness Act of 2005"||Johanna Silver Gordon, who died of ovarian cancer that was not detected until late in its development because she was not educated about the early signs.||42 USC 201 (note)||109-475||120 Stat 3565||Y||
CR H8626, Nov. 14, 2006, Statement of Rep. Sandy Levin.
|short title gives both names; section 2 seems to amend USC to specifically insert "Johanna's Law" at 42 USC 247b-17|
|James Guelff and Chris McCurley Body Armor Act of 2002||Victim||James Guelff and Chris McCurley Body Armor Act of 2002||"James Guelff and Chris McCurley Body Armor Act of 2002"||James Guelff was a San Francisco Police Officer who was shot to death on November 13, 1994, by a heavily-armed gunman wearing a bullet-proof vest and kevlar helmet. Chris McCurley was a Captain in the Etowah County, Alabama Drug Task Force, and was killed in 1997 by a drug dealer who was using protective body armor.||42 USC 379ll-3||107-273, div. C, title I, section 11099||116 Stat 1819||Y||
Findings in legilsation. Also Guelff - CR S535-536, Jan. 24, 2001, Statement of Sen. Dianne Feinstein;
|Senate version sponsored by Sen. Feinstein (CA)|
|Hillory J. Farias and Samantha Reid Date-Rape Drug Prohibition Act of 2000||Victim||Hillory J. Farias and Samantha Reid Date-Rape Drug Prohibition Act of 2000||"Hillory J. Farias and Samantha Reid Date-Rape Drug Prohibition Act of 2000"||Farias - 17-year-old Texas girl who died in 1996 after GHB had been slipped into her soda. Reid - 15-year-old girl who died in 1999 after GHB was slipped into her soda.||21 USC 801 (note)||106-172||114 Stat 7||Y||
Farias - CR H9866, Oct. 12, 1999, Statement of Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee; Reid - CR S14872, Nov. 19, 1999, Statement of Sen. Spencer Abraham.
|short title; guessing victims|
|Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2008||Victim||Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2008||"Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2008"||Debbie Smith was a rape survivor who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the importance of testing the backlog of rape kits.||42 USC 13701 (note)||110-360||122 Stat 4008||Y|