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|
|Jennifer's Law||Victim||Jennifer's Law||"Jennifer's Law"||Jennifer Wilmer, who went missing at age 21 in 1993 from California.||42 USC 14661 (note)||106-177, title II||114 Stat 36||Y||name of title and short title; grant awards to missing person's programs|
|Michelle's Law||Victim||Michelle's Law||"Michelle's Law"||Michelle Morris, who was a full-time college student at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire when she was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2003. She had to remain a full-time student in order to stay on her parents' health insurance as a dependent. She died in 2005.||42 USC 201 (note)||110-381||122 Stat 4081||Y||
H.Rpt. 110-806, Part I, July 30, 2008.
|Masha's Law||Victim||Masha's Law||"Masha's Law"||Masha was a Russian orphan adopted by a man in Pennsylvania at age 5. She was sexually exploited by her adoptive father, who posted pictures of her on the internet.||18 USC 2251 (note)||109-248, title VII, section 707||120 Stat 650||Y||
CR S8022, July 20, 2006, Statement of Sen. John Kerry.
|title of section and short title|
|Anton's Law||Victim||Anton's Law||"Anton's Law"||Named for Anton Skeen, 4-year-old killed in car accident when front safety belt did not restrain him.||49 USC 30127||107-318||116 Stat 2772||Y|
|Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act||Victim||Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act||"Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act"||Army Specialist Joshua Lee Omvig, U.S. Army Reserve 339th Military Police Company from Davenport, Iowa, who committed suicide in 2005 after returning from Iraq.||38 USC 101 (note)||110-110||121 Stat 1031||Y||
CR H2774, Mar. 21, 2007, Statement of Rep. Jeff Miller (FL).
|Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990||Victim||Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990||"Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990"||Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS at age 13 and became an advocate for people with the disease. He died a few months before the original act passed in 1990.||42 USC 201 (note)||101-381||104 Stat 576||Y||
Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS at age 13 and became an advocate for people with the disease. He died a few months before the original act passed in 1990.
|short title; Ryan White contracted HIV from transfusion|
|Amy Boyer's Law||Victim||Amy Boyer's Law||"Amy Boyer's Law"||Amy Boyer murdered in Nashua, NH, after being a victim of cyber-stalking for years.||42 USC 1305||106-553, Sec 635 (a)||114 Stat 2762, 2762A-114||Y||Title listed in Sec 635(a);|
|Jeanna's Act (aka Interstate Transportation of Dangerous Criminals Act of 2000)||Victim||Jeanna's Act (aka Interstate Transportation of Dangerous Criminals Act of 2000)||"Jeanna's Act" or "Interstate Transportation of Dangerous Criminals Act of 2000"||Jeanna North was killed at age 11 by a man who then escaped from the custody of a private prison transport company when he was being taken across state lines.||42 USC 13726||106-560||114 Stat 2784||Y||
CR S14603, Nov. 16, 1999. Statement of Sen. Byron Dorgan.
|short title gives both names|
|Matthew Shephard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act||Victim||Matthew Shephard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act||"Matthew Shephard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act"||Matthew Shepard was the victim of a hate crime, beaten to death in Laramie, WY in 1998 by two men because he was gay. Jame Byrd, an African-American man from Texas, was killed in 1998 by two white supremacists who chained him to a pickup truck and dragged him to death.||18 USC 1 (note)||111-84, div E||123 Stat 2835||Y||
"Obama signs hate-crimes law rooted in crimes of 1998," USA Today, Oct. 28, 2009. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2009/10/620000629/1
|short title and division title; check original bills -- think the full title changed through the legislative history|
|Code Adam Act of 2003||Victim||Code Adam Act of 2003||"Code Adam Act of 2003"||Named for Adam Walsh (son of John Walsh), who disappeared from a store at age 6 in 1981. "Code Adam" describes the procedures to be followed when a child goes missing in a store.||42 USC 5601 (note)||108-21, title III, subtitle D (section 361)||117 Stat 665||Y||short title - missing children procedures in public buildings|