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U.S. Legislative Information Guide to Law Online Online sources of information on government & law by region, country or U.S. state.
Government Information Locator Service (GILS) was created in 1994 to provide a mechanism for users to identify, locate, and access or acquire publicly available Federal information resources. In the years since GILS was issued, however, advances in technology have made the standard obsolete that enable agencies to avoid the ongoing, resource intensive cataloging efforts mandated by the GILS. As a result of fr02se08N , the GILS application on GPO Access is no longer being updated and an archive is available.
"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed." — Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence Since the Second Continental Congress declared America's independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, the United States government has sought to realize the fundamental principle on which our nation was founded: that all people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This principle was formalized in 1788 with the ratification of the Constitution. That document — still the supreme law of the United States — became the foundation of a federal government that allowed the several states to act together as one, while protecting the sovereignty of each individual state. To ensure that no person or group would amass too much power, the founders established a government in which the powers to create, implement, and adjudicate laws were separated.