Terms Used In U.S. Code > Title 42 > Chapter 157 > Subchapter VI
- amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
- common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
- contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
- corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
- individual: shall include every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive at any stage of development. See 1 USC 8
- oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
- public law: A public bill or joint resolution that has passed both chambers and been enacted into law. Public laws have general applicability nationwide.
- statute: A law passed by a legislature.