There are 4 types of legislation:
Visit senate.gov to learn more about each.
APA does not specialize in legal citations. If your citation varies from the examples on this page, APA suggest that authors consult the Bluebook, a uniform system of citation commonly used in legal writing.
Read the APA blog entry on legal citation.
Website - A government website will be cited the same way as any other website in APA.
Elements: Last, I. (date). Title of document [Format description (optional)]. Retrieved from URL.
Example: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017, April 6). Health in all policies. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/policy/hiap/index.html.
Elements: (Last, year).
Example: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017) or (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017).
Statute - A statute is a bill that has been enacted into law (P.L.).
Elements: Name of the Statute, Title number Source § Section number(s) (Year).
Example: Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 29 U.S.C. §§ 2601-2654 (2006).
Elements: Title (year).
Example: Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (2006) or (Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 2006).
Policy -- If the policy you choose is a public law, please follow the instructions for citing statutes.
Elements: Organization that made the policy. (year). Title of the policy (Policy No. ## if applicable). Retrieved from URL.
Example: American Heart Association (2019). Ethics policy. Retrieved from https://www.heart.org/en/about-us/statements-and-policies/american-heart-association-ethics-policy-details.
Elements: (Organization that made the policy, year).
Example: (American Heart Association, 2019).
Elements: Government author. (year). Title of report: Subtitle of report if applicable (Report No. ###). Retrieved from URL
Example: Veterans Health Administration. (2013). National Veteran Health Equity Report: FY2013. Retrieved from https://www.va.gov/healthequity/NVHER.asp.
Elements: (Government author, year).
Example: (Veterans Health Administration, 2013)
Bill - Bills that have been been passed into law need to be cited as public laws (see the discussion of statutes below), unless you are referring to a historical piece of the legislative process.
Elements: Title [if relevant], bill or resolution number, xxx Cong. (year).
Example: Presidential Funding Act of 2010, S. 3681, 111th Cong. (2010) or S. 3681, 111th Cong. (2010).
Elements: Title (year).
Example: Senate Bill 3681 (2010)or (S. 3681, 2010)