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Health Care Reform Legislation and Decision: Read More Here

by Emily Rogers on June 29, 2012 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

The U.S. Supreme Court has just issued its decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Read the majority opinion and the dissenting justices’ views.

You can view the case filings, orders, and other documents leading up to this decision, available now on the web site of the Supreme Court.

The complete Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is available online, but you might prefer to review the 900+ pages in paper, located at call number AE 2.110:111-148 in Odum Library’s Government Documents collection.

Our Government Documents collection has a number of hearings before Congressional committees that discuss this legislation. Click this link to access a list of these hearings in our online catalog. Records marked “Access Online” are also available to read online as PDFs.

Two reports published by the Library of Congress’s Congressional Research Service discuss the PPACA:

These CRS reports are available online as PDFs courtesy of the University of North Texas Digital Library.

For the Birds

by Emily Rogers on June 14, 2012 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

June is an important month for the North American Breeding Bird Survey, which monitors the North American bird population.  The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Division of Migratory Birds also monitors the paths birds follow during their seasonal migrations.

North American migratory birds flyways, courtesy US Fish & Wildlife Service

Plenty of Georgians are involved with the North American Breeding Bird Survey and related birding activities, for good reason:  Georgia is a great state for birds.

Georgia is also a great state for government web sites and publications about birds.  See the rare birds of Georgia, including the American Oystercatcher:

American Oystercatcher. Photo credit Brad Winn, Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources

You can view many more publications about birds in Georgia at the current display The State of the Birds, including Have You Seen This Bird? Painted Bunting and Georgia’s state bird, Brown Thrasher, Toxostoma Rufum. Just come by the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of Odum Library to view the display and learn more about birds and other government information on wildlife and the environment from the Government Documents collection.