New Chapter Now Available in National Survey of State Laws!

National Survey of State Laws, What's New
Shannon Furtak

Foodies, this brand-new addition to Rich Leiter’s National Survey of State Laws is for you! Food Laws, the most recent chapter in this incredible resource, focuses on the rapidly growing “slow foods” movement. This movement is in response to decades of increases in mass-production, corporate (factory) farming, and marketing of processed foods in supermarkets and restaurants. The slow foods movement encourages consumers to purchase locally produced, in-season foods at venues such as local farmers’ markets.

Naturally, any large movement brings with it problems and controversies, and that’s where the new Food Laws chapter is helpful. Regulations have developed concerning the different ways that natural foods are raised, processed for sale, and distributed, and these regulations vary significantly by state. The Food Laws chapter headings include Sale of Raw Milk, Sale of Eggs, Sale of Cottage Foods, and Sales of Wild Foraged Mushrooms. Cottage foods are low-risk foods produced by small operations, generally within the seller’s home kitchen.

Compare state laws pertaining to these chapter headings by selecting National Survey of State Laws from the HeinOnline Welcome Page. Next, select the new Food Laws chapter from the list of topics. An easy-to-follow chart contains major points of each state’s laws as they related to each chapter heading. Select any state(s) and click “show only checked states” to view or compare those specific states’ laws. For example, compare New York with Illinois:

About National Survey of State Laws

National Survey of State Laws provides an overall view of some of the most sought-after and controversial legal topics in the United States and has been named as an Outstanding Resource by the New York Public Library.

Users are able to make basic state-by-state comparisons of current state laws. The current 7th edition, along with the 6th and 5th editions, are included in database format, which also allows users to compare the same laws as they existed in 2005, 2008 and 2015, and even more currently for laws added or updated in the database since 2015. All print editions are included in HeinOnline’s image-based, fully searchable, user-friendly platform.

The database comes with a print copy of this title. While the print copy is updated every few years, the database is updated twice a year, ensuring current content is always available. Additionally, the author of National Survey of State Laws, Rich Leiter, takes suggestions for additions of new, relevant chapters. If you’re an expert in a particular area and would like to suggest or contribute an idea for a new chapter, contact Rich Leiter at

About the Author

Richard Leiter is the Director of the Schmid Law Library and a Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska. He earned his undergraduate degree (with honors) in 1976 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, his J.D. in 1981 from Southwestern University School of Law, where he was an editor of the law review, and his MLIS in 1986 from the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Leiter has written widely on law library, legal research, and legal information technology issues.

In 2014 Professor Leiter was named to the Fastcase 50, in recognition of his pioneering work in citation analysis for use in online legal database search algorithms. In 2012 he was included as one of the Top 50 Law Professors Who Use Twitter.

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