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Law: QuickStart Guide

This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for finding legal information and is intended for public library users and librarians.

Student Records & Rights

  What are student and family rights concerning student records and other school-related issues?  Click on the links below.

Getting a Driver's License

   Ready to drive?  Let's find out.

Earning Money

What kind of jobs can you work?  How old do you have to be?  How many hours can you work?

Protect your health.  Know your rights!

Money for College

 Get the whole picture, step-by-tep. Read, view videos, get started!

How Old Do I Have to Be?

Community Help

The City of Newton is home to many support services and opportunities
for our youth. This Youth Services Resource Guide identifies and
describes organizations in our community that provide services to families, children, and teens in Newton.

Primary Sources

Today's Document App

Primary sources and lesson plans from the National Archives and The Library of Congress. Library of Congress

Everyday a new document appears.  Use it to inspire your next paper! 

Find primary source material on a theme.  Teachers can find lesson plans.

Find laws about a topic: state, federal legislation, regulations and cases.

State House High School Internships

Education

Exploring Education: For Service Members and Students Interested in the Military

Resources on educational programs, colleges and funding choices for military service members, and for students interested in ROTC programs.

Books from the Catalog

Voting Laws, Ballot Questions, Voters Guides

Find laws related to voting.  See voting records of U.S. Senators and Representatives under the Federal Law tab's Legislation box.

 

Federal Election Commission, United States of America (logo). Link to FEC Home PageFederal Election Commission

http://www.fec.gov/

 Florence Harding becomes the first First Lady to vote.

I'm interested in finding voting records for members of Congress. Can THOMAS help?

There are several different ways of voting in the House and the Senate, one of which is the roll call vote, where the vote of each member is recorded. Not all bills, in fact, the minority of bills, receive a roll call vote.

The THOMAS home page has a link to roll call votes from 1990 in the House and 1989 in the Senate. Each link lists the roll call votes by sequential roll call number. This number is unrelated to the bill number. You can browse the list of roll call numbers, or you can go to Bill Status in Bill Summary & Status for the given bill and find the vote number (and often a direct link to the roll call vote).

THOMAS does not compile votes by members of Congress. However, the Government Resources page contains resources related to congressional votes.

Teen Issues and Rights

Get help, information, and support on topics below.

Crisis Hotlines

Crisis Hotlines

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call one of the 24-hour crisis hotline numbers below right away:

  • Samaritans Statewide Hotline: 1-877-870-HOPE (4673)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255); Press # 1 if you are a Veteran
  • The Trevor Helpline: 866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386) - Specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth and young adults

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Cases about Teenagers

Teen JuryCases plus the Juvenile Justice System, Delinquent Children, and Children Trquiring Services (formerly called CHINS,