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The numbers for each public law are issued by the Governor’s office when the law goes into effect. New legislatures are elected in every even numbered year.  Each new legislature is numbered.  The first number in the public law is the legislature and the second number is a unique identifier. 

Except for appropriations, public laws tend to be esoteric since most laws that are passed by the legislature codified in the American Samoa Code Annotated. 

Public laws are put in collections that are sometimes referred to as session laws, statutory updates, or session reporters. 

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