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The examples I found use single words or phrases. I can't find the answer for my case, but that could be because I don't know what you would call this introductory part of a bulleted list or what keywords to use. If I want to provide more details or definitions after an item, do I use a colon, a period, or just add the details in a new paragraph? Also, what is the bolded item called before its details or definition (if it even has a name)?

E.g. (I've seen this done before, but I don't think that is the correct use of a period)

To stay in compliance, consider the following:

  • Local-level laws. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.

  • State-level laws. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.

  • Federal-level laws. Lorem ipsum...

or

To stay in compliance, consider the following:

  • Local-level laws: (details)
  • State-level laws: (details)
  • Federal-level laws: (details)

or

To stay in compliance, consider the following:

  • Local-level laws—(details)
  • State-level laws—(details)
  • Federal-level laws—(details)

or

To stay in compliance, consider the following:

  • Local-level laws

    (details)

  • State-level laws

    (details)

  • Federal-level laws

    (details)

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  • I kept searching and I think I found a term: run-in headings or labels. This may describe the term and the punctuation for this type of list structure. Found here: prismnet.com/~hcexres/textbook/lists.html It also states to use hyphens with run-in headings (labels). I'd like to know other thoughts.
    – learnro
    Feb 29 '20 at 0:24
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Punctuation is generally a style issue. As such, there are no set grammar rules. Your particular issue is not covered in The Chicago Manual of Style. In such cases, Chicago recommends using your best judgment and staying consistent. All of your options appear fine. I looked at a few of my bulleted answers on this site, and i seem to use the style of following my bold bullets with a period and continuing in line, but I have no better reason than I like it that way.

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  • Thank you! I'd upvote but I can't yet without 15 reputation.
    – learnro
    Mar 3 '20 at 15:47

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