That method looks cool to, thanks.
I will report that I FINALLY got it to work...
I had to go into the db and change the 1,2,3,4 to userlevel1, userlevel2, etc.... then select:
$sqlquery = "SELECT * FROM policies WHERE UserLevel" . $_SESSION['user_level'] . "='1'";
Thanks a ton guys... i feel i can now move on =)