Legislative Drafter's Desk Reference, 1st Edition

  • Lawrence E. Filson
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  • ISBN-10: 1604263695
  • ISBN-13: 9781604263695
  • DDC: 328.73
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 608 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released October 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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The Legislative Drafter's Desk Reference is a practical guide to the drafting of federal and state laws for law and public policy students, and legal, lobbying, and legislative professionals. It contains a treasure trove of information that sets forth solid drafting principles in language that is easy to understand. It offers an introduction to the concept and the process of bill drafting along with step-by-step details of all the issues associated with crafting legislative bills or agency regulations.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Figures and Tables.
1: About the Authors.
2: General Overview.
3: Approaching the Subject.
4: What Is Legislative Drafting?.
5: The Drafting Process Itself.
6: The First Stage: Preparing to Put Pen to Paper.
7: Defining the Problem and Its Solution.
8: Searching Out the Collateral Questions.
9: Organizing the Bill.
10: Writing the Bill: Preliminary Considerations.
11: The Mechanics of Good Writing.
12: The Roman Rule, Modified.
13: Readability.
14: Writing the Provisions of a Prototypical Bill.
15: General Considerations.
16: The Introductory Provisions.
17: The Central Provisions.
18: The Caboose.
19: Writing Amendatory Provisions.
20: General Considerations.
21: The Basic Amendatory Tools.
22: Amendatory Form and Style.
23: Organization of Amendments.
24: Amendatory Cautions.
25: Style, Form, and Usage Generally.
26: General Considerations.
27: Breakdown, Designation, and Headings of Subdivisions.
28: Grammatical Considerations.
29: Word Usage in General.
30: Devices Especially Suited for Coping with Complexity.
31: References to Statutory Provisions.
32: References to Nonstatutory Provisions.
33: Dealing with Effective Dates.
34: Other Usages and Considerations.
35: The Role of the Courts.
36: Statutory Construction.
37: Significant Case Law for the Drafter.
38: The Uniquely Federal Forms and Styles.
39: Typography and Typographical Terminology.
40: Locations and Forms of Existing Federal Law.
41: Legislative Vehicles in Congress.
42: Federal Drafting Styles.
43: Federal Parliamentary Considerations.
44: State and Regulatory Drafting Considerations.
45: Drafters of Nonfederal Law.
46: Considerations in Drafting Regulations.
A Quick Guide to The Legislative Drafter's Desk Reference.
List of Cases Cited.