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Bill Drafting Manuals

Bill Drafting Manuals

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  • Online Bill Drafting Manuals

For more information

NCSL has access to a few bill drafting manuals that are not available online. Please contact Kae Warnock for more information.

(As of October 1, 2014)

State Legislatures

Alabama -  http://lrs.state.al.us/style_manual/style_manual.html (Drafting Style Manual)
Alaska - http://w3.legis.state.ak.us/docs/pdf/DraftingManual.pdf  (2013)
Arizona -  http://www.azleg.gov/alisPDFs/council/2013-2014%20BILL%20DRAFTING%20MANUAL.pdf   (2013-14)
Arkansas - http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/bureau/legal/Publications/2010%20Legislative%20Drafting%20Manual.pdf (2010)  
Colorado - http://tornado.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/olls/LDM/OLLS_Drafting_Manual.pdf    (2014)
Connecticut - http://www.cga.ct.gov/lco/pdfs/Regulations_Drafting_Manual.pdf (2009 Regulations Drafting Manual)  
Delaware - Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual (2013 Update ).pdf   (2013)
Florida House-  http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/contentViewer.aspx?Category=PublicGuide&File=About_The_Legislative_Process_Guidelines_for_Bill_Drafting.htm   (2011)
Florida Senate - http://www.flsenate.gov/PublishedContent/ADMINISTRATIVEPUBLICATIONS/Manual-for-Drafting%20-Final.pdf (2009)
Georgia - Not available at this time
Hawaii - http://lrbhawaii.info/reports/legrpts/lrb/2012/legdftman12.pdf  (2012)
Idaho - http://legislature.idaho.gov/about/draftingmanual.pdf (2013)  http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/about/sopdraftingguide.htm   (statement of purpose and fiscal notes only)
Illinois - http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/manual.pdf (2012)  
Indiana - http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2014/publications/bill_drafting_manual/#document-ae6c0119 (2014 includes administrative code drafting)
Iowa - Not available at this time
Kansas - Not available at this time
Kentucky - http://www.lrc.ky.gov/lrcpubs/ib117.pdf   (2011)
Louisiana - Not available at this time
Maine -  http://www.maine.gov/legis/ros/manual/Draftman2009.pdf (2009)
Maryland - http://dls.state.md.us/data\legandana\legandana_bildra\legandana_bildra_bildraman\Drafting-Manual.pdf (2014)  
Massachusetts - http://www.malegislature.gov/Legislation/DraftingManual  (2010) 
Michigan - Not available at this time
Minnesota -https://www.revisor.mn.gov/office/2013-Revisor-Manual.pdf (2013)
Missouri - http://www.moga.mo.gov/rsmopdfs/BillDraftManual2011.pdf
Mississippi - Not available at this time
Montana - http://leg.mt.gov/content/Publications/2012%20bill%20drafting%20manual.pdf   (2012)
Nebraska -  Available to other state legislatures only.
Nevada -  2011 Manual - Available to other state legislatures only. http://leg.state.nv.us/Division/Research/Publications/InterimReports/1967/Bulletin065.pdf (1970 manual)
New Jersey - Not available at this time
New Mexico - http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/lcsdocs/draftman.pdf  (2008)
New York - Not available at this time
North Carolina - Not available at this time
North Dakota -  http://www.legis.nd.gov/legislative-drafting-manual  (2013)
Ohio - http://www.lsc.state.oh.us/rules/rdm06_06.pdf (Adminstrative Rule Drafting Manual 2006)
Oklahoma - Senate manual available to other state legislatures only. House - Not available at this time
Oregon -  http://www.lc.state.or.us/pdfs/draftingmanual.pdf   (2012)
Pennsylvania - http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/101/chapter13/chap13toc.html
South Carolina - Not available at this time
South Dakota - http://legis.sd.gov/docs/referencematerials/draftingmanual.pdf  
Tennessee - :  http://www.capitol.tn.gov/joint/staff/legal/2013-Drafting-Guide-WebsiteVersion-10-28-13.pdf
Texas - http://www.tlc.state.tx.us/legal/dm/draftingmanual.pdf (2013)
Utah - http://le.utah.gov/documents/LDM/draftingManual.html (2012 style manual)
Vermont - Available to other state legislatures only.
Virginia -  Available to other state legislatures only. Printed version available upon request from legislature.
Washington - http://www.leg.wa.gov/CodeReviser/Pages/bill_drafting_guide.aspx (2013)
West Virginia - http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Joint/Bill_Drafting/Drafting_Manual.pdf  (2006)
Wisconsin - http://docs.legis.wi.gov/statutes/drafting_manual/general.pdf ; http://docs.legis.wi.gov/statutes/drafting_manual/numbering.pdf ; http://docs.legis.wi.gov/statutes/drafting_manual/numbering.pdf ; http://docs.legis.wi.gov/statutes/drafting_manual/adoption.pdf ; http://docs.legis.wi.gov/statutes/drafting_manual/words.pdf (2011-12)
Wyoming - Not available at this time

Congressional

U.S. House of Representatives - House Office of Legislative Counsel, Legislative Drafting Guide - http://www.house.gov/legcoun/HOLC/Drafting_Legislation/Drafting_Guide.html Older House Style Guide - http://www.house.gov/legcoun/pdf/draftstyle.pdf (1995)
U.S. Senate - not available at this time



 
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