The RELACS Report

Research Editorial Legal and Committee Staff

Welcome to The RELACS Report, the online journal of the Research, Editorial, Legal and Committee Staff (RELACS) professional association of NCSL.

This is the place to find articles on topics relevant to the various roles you, the association members, perform for your state legislatures, to get news from state legislatures across the country and to learn about the professional development opportunities provided by RELACS and NCSL.

The editorial board invites you to contribute your own knowledge and expertise! Please see our submission guidelines for more information.

Entries for February 2018

Five Fast Thoughts About Drafting Legislation

Legislative drafting is a specialized form of legal writing and clarity is paramount. In the quick paced legislative environment, accuracy can suffer, what you don't know can hurt you, and delayed solutions to drafting problems do have consequences.

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Do You Really Need to Say “But Not Limited To”?

Residents of a town, in Colorado, sued the town’s trustees for raising taxes to bury electric and telephone cables by creating a special district. The citizens argued that the state statute’s definition of public utility which included the phrase “and shall include” meant that the list, “city, county, special district…” was exhaustive. Learn how the court interpreted this statute in the case.

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