Building on the Legislative Problem-Solving Method, this course introduces a series of legislative drafting rules and tools, and guides participants through a series of exercises to:
1. identify how drafting errors might affect a bill’s interpretation and implementation;
2. revise legislative provisions to improve clarity and reduce opportunities for the law’s addressees to engage in arbitrary abuses of power.
Participants learn the dominant rules of judicial interpretation and legislative drafting. They gain the skills to identify drafting errors, different ways that poorly drafted legislative provisions might be interpreted, and probable implementation/accountability problems that might arise from a variety of drafting errors. Participants then practice drafting clear and concise legislative provisions to solve problems within the limitations established by the Constitution, other statutes, and decision makers.