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Bill reading 101

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Post by E.Marquez » Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:22 pm

Please correct me if I am WRONG..Or add to if I omitted something.

Bill reading 101
Example used is HB650
http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85 ... navpanes=0
  • Text underlined is NEW text to the verbiage of an existing law.
    Text lined though is text from an existing law to be struck out in the new one.
Are there other "Bill reading 101" tidbits Im missing?
Does the "text" of the bill in the various versions, Introduced, House Committee Report, Engrossed, Senate Committee Report, Enrolled have other identifying marks or not obvious clues, meanings, indications or identifications?

I want to be sure I don't miss "seeing" something in a bill or understanding what it is implying or meaning.

I dont know what I dont know :tiphat:
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Post by SewTexas » Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:32 pm

you are correct.
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Post by E.Marquez » Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:34 pm

SewTexas wrote:you are correct.
Thank you
Am I missing anything? do you know of other marks, clues to information or "reading" a Texas state bill?
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Post by SewTexas » Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:37 pm

no real clues....sometimes it feels like they make it difficult on purpose. Other times, it's really very easy.
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Post by stroo » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:02 pm

It is also helpful to read the definitions section or have it handy. Definitions of terms can change the meaning of the bill considerably. "Is" doesn't always mean "is" in legislation.

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Post by E.Marquez » Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:37 am

stroo wrote:It is also helpful to read the definitions section or have it handy. Definitions of terms can change the meaning of the bill considerably. "Is" doesn't always mean "is" in legislation.
Thank you...and now a questions that comes to mind from that.

I just listened to Mr Cottons last three pod casts.. And they were full of "And for that we have to reference" then it was a definition someplace else in the code, or another code, or something in the admin code.

When a bill is relying, using, associated to language in another bill, code or law.....is there an indication on the bill your looking at (Say HB650)that "tells you" that the associated language has changed as well? So you know to go look at that definition that is all so important to the bill in front of you?

Or is it expected the reader of HB560 will look up every other associated law, bill or code and confirm no language changes in those documents as part of their "HB560 reading and review" ?
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Post by Bladed » Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:34 pm

"Reading Statutes and Bills," by the Texas Legislative Council, for the 85th Legislature: http://www.tlc.state.tx.us/docs/legref/readingabill.pdf


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Post by srothstein » Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:52 am

It is also helpful to remember that reading the law is a skill in itself. This includes existing laws, not just bills. Another good reference is the Code Construction Act, which is a law telling the courts how to read the laws. It is in Chapter 311 of the Government Code
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Post by stroo » Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:31 pm

Generally if a bill is not changing the definitions, you need to go to the base law that the bill is changing and look at the definitions there. Usually the definitions are in one of the first few sections of a law. If the bill is changing definitions, the definitions will usually be in an early section in the bill.

Having said that, at times you will find a definition in the substantive section of the law being amended; i.e. later in the bill. I hate when that happens but the legislators do that occasionally. There is no way of predicting when that will happens so you just need to be alert for it.

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Post by E.Marquez » Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:26 am

thank you all for the recommendations.
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