Responsibilities of the Legislative Drafter

Legislative drafting for the Senate is an exacting occupation. Effective drafting requires careful analysis of the legal problems involved, arrangement of matter in a logical sequence, and accurate expression of concepts. Constitutional limitations must always be observed.

Most legislative proposals deal with matters that have been the subject of 1 or more previous enactments. A new measure must be carefully related to earlier enactments to produce, to the maximum extent practicable, a consistent body of law that will carry the congressional purpose into effect without producing unintended consequences.

The volume of work of the Office has dramatically increased in recent years. The number of requests for assistance for each Congress has grown dramatically over time. In addition to the increase in the number of drafts, the drafting of new legislation is becoming increasingly more difficult and time-consuming because of the addition of a number of new subjects of Federal legislation and the increasing technical complexity of Federal statutory law.

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