1:3-1 Preparation of laws for printing.
1:3-1. The Legislative Services Commission shall direct the Office of Legislative Services that, as soon as practicable after any law is enacted, it shall prepare the same for printing and in so doing, it shall make such corrections in the text thereof, as shall be directed by the Legislative Services Commission, and shall omit from the text thereof all material inserted therein, which is enclosed in bold-faced brackets, together with the brackets and all footnotes relating thereto, and shall cause material, appearing in the text underlined or printed in italics, to be printed in the same manner as other material is printed. In preparing the annual appropriations act for printing, the Office of Legislative Services shall include all displays of summaries of appropriations as may appear within the act and include a legend affixed to the bottom of the first page of the law indicating that material included within the displays is intended to be for the purpose of displaying summaries of the items of appropriations set forth elsewhere within that law and, while included within the text of the law, is not intended to be part of the law. The office shall cause the several acts of each year to be designated as chapters, numbered in Arabic according to the order of time when they respectively became laws; and shall cause headnotes, descriptive of the contents, to be printed at the beginning of such sections as it shall deem appropriate, and shall cause such sections of the several acts of each year to be marked with such compilation numbers as shall be appropriate in its judgment; and it shall, in like manner, cause the joint resolutions of the Senate and General Assembly and the concurrent resolutions of the Senate and General Assembly agreeing to any proposed amendment or amendments of the Constitution or providing for the publication and submission to the people of any such proposed amendment or amendments to be prepared for printing.
The Office of Legislative Services, through its Legislative Counsel, is authorized to correct in the text, but not in the title, of any law, such errors in references to other laws and in punctuation and spelling, and other obvious errors in form, which will not affect the substance of the law, as shall be concurred in by the Attorney General and shall make such corrections in preparing the law for printing.
The Office of Legislative Services, through its Legislative Counsel, is further authorized to correct errors caused when two or more amendments to the same section of law are enacted, at the same or different sessions of the Legislature, but such amendments inadvertently omit provisions of, and fail to refer to, one another. Only amendments that may be put into simultaneous operation may be reconciled. Corrections shall be concurred in by the Attorney General and, thereafter, the office shall prepare the law for printing.
The Office of Legislative Services shall also cause the proclamations of the Governor made during the previous year, which the Governor shall direct to be printed, to be copied and prepared for printing.
The Office of Legislative Services shall prepare but one index, alphabetically arranged, to all the acts and joint resolutions of the year and the proclamations of the previous year.
Amended 1941, c.19; 1954, c.28, s.2; 1967, c.4, s.1; 1981, c.448, s.2; 1999, c.98, s.3.
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