Drafting Effective Federal Legislation and Amendments


Drafting Effective Federal Legislation and Amendments


This 1-day course in Washington, DC, helps anyone draft and revise bills and amendments, with lessons especially useful to those who prepare reports, legislation and other documents. In this course, instructors explain the role of the OMB, examining various formats and exploring ways to choose the most appropriate one for your issue.
We discuss how to:

  • Define your audience and broaden your measure’s appeal
  • Assess existing law and policy objectives before putting pen to paper
  • Structure bills and amendments to streamline the drafting process
  • Comply with the U.S. Code rules of construction, style, grammar and punctuation guide
  • Use drafting styles that work in your favor
  • Apply drafting language to your ideas and goals via hands-on exercises

Course materials include the Training Edition of “Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook,” by Tobias A. Dorsey.

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