Maybe they should have taken training in how to draft legislation – 2

A 6-year-old child’s chalk sketches on her family’s stoop brought her bemused parents a graffiti-removal notice that threatened a $300 fine, the family and Sanitation Department officials said.

“My mom got a ticket for graffiti, and it wasn’t even graffiti,” first-grader Natalie Shea said. “It was art, very nice art.”
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Nor does City Councilman Peter Vallone, who spearheaded a 2005 city law that requires property owners to get rid of graffiti.

“It was never the intent of my law to capture chalk drawings on the sidewalk,” he said.

New York Parents Fined for Daughter’s Chalk Drawings on Stoop,” FoxNews, October 13, 2007
How could this have been avoided? Maybe New York City Councilman Peter Vallone should have attended the training program from TheCapitol.Net on “Drafting Effective Federal Legislation and Amendments” or read the “Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook” by Toby Dorsey.

Legislative Drafter's Deskbook, by Tobias A. Dorsey

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