DATES: OCT 9 - 20, 2017
   
       
TUITION: $3950    
       

 

 

 

 

Overview

This course offers an intensive experience in drafting legislation. The course assists participants in mastering legislative provisions that pose special challenges to legislative drafters. Participants will draft all language necessary to develop and amend a simple bill as it would move through the legislative process and will also organize and draft a long, complex bill involving the reorganization of government bodies. Some prior experience in legislative drafting or legislation is helpful.

Course Outline

  

Drafting a Simple Bill

  • Learning to convert a legislative proposal into a bill for introduction in a legislative chamber

 

Drafting Amendments to a Bill and to Law

  • Committee "markup" amendments
  • "Floor" (whole House) amendments
  • Amendments to existing law

 

Instruction on Specialized Legislative Processes

  • Working with legislative committees
  • Budget and appropriations rules and problems
  • Participating in a mock committee markup session

 

Drafting a Government Grant Program

  • Instruction in selection and drafting of legislative language authorizing grants

 

Drafting Government Reorganization

  • Establishing a Government Agency
  • Abolishing a Government Agency
  • Consolidating Government Agencies
  • Savings ("grandfather") clauses
  • Transition provisions
  • Repeals

 

Drafting a Complex Bill

  • Organization of Legislative Provisions
  • Close Supervision and Review of Drafting Work

 

Course Advisor

Arthur J. Rynearson served as the Deputy Legislative Counsel of the United States Senate from 1999 to 2003. For more than 26 years, he was an attorney-drafter in the Office of the Legislative Counsel, United States Senate, where he drafted thousands of bills, resolutions, and amendments. He has 20 years experience teaching legislative drafting and legislation to foreign parliamentarians, attorneys, and law students. He also served as a legislative researcher for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. He is a graduate of the Cornell University Law School, where he specialized in international legal affairs, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hamilton College, where he majored in Government. Mr. Rynearson is also the author of Legislative Drafting Step-by-Step (Carolina Academic Press-ILI, 2013), a user-friendly guide to drafting legislation.