Subchapter B. PROCEDURES
25.11. Draft of revision bill.
25.12. Insertion of short title.
25.13. Insertion of scope provisions.
25.14. Analysis and insertion of definitions.
25.15. Insertion of major subdivision headings.
25.16. Insertion of undesignated center heads.
25.17. Assignment of section numbers.
25.18. Insertion of section headings.
25.19. Reorganization of sections.
25.20. Insertion of subsection headings.
25.21. Insertion of cross references.
25.22. Elimination of departures from uniform style of the Statutes.
25.23. Insertion of summary analyses.
25.24. Insertion of operative language of bill.
25.25. Insertion of repeals.
25.26. Insertion of table of contents.
25.27. Insertion of title of bill.
§ 25.11. Draft of revision bill.
In preparing or reviewing a draft of a revision bill, consideration should be given to the provisions of Subchapter B of Chapter 23 (relating to sequence of material) to assure an appropriate and suitable arrangement of material including the distribution of units to appropriate part, chapter, subchapter or other major subdivision headings. Upon final determination of the broad outline of the revision bill and rearrangement of text, as required, the text should be examined and analyzed pursuant to the following provisions of this Subchapter.
§ 25.12. Insertion of short title.
§ 25.13. Insertion of scope provisions.
(a) General rule.The revision bill should be examined to identify broad exceptions, exclusions or exemptions applicable to parts, chapters, subchapters or other major subdivisions and in each case an appropriate scope provision should be drafted and inserted at the beginning of the affected major subdivision.
(b) Violators.Care should be taken so as to avoid the drafting error of rendering a major subdivision technically inapplicable to persons who violate the provisions thereof. This error occurs where a major subdivision is stated to be applicable to a defined class of persons and the definition of the class is so drawn as to include only licensed or authorized persons. The preferred solution is to render the major subdivision expressly applicable to violators, as follows:
(a) General rule.This chapter applies to every fraternal benefit society and to every person who violates any provision of this chapter.
§ 25.14. Analysis and insertion of definitions.
The revision bill should be analyzed from the following points of view:
(1) To determine which definitions set forth in 1 Pa.C.S. § 1991 (relating to definitions) are adequate for the purposes of the bill and, where appropriate, to insert such defined terms in lieu of equivalent language contained in the initial draft.
(2) To identify the special definitions utilized in the initial draft, and to determine the appropriate scope to be accorded to such definitions, that is, to determine whether the definitions should be confined to a specific section, or whether they should precede a part, chapter, subchapter or other major subdivision.
(3) To examine the special definitions utilized in the initial draft in both of the following ways:
(i) To determine whether they are consistent with definitions of similar concepts in related areas of the law. Occasionally other statutes, not encompassed in the draft under consideration, will incorporate by reference a definition contained in a statute incorporated into and repealed by the bill. In such case a change in the definition may result in an inadvertent change in the meaning of the other statute. Where a first provision of the Statutes makes an express reference to a second provision of the Statutes, the citation of the first provision is printed following the text of the second or cited provision as published in Purdons Statutes. Therefore, whenever a provision of the Statutes which sets forth a definition is incorporated into and repealed by or is amended by a revision bill, the Purdons Statutes text of the provision should be consulted to determine whether the repeal or amendment will affect any other provision of the Statutes.
(ii) To determine whether they are internally consistent. A definition tree (for example, reference should be made to § 23.222 (relating to Commonwealth government)) should be prepared as a working paper showing the relationship of all definitions utilized in the draft.
(4) To identify repetitive concepts which could be shortened or clarified by the substitution of an appropriate new special definition.
§ 25.15. Insertion of major subdivision headings.
(a) General rule.The part, chapter, subchapter and other major subdivision headings should be inserted. If, for example, a chapter is introduced by a scope provision or a definitional section, or both, such provisions are ordinarily contained in a separate introductory subchapter, which may be entitled as follows: GENERAL PROVISIONS PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS DEFINITIONS APPLICATION OF CHAPTER
§ 25.16. Insertion of undesignated center heads.
Undesignated center heads may be inserted to group sections relating to a common subject, unless the subchapter or chapter embracing the sections relates to a single subject. The use of undesignated center heads should be avoided whenever possible. Their use is only necessary within a subchapter. Normally, the use of appropriate major subdivisions should be sufficient to group related subjects.
§ 25.17. Assignment of section numbers.
Section numbers should be assigned in conformity with § 23.25 (relating to sections) and § 23.27 (relating to reservation of numbers). The process of section numbering does not represent simply the sequential assignment of appropriate section numbers to the sections of the rearranged and modified initial draft, but rather is a major editorial effort seeking the best compromise among the following inconsistent considerations:
(1) In order to simplify the revised draft and allow for subsequent expansion by amendment, each subsection of the initial draft should be numbered as a separate independent section in the final draft.
(2) A title of the Statutes must avoid section numbers larger than four digits, that is, no chapter may be numbered beyond 99 and no section beyond 9999. Since even numbered chapters are omitted to allow for future expansion and since from 25 to 50 section numbers are required to number the typical chapter, approximately 2,500 section numbers are actually available for use in a specific title. Thus, assignment of section numbers on the basis set forth in paragraph (1) may exhaust the available section numbers.
(3) The numbering of each subsection of the initial draft as a separate section in the final draft may require repeated and awkward cross references to closely related provisions which formerly constituted units of the same section. This condition indicates the desirability of retaining the prior relationship.
(4) In some instances (for example, the Business Corporation Law, the Nonprofit Corporation Law and the like), the statute to be incorporated into and repealed by the bill is well known and heavily utilized by affected persons and a thoroughgoing renumbering would work a serious inconvenience to these users. This condition indicates the desirability of retaining the integrity of the sections of the prior law to the maximum extent possible.
§ 25.18. Insertion of section headings.
Section headings should be inserted in conformity with § 23.41 (relating to section headings). Each heading should be brief, but yet sufficient to form the basis for an adequate description should the occasion arise under § 23.52 (relating to cross reference descriptions). Colons, semicolons and other objectionable punctuation should be avoided.
§ 25.19. Reorganization of sections.
§ 25.20. Insertion of subsection headings.
Subsection headings should be inserted in conformity with § 23.42 (relating to subsection headings). Each heading should be brief, and should not be unnecessarily expanded merely for the purpose of forming a basis for a possible cross reference under § 23.52 (relating to cross reference descriptions). Colons, semicolons and other objectionable punctuation should be avoided.
§ 25.21. Insertion of cross references.
§ 25.22. Elimination of departures from uniform style of the Statutes.
The text of each provision of the bill should be analyzed to detect and correct departures from the rules of style established for the Statutes by this Subpart. Ordinarily the most effective approach is to read the revision bill from beginning to end with one or two of the following rules of style in mind, and to repeat the process until the list has been exhausted:
§ 23.101. Punctuation, capitalization and orthography.
§ 23.102. Geographic names.
§ 23.103. Use of words or figures to express numbers.
§ 23.104. Enumeration in running text.
§ 23.105. References to Commonwealth.
§ 23.106. References to Constitution of Pennsylvania.
§ 23.107. References to Legislature.
§ 23.108. References to pamphlet laws.
§ 23.109. References to United States Government.
§ 23.110. Conferring powers and imposing duties.
§ 23.111. Cross references to supplying or superseding statutes.
§ 23.112. Introduction of definitions.
§ 23.113. References to repealed statutes.
§ 23.114. Defining offenses.
§ 25.23. Insertion of summary analyses.
§ 25.24. Insertion of operative language of bill.
(a) General rule.The bill is in the form of an amendment to a particular title of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. Accordingly, the bill should be analyzed in the usual manner appropriate to an amendatory bill and the proper instructions inserted, as follows:
Section 1. Title 9 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes is amended by adding parts to read:
Section 2. Chapter 5 of Title 54 is amended by adding a subchapter to read:
Section 3. Section 6329 of Title 68 is amended to read:
(b) Substitution of major subdivision.If an entire subchapter, chapter or other major subdivision is revised and reenacted in the bill, the instruction relating to the new text is immediately preceded by an instruction repealing the superseded text, as follows:
Section 1. Chapter 35 of Title 1 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes is repealed.
Section 2. Part V of Title 1 is amended by adding a chapter to read:
PART V MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS * * * CHAPTER 35 PUBLICATION OF LAWS
(c) Conforming changes to other titles.Titles of the Statutes should be cited for amendment in ascending numerical order as in the case of other bills. However, if a bill constitutes an addition or revision of an entire title or major subdivision thereof, conforming amendments to other titles may appear following the amendment adding or revising the principal title even though they are lower in number than the principal title.
§ 25.25. Insertion of repeals.
(a) General rule.A section should be added to the bill repealing absolutely all statutory provisions, the substance of which is incorporated into or rendered obsolete by the bill.
(b) Separate repealer bill.In some cases, particularly where it is anticipated that the revision bill may be substantially amended during legislative consideration, the revision bill will contain only a general repealer, and following enactment of the revision bill a separate bill containing specific repeals will be introduced and enacted, effective, however, retroactive to the effective date of the revision bill.
§ 25.26. Insertion of table of contents.
A table of contents should be inserted preceding the enacting clause of the revision bill in conformity with § 23.45 (relating to tables of contents). All titles affected by the revision bill shall be included in a single table of contents. Supplementary sections of the revision bill which are not incorporated into the Statutes normally are not included in the table of contents.
§ 25.27. Insertion of title of bill.
The bill should be analyzed to determine the broad subject matter covered, which ordinarily will be adequately described by the headings of the most senior major subdivisions embraced in the bill, and a title should be prepared setting forth such subject matter as new matter in the title, as follows:
Amending Title 1 (General Provisions) of the Consolidated Pennsylvania Statutes, changing provisions relating to the publication of laws; adding provisions relating to the adoption and publication of constitutional and statutory provisions and to statutory construction; and making repeals.
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