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13.1.    Short title of Subpart.
13.2.    Scope and application of Subpart.
13.3.    Definitions.

§ 13.1. Short title of Subpart.

 This Subpart shall be known and may be cited as the ‘‘Legislative Drafting Manual.’’

§ 13.2. Scope and application of Subpart.

 (a)  General. This Subpart sets forth principles and procedures applicable to drafting bills and other legislative documents generally but does not apply to the extent that Subpart D of this Title (relating to the Consolidated Pennsylvania Statutes Style Manual) is applicable and sets forth inconsistent principles and procedures or to the extent that exceptions or variations are necessary to conform to the structure and style of a statute which is being amended.

 (b)  Conformity to Consolidated Statutes. In drafting original enactments which are not incorporated into the Consolidated Pennsylvania Statutes, the structure and style prescribed in Subpart D of this Title should be followed to the maximum extent possible to achieve uniformity of style and to simplify the eventual incorporation of the enactment into the Consolidated Statutes.

§ 13.3. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this Subpart shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Act—Act of November 25, 1970 (P. L.707, No.230), known as the Consolidated Pennsylvania Statutes.

   Bureau—The Legislative Reference Bureau.

   Commonwealth agency—The Governor or any department, departmental board or commission, independent board or commission, legislative service agency or other officer or agency of the Commonwealth.

   Constitution—The Constitution of Pennsylvania.

   Legislative document—A bill, resolution, motion, legislative citation, conference report, reorganization plan, supplemental assistance plan, bill analysis or amendment to a bill or resolution.

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