Legislature(2003 - 2004)

04/06/2004 03:40 PM STA

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               CSHB 447(JUD)-2004 REVISOR'S BILL                                                                            
PAMELA FINLEY,  revisor of statutes,  stated for the  record that                                                               
the purpose of  the revisor bill is to clean  up the statutes and                                                               
remove errors.  She advised  that there  is a  sectional analysis                                                               
accompanying  the bill  that explains  each change.  Many of  the                                                               
changes are  clean ups  from the Executive  Orders (EO)  from the                                                               
previous session. A  copy of the sectional analysis  may be found                                                               
in the bill file.                                                                                                               
SENATOR  JOHN  COWDERY recalled  that  she  had come  before  him                                                               
previously with revisions and asked when that was.                                                                              
MS. FINLEY explained that there is a revisor bill each year.                                                                    
CHAIR GARY STEVENS  noted that this is quite  an undertaking each                                                               
MS. FINLEY explained that there are  a number of ways to find the                                                               
errors.  When  bills are  prepared  errors  are noted,  sometimes                                                               
members of the public draw  attention to errors, and the Attorney                                                               
General's Office  and other line agencies  sometimes note errors.                                                               
In  addition to  that, each  year  her office  examines in  depth                                                               
between  six and  eight titles  in  statute and  they often  find                                                               
errors that way.                                                                                                                
SENATOR COWDERY  asked whether her  office pays attention  to the                                                               
intent behind bills.                                                                                                            
MS. FINLEY replied that they do keep the intent in mind.                                                                        
There were no further questions.                                                                                                
SENATOR  STEDMAN  made  a  motion  to  move  CSHB  447(JUD)  from                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations  and attached  fiscal                                                               
notes. There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                             

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