Drafting Proper Short Titles: Do States Have the Answer?

Brian Christopher Jones

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The titles of short bills often serve as legal reference points for legislation. Over the past quarter century, federal short bill titles have transitioned to a naming style that is saturated in evocative language to gain greater support and political advantage. However, states have short title policies that prevent such language that is seen at the federal level. This Article explores the federal bill drafting process and how it has increasingly become an issue. Further, it describes the state process, pointing to aspects that could provide assistance to federal policies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-476
Number of pages22
JournalStanford Law and Policy Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Short titles
  • US Congress
  • Legislation
  • Bills
  • Acts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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