Appendix B

Sample Form for Bills

  1. SYNOPSIS. A description of the state of the current law and how the law would be changed by the bill if enacted. The SYNOPSIS should be cast in terms that are objective and nonpartisan. The language used should not be judgmental. The SYNOPSIS is a legal opinion of this office of the state of current law and how the bill would affect that law. It is not a floor statement for persuading someone of the merits of the bill.
  2. TITLE. A brief description of the subject matter of the bill. It is not required that the TITLE contain a catalog of the contents of a bill. The SYNOPSIS tells what a bill does, the TITLE tells what the bill is about. If there are criminal penalties in a bill the TITLE is required to contain a provision to that effect.
  3. ENACTING CLAUSE. Every bill is required to contain a statement as follows: BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA
  4. BODY OF THE BILL (as appropriate to the particular bill).
    1. SHORT TITLE
    2. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT
    3. DEFINITIONS
    4. MAIN LEGAL PRINCIPLE (create or establish; impose duty or obligation; confer a power, create a right, or grant a privilege; prohibit)
    5. PROCEDURAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS
    6. PENALTIES
  5. BOILERPLATE PROVISIONS (to the extent necessary).
    REPEALS
    SEVERABILITY
    EFFECTIVE DATE