Legislative Drafting Guides
A little bit of inspiration while you draft.
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If you’re looking for a little inspiration for drafting your legislation, we’ve compiled a handy list of style guides from various jurisdictions around the country. We’ll keep this updated as things change. Thank you for notifying us of any mistakes or broken links here.

“Live Versions” are links to where the we last found the drafting guide. These live versions sometimes change, so we also provide a Permanent Link that should never break.

Federal

House of Representatives

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/09/14)

Senate

Not Available


State

Alabama

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/10/06)

Alaska

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/09/30)

Arizona

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/06/23)

Arkansas

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2015/10/04)

California

Not available

Colorado

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/11/11)

Connecticut

Basic Considerations in Drafting Legislation

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/05/31)

Regulations Drafting Manual

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/05/31)

Delaware

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/11/12)

Florida

House

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/11/11)

Senate

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/10/31)

Georgia

Not Available

Hawaii

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/04/22)

Idaho

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/09/09)

Illinois

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/06/28)

Indiana

Live Version

Iowa

We have not found a drafting guide provided by the state of Iowa. The Iowa League of Cities, however, presented a course in 2012 directed toward drafting and preparing ordinances, resolutions, and motions. Here is the Live Version and the Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/12/06).

Kansas

Not Available

Kentucky

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/06/05)

Louisiana

Not Available

Maine

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2015/09/10)

Maryland

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/10/25)

Massachusetts

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/04/11)

Michigan

Not Available

Minnesota

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/08/20)

Mississippi

Not Available

Missouri

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/07/18)

Montana

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/10/30)

Nebraska

Available to other state legislatures only.

Nevada

Available to other state legislatures only.

New Hampshire

Not Available

New Jersey

Not Available

New Mexico

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/11/11)

New York

The drafting manual is not available, but the rules of the assembly is available here.

North Carolina

Not Available

North Dakota

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/11/14)

Ohio

The legislative drafting manual is not available, but the Administrative Rule Drafting Manual is provided below.

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2015/09/06)

Oklahoma

Available to other state legislatures only.

Oregon

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/08/27)

The League of Oregon Cities also published an Ordinance Drafting and Maintenance Guide in 2001. Here is the Live Version.

Pennsylvania

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/09/08)

Rhode Island

Not Available

South Carolina

Not Available

South Dakota

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/08/16)

Tennessee

Live Version

No Permanent Link Available

Texas

We have not found a drafting guide provided by the state of Texas. The Texas Municipal League, however, does have a drafting guide directed towards municipalities. Here is the Live Version and the Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/04/15).

Utah

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/11/11)

Vermont

Not Available

Virginia

Not Available

Washington

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/10/07)

West Virginia

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/11/14)

Wisconsin

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2015/09/18)

Wyoming

The drafting manual is not available, but the legislative handbook is available here.


Foreign

Hong Kong

Live Version

Permanent Version Not Available

New Zealand

Live Version

Permanent Link (Retrieved 2016/10/12)


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