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What Are the Main Actions a Bill Takes?

In addition to amending or repealing an existing section of law, a bill can do more

By Chris Micheli, March 4, 2023 9:14 am

We know that a bill in the California Legislature can add a new section of law, amend an existing section of law, repeal an existing section of law, or do a combination of those three things. That is what a bill does at its most basic level.

However, a bill usually takes one or more of the following formal actions:

  • Create or establish something
  • Impose a duty or obligation
  • Confer a power
  • Create a right
  • Grant a privilege
  • Prohibit conduct or an action
  • Establish a condition
  • Create a qualification
  • Impose a limitation
  • Specify an exception

When drafting a bill, it is important to keep in mind the main purpose of the bill and the author’s stated intent.

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