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Is This the Single Longest Code Section Among California Laws?

One statute with about 10,600 words in it

By Chris Micheli, June 13, 2022 2:56 pm

After spending weeks reviewing all of the more than 155,000 statutes contained in California’s 29 Codes, I came across many that are short in length and many that are quite long.

A few long ones stood out to me, including Revenue and Taxation Code Section 23698, which was added in 2020 by Chapter 8 (AB 85). This section of the state tax law provides a credit for certain qualified expenditures for the production of a qualified motion picture in California. This particular statute is about 10,600 words in length. I think the average statute commonly runs several hundred words in length.

If any reader comes across a longer state statute, let me know! One of the shortest sections is California Vehicle Code Section 1, which is just 9 words in length.

Editor’s note: If you’re curious, you can read the 10,600 word tax code HERE

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