2019 Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual

Legislative Council’s Division of Research is pleased to announce the 2019 edition of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual. The Manual is the primary resource for those who prepare or review legislation or are otherwise interested in the creation of an accurate, clear, and uniform legislative product. This is the 2019 updated version of the Manual, which includes several improvements:

  • Discussion of the veto override procedure and the role of the lieutenant governor in breaking a tie.
  • Modernization of the section on how best to create a task force.
  • New rules establishing how best to draft individuals’ ages, interstate compacts, and criminal laws.
  • Updates to effective dates and contingent effective dates; new discussion of implementation dates.
  • Hyperlinks added throughout to allow users to quickly jump from one section to another, to more easily access related rules and concepts.