Very few pieces of legislation are written in a way that is easy to understand, and this is especially true when dealing with many politically charged issues. A few examples include:
Why is this - There are two reasons why legislation makes it hard to understand clearly what the bill is trying to accomplish.
Legislatures want to hide what they are doing. For example, most anti-CRT state, “it can not be taught that one race is inherently superior to another.” They also use “educational freedom” or “parental rights in education.” All, on the surface, sound like something everyone should support, but it is only when you closely read what is proposed that you genuinely understand what the legislation is trying to accomplish.
Bills are written to either become law or serve as a messaging tool. Either way, well-written bills must identify the current law, what will need to be changed, and what language needs to be replaced. This is where we recommend focusing when trying to find all bills relevant to a certain cause or issue. Bills targeting transgender rights are a good example. Legislation addressing transgender issues must first describe what a “man” is and what a “woman” is and then explain what these “men” and “women” can and can not do. Montana’s anti-gender-affirming care is a good example of this.
How do I find the correct search terms - This is always the question. Whether dealing with politicized topics or general legislation dealing with your company, finding the correct search terms for legislation can be daunting. Here are a few steps you can take:
Finding the right search words to find legislation is difficult. They can vary from state to state and can change from month to month. This is why it’s important to stay on top of your issues.