Structural Changes to Managing the Code Revision Project


Because of the immensity of the code revision undertaking that had begun in 1970, by the mid‑1980s interest levels of and participation by the members of the Commission to Revise the Annotated Code had declined precipitously.  To keep the mission going, in 1985, it was decided to abolish the commission, put the project under the auspices of the Legislative Policy Committee of the General Assembly, and create a new organization.  Instead of a permanent commission managing the actual drafting of every article, the Legislative Policy Committee, chaired by the presiding officers of the legislature, appointed a smaller oversight committee (the Code Revision Committee) to plan the sequence of revised articles and generally to oversee the progress of their preparation.


It was further decided that, for each article, a separate article review committee would be appointed consisting of individuals who had some specific interest or expertise in the subject matter to be covered by a particular proposed revised article.


The separate statutory revision division within the former Department of Legislative Reference (now the Department of Legislative Services) was also abolished, and, instead, the staff work was to be handled by a broader group of analysts with law degrees from within the department.  For each revised article being undertaken, the Director of the Office of Policy Analysis within the department, in consultation with appropriate managers within the office, appointed an article supervisor.