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HOW To read a bill

1. New language being added to an existing section of law is underlined. Language in existing law that remains unchanged appears without underlining.

2. Proposed new codified law is underlined. Proposed new uncodified law appears at the end of a bill and is not underlined. Codified law is the law that already exists in Ohio Revised code. Uncodified law is legislation that will not appear in the Revised Code (uncommon).

3. With few exceptions, letters are not capitalized in codified law unless they are the first letter in a sentence or the first letter of a proper noun (e.g., “Revised Code” and “Ohio”).

4. Language, numbers, and punctuation to be deleted from existing law appear in a bill with a horizontal line through the text.

5. An existing section of law being amended requires repeal of the section as it existed prior to amendment and reenactment of the section with the amending language. Sections being repealed outright and not amended or reenacted are not printed in the bill; rather, a statement that the section is being repealed appears in the title and the repeal clause.

6. Numerical references to money or population are spelled out in codified sections. However, dates (e.g., July 1, 2021) and tables of numbers, such as the classification tables and pay ranges of state employees, are in numerical form.