The Office of Legislative Legal Services prepares the bills, resolutions, and memorials introduced in the General Assembly. Under Joint Rule 21 (d) of the Senate and House of Representatives, no bill may be introduced in either house unless first approved as to form by the Office of Legislative Legal Services. In addition, most amendments and all conference committee reports are prepared by the Office of Legislative Legal Services.
A bill draft request may be made only by a member of the General Assembly or the Governor. Prior to introduction, all requests received by the Office are held in confidence and not discussed or released without the prior permission or instruction of the individual making the request.
Each bill is drafted by a staff attorney (or legislative editor in some cases) and is reviewed by other staff members for format, grammar, and legality before introduction.