Yer Outta Here!

  

 

 

 

 

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Outmoded and Substandard

Laws for Repeal!

 

 

 

 

We can begin weeding-out bad laws by using the form below to evaluate the quality of existing laws (statutes) in your state.  Your findings will help repeal non-productive and harmful laws and bring attention to the need for a formal Quality Assurance (QA) program for the laws of your government.

 

The information you input will be tabulated, anonymously, on this Quality of Laws website and forwarded to your state legislature.  

 

To search through the laws of your State Government, click here. 

 

Quality Assurance Submissions

State (*)  
Enter the Law’s identification or designation number (*)
[Example: For a state in the United States, go to the web site of the legislature of the state government to obtain the identification number and other information regarding the law (statute).]
 
Enter the name of the legislative sponsor(s) 

Each law must satisfy elementary quality assurance standards. If a law is deficient in one or more of the quality assurance criteria, it will be referred to the legislature for repeal or quality improvement. Please select the question’s checkbox for each true statement.

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Footnotes:

1. Every law must have a title. The title should reflect the law’s subject matter; it is useful for those who catalog, enforce, interpret, and comply with the law.

2. Every law must have a legislative sponsor. Legislators, as representatives of people, are obligated to serve the best interests of the people. The sponsorship of a law by a legislator thus implies that the law has a public-benefit purpose. If a law does not have a legislative sponsor, there can be no assurance that it has a public-benefit purpose.

3. Every law must have a stated purpose. The intent of a law that has no stated purpose may be arbitrarily interpreted by the people who are required to enforce and comply with the law. The result of arbitrary interpretation is that the outcome of the law may be entirely different from the original public-benefit intent of the legislature. Also, it is impossible to determine the effectiveness of a law that has no stated purpose.

4. The name of the law designer must be stated so that the designer’s qualifications are known to the public. Also, the contact information of designers is needed so that they can receive feedback information from quality assurance programs of laws and design methodologies.

5. In a democracy, the identity of a law designer should be made known to the public. To expose potential conflicts of interest, the employer of the law designer must also be stated.

6. A problem cannot be solved if it has not been defined. Laws that do not address defined problems are of no value to the public.

7. Laws that address more than one problem are unmanageable. Problems should be dealt with separately such that each problem has a clear purpose, proposed solution and identified metrics to evaluate the solution’s effectiveness.

8. Laws that are not enforced are of no value to the public.

9. In a democracy, the purpose of every law is to provide a net benefit to the people as a whole. To confirm that the law performs as expected, the law must state its measurable performance goals (milestones) and the methods and means for making those measurements.

10. Laws must contain a citation of references regarding the size and nature of the problem being addressed, the purpose of the law, the justification for the sanction, the results of cost-benefit-risk analyses, measurable goals and metrics, and design methodologies. If a law does not contain a citation of references, it must be assumed that it was created without the benefit of knowledge.

11. Extraneous provisions (e.g., “earmarks” and “pork barrel” measures) in a law obfuscate the problem-solving purpose of the law, attempt to solve multiple problems within a single law and significantly impede the ability of observers to measure the law’s effectiveness. .

12. Laws must be simply stated and have a clear meaning to minimize the risk of misinterpretation. If a law is overly vague and complex, it may be misinterpreted in ways that are harmful to the public.