Monday, July 17, 2017

Could Someone Explain This?

A reader pointed me to this odd statement in the Oregon Revised Statutes concerning the crime of female genital mutilation:
Note: 163.207 (Female genital mutilation) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 163 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
I can't find any explanation for this.  How can the legislature pass a law with a chapter and section number and have it not be part of that chapter?  This claims to explain, but I still don't understand its effect.

1 comment:

  1. It doesn't mean much. When a criminal statute is enacted in states that have a system of organizing laws into some organized title-section or title-chapter-section scheme, (like the Federal government or states like Oregon) usually the legislative act includes explicit instructions where, editorially, in that scheme the new provision goes. But every so often, they forget to do that. It's still a law.