SCOTUS Short Title Turmoil: Time for a Congressional Bill Naming Authority
32(1) Yale Law & Policy Review Inter Alia 25-33 (2013)
9 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2013
Date Written: 2013
This past summer saw the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Windsor, and while the case has generated copious amounts of commentary and scholarship, relatively little attention has been paid to the case’s discussion of bill short titles. Central to the case’s analysis was a dispute over the role of short titles in inferring legislative purpose, and given this dispute, this Remark will argue that it’s time for a Congressional bill naming authority to ensure sensible, descriptive bill names.
Keywords: short titles, bill names, SCOTUS, Windsor, bills, acts, legislation, lawmaking
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