This page provides recodification information.To determine what titles will be recodified in the future, you may visit this page for upcoming recodifications or review notices, agendas, and "Related Links" on specific interim committee pages.Recodification Tables
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What does codify mean?
To organize into a code or system, such as a body of law. Renumbering and reorganizing sections results in an easier to comprehend, and more user friendly code.
2. What is a recodification?
A recodification is a maintenance function of state laws to provide increased reader clarity, accessability, and usability. A recodification can renumber and reorganize existing sections, correct cross-references affected by the renumbering, and change "articles" to "parts." It can make grammatical, gender neutral, structural,and other technical changes. A recodification does not usually include substantive changes.
3. When are recodifications of our laws needed?
Recodifications are needed when the laws become scattered and outdated. Laws that are clear and accessible are more likely to be understood, obeyed, and enforced. Each year the legislature passes bills that enact, repeal, amend, renumber, and re-enact sections of the Utah Code, and the recodification process allows the compilation of laws to be reset into a more logical, systematic, and updated body.
4. Who is responsible for recodifying the laws?
As the lawmaking branch of state government, the legislature has responsibility for maintenance of the Utah Code, which contains the state's statutes (laws). The decision to recodify titles of the Utah Code is typically made by legislative interim committees that study issues affected by specific titles. The committees initiate recodifications of titles, chapters, or parts within the committee's assigned subject area. Under the committee's direction, committee staff prepares recodification legislation for committee review and approval during the interim. The approved legislation is introduced and passed by the legislature during an annual session. Many recodifications of certain titles are extensive and some are prepared in phases over two to three year periods.
5. How is the Utah Code organized?
The Utah Code is organized numerically by title. Each title is divided into chapters, parts, or sections. The recodification process usually affects chapters, parts, and sections in one title, but it can affect additional titles.
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