GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In his first two years on Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash and his staff tried to read every piece of legislation that crossed his desk.
They learned a lot, chiefly that federal laws can be nearly impossible to understand.
Earlier this week, Amash, R-Cascade, introduced the Readable Legislation Act, H.R. 760. The bill, one of a few pieces of transparency legislation expected from the conservative Congressman, intends to make bills easier to understand for both the public and members of Congress.
“It gives members of Congress one fewer excuse to not study bills before voting on them,” said Amash’s spokesman, Will Adams, who added it will “allow members of the public to follow what Congress is doing.”
Bills are often riddled with cross-references to other laws, amendments and sections of U.S. code. Laws sometimes change simply because they are referenced in a bill without explanation. Amash’s Readable Legislation Act aims to stop that practice.