Friday, July 22, 2005

Frame Error?

My job took me today to Texas Senate Bill 1458, a bill that does some standardizing of the building code for Texas municipalities. Pretty mundane stuff, on the whole, but I love the effective date language:
SECTION 6. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b) of this section, this Act takes effect January 1, 2006. (b) This section and Section 5 of this Act take effect September 1, 2005.
So the effective date's effective date is September 1. Cool. That means that as of September 1, the various changes to the Local Government Code will be effective January 1. Until September 1, presumably, the rest of the new law has no effective date. Awesome.


  1. the humor in it is that there is an "effective" date. texas municipal building codes have been described as "effective"

  2. No, the real humor is in describing Texas laws and, by extension, the Texas legislature, as "effective."

  3. The humor is in the comments. That such language actually becomes law is sad....