graphics in a bill?

The National Conference of State Legislatures sent out an information request email yesterday to their bill drafting listserv that said:

“For an information request, I am researching some aspects of bill drafting.  Specifically, I’m trying to determine which states have rules/guidelines regarding inclusion of graphic aids or charts within the actual bill.  Do your legislature‘s bill drafting rules, laws or other regulations prohibit the use or inclusion of graphic aids or charts within the actual bill? If their use is prohibited, could you provide the actual language and it’s location?”

We have no policy for or against this in North Carolina, though I know of no case where this has happened in recent memory. When we rebound old volumes of session law a few years ago, I recalled seeing a map, and went back this morning to search, and voila! Below is the map, scanned from the North Carolina Public Laws of 1921, the actual map was 22×8.5″. Also included is a thumbnail of the first page of Chapter 2 of the 1921 North Carolina Public Laws, and a scan of a page in the act that says “A map showing the proposed roads to constitute the State highway system is hereto attached to this bill and made a part hereof” .

Image of the first page of Chapter 2 of the North Carolina Public Laws of 1921
gerry-3-page1.jpg

The map bound into the North Carolina Public Laws of 1921:
highway-system-map.jpg
The law with material highlighted:
ch2text.jpg

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