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    Resolution writing

    I'm sure I'm not the only one who must write resolutions for adoption by various boards under your purview. Writing in this kind of stilted legalese has always felt unnatural and it's definitely a specialized skill that I've had to develop on the job. If you write resolutions as part of your work, how did you improve at it, and do you have any advice to impart as far as writing resolutions that make a modicum of sense when viewed by the layperson? Granted, these are specialized documents intended for a specific audience, but if a member of the public submits a FOIL request to see a resolution that I've written for X project, I'd like that resolution to be as readable as possible to avoid any confusion. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally posted by MacheteJames View post
    .... but if a member of the public submits a FOIL request to see a resolution that I've written for X project, I'd like that resolution to be as readable as possible to avoid any confusion. Thoughts?
    All I can say is, good luck. Most municipal lawyers I've worked with don't really like the KISS principle.

    When in doubt, add a couple more WHEREFOREs and BE IT FUTHER RESOLVEDs.
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    I write them all the time and I keep it simple (which I guess is not liked?) Of the 50 or so I've written in the past 3 years most have just been copied from older ones with a few names, dates, and other information changed. It's like a publishing a public notice... the format is the name and only a bit of info is changed.

    Is there a specific difficulty you have with these or has your lawyer been on your case about them?
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    Nope, no specific difficulty, I'm just trying to make them less cryptic because I hate the way a lot of municipal resolutions tend to be written. Any resolutions that I write get vetted by the department director before the staff lawyer ever sees them, but the fewer redlines the resolutions get from my boss, the better as far as I'm concerned.

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