Corrections are often a problem, which we'll get into later in detail. Newspapers print corrections, which sometimes make sense and sometimes require readers to research the error to figure out what is being made right. Legislatures somtimes enact bills that need future correction. But their corrections tend to the inscrutable.
For instance, Act 5-244 enacted at the final session of the 1983-84 D.C. City Council, devotes 49 lines in its preamble to describe its purpose as: " . . . to correct . . . to amend . . . to change . . . to clarify . . . to add . . . to make grammatical corrections . . . . to clarify . . . and for other purposes."
In other words, it might be called the Omnibus Corrections Act of 1984, the result of searches by a fine-tooth comb of errors in bills that the council had enacted in the prior two-year session. Are you ready for some of the corrections?
* "D.C. Code, sec. 16-4516 is amended . . . by striking the word 'date' and inserting the word 'state' . . . "
* " . . . [A section] of the First Source Employment Agreement Act . . . is amended by striking the word 'employed' and inserting the word 'unemployed' " -- not a minor difference.
* " . . . .[A section of] the Minority Contracting Act of 1976 . . . is amended by striking the word 'precedence' and inserting the word 'preference' . . . "
But the most fascinating change of all relates to changes in the Compulsory No Fault Motor Vehicle Insurance Act of 1982, which makes amendments to -- hold onto your hats -- "Section 4(d)(2)(A)(iii) (D.C. Code, sec. 35-2103(d)(2)(A)(iii)." If you wanna know what it means, hire a lawyer, not a columnist. We'll tip you to one change: it substitutes the word "of" for the word "or."