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Defining the policy objective
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Is the policy objective and purpose of the legislation clearly defined?
The policy objective must be clearly defined and discernible.
The broad underlying objective (the policy it is implementing or the reason for it) should be identified before substantive work starts. This does not mean that every minor policy decision must be settled, but the broad objective must be clear to everyone working on the bill.
Officials may find it helpful to produce an outline of the proposed bill, as this can sometimes assist in identifying issues, especially more detailed ones, that need to be addressed.