[2009 c 549 § 4047; 2000 c 23 § 2; 1975 1st ex.s. c 19 § 2; 1963 c 4 § 36.27.040. Prior: 1959 c 30 § 1; 1943 c 35 § 1; 1903 c 7 § 1; 1891 c 55 § 6; 1886 p 63 § 17; 1883 p 76 § 23; Code 1881 § 2142; 1879 p 95 § 16; Rem. Supp. 1943 § 115.]
I get the idea that they are referencing past versions of the statutes, but legally what do they mean? Does the newest version replace all those other versions or do those other versions still apply? How do I know?
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They are references to the earlier versions of the same law, and the various amendments made to it. The newest version replaces all those earlier versions, but the record of changes is carefully kept to make sure that each part of the law has been properly enacted. They are in chronological order with the most recent change listed first. The format is YEAR, CHAPTER, SECTION. So "2009 c549 sec 4047" is a law passed in 2009, chapter 549, section 4047 of chapter 549. If you want to look up the prior laws, go to the legislature's website (link below).
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