The mission of the Legal Division, in general terms, is to provide the best possible bill drafting and legal service to the Alabama Legislature, the Governor, and other state officers.


The Legal Division was created in 2017 as the successor entity to the Legislative Reference Service. The Legislative Reference Service was created in 1945 by Acts 1945, No. 152, p. 190.


The primary duties of the division include:

  • Responding to questions concerning the organization and administration of state government or the operation of constitutional or statutory law.
  • Rendering assistance in the drafting of bills and amendments to bills.
  • Making studies and reports on problems of state and local government in Alabama, either upon request or on one’s own initiative.
  • Conducting a continuous analysis of the scope, effect, and methods of federal, state, and local government operations in Alabama and making recommendations to the Legislative Council as appropriate.
  • Preparing, when directed by the Legislature, a compilation or code of the statutes of Alabama.
  • Acting as Code Commissioner in determining the content of the Code of Alabama 1975 and any supplements thereto and preparing an annual codification bill to adopt changes to the code enacted at prior sessions of the Legislature.
  • Entering into a printing contract on behalf of the State of Alabama, when approved and directed by the Legislative Council, to publish the official code of the statutes of Alabama.
  • Publishing the Alabama Administrative Monthly and the Alabama Administrative Code.