This is more of a philosophical question and I think it’s pretty simple.
Why is the legislation in this state (and the rest of the country I suppose) written in the manner it is? I’ve been trying to follow some bills lately (you can probably guess which ones) and between the legalese, structure and the fact that the bills are really a set of instructions on how to update existing laws, it makes it quite difficult for a layman to follow. I’m fairly used to parsing arcane scripts but it seems these bills are a whole different level of absurdity.
Given that ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking the law, the unreadable nature of MGL and the bills intended to modify it seem to border on an issue of civil rights, and I only say that in a half joking manner.
I know there are some movements to move to plain English in contracts. How about plain English for legislation? If not that, how about bills that are published in a fully collapsed form so as to be a little more easy to comprehend?