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    Grammar in a statute

    Suppose we have a statute that reads:

    The commissioner may transfer any sentenced prisoner from one correctional institution of the commonwealth to another, and with the approval of the sheriff of the county from any such institution except a prisoner serving a life sentence to any jail or house of correction, or a sentenced prisoner from any jail or house of correction to any such institution except the state prison, or from any jail or house of correction to any other jail or house of correction.

    Does the phrase "and with the approval of the sheriff of the county" apply to every clause that follows it, or only to "from any such institution except a prisoner serving...."?

    And if "and with the approval" does/does not apply to every clause, what is the rule of grammar that is applicable?

    Or is this statute grammatically ambiguous?

    Thanks!


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    Re: Grammar in a statute

    it refers to all the following clauses

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