contemporaneous construction

contemporaneous construction
A doctrine which holds that when an administrative body over a long period of time has placed an interpretation upon an ambiguous law, the interpretation of such body is entitled to great weight in the determination of the meaning of the law. Bunch v. Town of St. Francisville, La.App. 1 Cir., 446 So.2d 1357, 1361

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