Life and Death of Legislation in the 110th Congress

Fascinating new study by the folks at the Sunlight Foundation has just been released.

The Life and Death of Congressional Bills in the 110th Congress:A window into what happens to bills in congress,” seems to be a must-read for anyone who teaches legal research.

So, for the 110th congress, did you know:

  • there were 11059 bills introduced
  • of those, 3724 were introduced in the Senate and 7335 were introduced in the House
  • 442 bills became law — 4% of the bill introduced
  • and, most bills died in the committee of the chamber where it was introduced

And, they have all sorts of graphs and charts for you to get a real visual insight into the life cycle of legislation.

[hat tip to Ellen Miller]

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About Erika Wayne

Erika V. Wayne is deputy library director and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School. Along with George Wilson, Kate Wilko and Paul Lomio, Erika Wayne has co-taught Advanced Legal Research for 3 years. Erika's interest in Open Access dates back to the 1996 when she helped in the development of the Securities Class Action Clearinghouse -- the first court designated internet site for public posting of securities litigation filings. And, she hates to pay for *anything* that should be free. She has a law degree from Penn and a library degree from Illinois.

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