Membership Turnover and the Efficient Processing of Legislation
Legislative Studies Quarterly XXIII:23-32
Is membership turnover related to the ability of a legislature to efficiently process legislation? I examine this question using pooled data on state legislatures from 1989 to 1993. Membership turnover is not related to the number of bills enacted per legislative day, nor to the percentage of bills passed. Instead, legislative efficiency is related to the number of interest groups in a state, the number of bills legislators introduce, and a legislature's level of professionalization. Legislative rules also influence efficiency. The implications of these findings for the debate on term limits is discussed.
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