Why does Congress make laws that expire?|
|Date:||July 22nd, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)|| |
In this particular case, the sunset was put in the bill specifically in order to get enough support to pass it. So to find out why this law had a sunset, you'd have to examine the few legislators who were willing to vote for it with a sunset but not without. I suspect that you'd find a mix of political pressures and logic, and it might not be a consistent set of reasons from all of them.
I get that impression, thanks.
But when was the "sunset clause" concept introduced? Is it recent or has it been around for a long time? It doesn't seem to be mentioned in Schoolhouse Rock's "I'm just a Bill" and, perhaps more seriously, I don't remember learning about it in history or civics classes.
According to Wikipedia
, the practice dates back to the Roman Senate.