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July 21st, 2012
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Why does Congress make laws that expire?

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From:mabfan
Date:July 23rd, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
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I can't speak for Congress, and I see others have made this point, but a few years ago Brookline Town Meeting passed a bylaw with a sunset clause because the town wanted to see what the actual effect of the bylaw would be before voting to make it permanent.
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From:netmouse
Date:July 23rd, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)
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So when they passed it, did they also indicate/put in place a process for evaluating the success of the bylaw, and identify metrics to reflect the intentions of said bylaw?
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From:mabfan
Date:July 23rd, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
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It wasn't in the bylaw itself, but it was part of the process. When the article was filed to amend the bylaw to make it permanent two years later, people presented data on what had happened and posed their arguments in favor of renewal and in favor of expiration.
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