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State Legislature Productivity Far Outpaces the U.S. Congress
Posted July 25, 2016 by CUNA Advocacy

Recently the legislative tracking service, Quorum, published an article highlighting the productivity of state legislatures compared to their federal counterparts. According to Quorum, state legislatures introduce 23 times the number of bills than the U.S. Congress does, totaling an average 128,145 bills per year and 3.1 million words per day while in session. Despite the fact that legislatures in four states did not convene this year (Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, and Texas), state legislatures introduced 63,018 bills during the first half of 2016.  We have reviewed over 2,000 of this year’s introduced bills for credit union impact.

Quorum further finds that state bills are far more likely to be enacted than federal bills with 19.3% of state Senate bills and 13.3% of state House bills are enacted on average, while only 3.6% and 1.9% of US Senate and House bills respectively are enacted. The highest percentage of bills were enacted in Arkansas, where 94% of the introduced bills became law. So far this session, approximately 29% of the introduced bills with some credit union impact have been enacted.