Legislative Workload Congestion in Texas Academic Article uri icon


  • There is considerable evidence that the processing of work in American state legislatures is characterized by bottlenecks, congestion, and logjams. Yet past research has examined only part of the legislative workload and part of the legislative calendar. Measurement and evaluation of legislative workload is complicated by the complexity of legislation and the legislative process. However, comprehensive analyses show that, although some important activities are quite congested in parts of the session, consideration of the entire workload shows it to be quite evenly distributed over the entire session. These findings call into question the assumptions of some simplistic normative models of legislative behavior. © 1987, Southern Political Science Association. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Tucker, H. J.

citation count

  • 2

publication date

  • May 1987