Sunset Legislation: Spotlighting Bureaucracy

This note suggests that sunset legislation is an appropriate response to these concerns. Section I describes the deficiencies of current methods by which the legislature reviews activities of the executive branch. Section II examines the provisions of sunset legislation, emphasizing the role of evaluation criteria, and suggests that elaborate quantitative techniques are not crucial for adequate evaluation. Evaluation criteria currently incorporated in various sunset statutes can best be classified according to those which apply to entity functioning and those which evaluate an entity’s purpose. These criteria are treated in sections III and IV respectively.