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12 William Mitchell Law Review 223 (1986)


Due to the expanding role of agencies within the Executive branch at both the state and federal level, legislatures are struggling to fulfill their obligation to hold agencies accountable and to modify legislative mandates when necessary. In order for the legislature to fulfill this obligation, it must have the capability to exercise policy formation and oversight goals. This Article will first examine the need for legislative oversight and the legislative oversight mechanism in Minnesota. Next, the Article discusses the legislative controls currently being used at the federal and state level. Executive control mechanisms and their possible use by a legislature will then be examined. Finally, several recommendations are offered as a means of achieving the objectives of the legislature.


This article is co-authored by Neil W. Hamilton