Georgia Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Winter 1980), pp. 239-264


It is appealing, perhaps, to envision the legislative process as the fountainhead of public policy, most representative of society's felt needs, and the branch of government most unrestrained in responding to those needs. Shackled by neither the presence of a specific litigated controversy nor the absence of the power of appropriation, the legislative branch presumably possesses the most peripheral perspective and the most undiluted source of solution. Bounded only by the vague confines of practical politics, the legislature enjoys unique theoretical status in foreseeing and formulating rather than merely reflecting and reacting.

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