Stepping on Congress

  title={Stepping on Congress},
  author={F. Maltzman and Alyx Mark and Charles R. Shipan and Michael A. Zilis},
  journal={Journal of Law and Courts},
  pages={219 - 240}
Legislative enactment is only one step in the life of a law. How a law shapes public life after enactment is frequently the result of whether the judiciary interprets the provisions contained in a law and how courts reconcile provisions within and across laws. But the factors that determine whether the judiciary ends up playing such a role are not well understood. We investigate why the courts, through statutory interpretation, address some major laws but not others and why some laws are… Expand
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