Estimating the cost of new public health legislation
Nick Wilson, Nhung Nghiem, Rachel Foster, Linda Cobiac & Tony Blakely
Volume 90, Number 7, July 2012, 532-539
Table 5. Cost of a government bill in the United States,a 2008–2009
|Cost breakdown||Cost (US$)|
|Judicial and legal component of administration costsa,b||20 442 and 128 000|
|Bills enactedc during regular legislative sessions in 2008–2009,
|Bills enactedc during special legislative sessions in 2008–2009,
|Total bills enacted in 2008–2009, no.||20 869|
|Average number of bills enacted per state in 2008–2009, no.||417|
|Cost per bill, US$||979 545|
US$, United States dollars.
a Costs were derived using the most recent data from 50 state governments in the United States, which were for the fiscal period 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009.21
b Neither the cost of maintaining state government buildings nor the cost of the financial administration of the state government were taken into account.
c A large proportion of state government bills are introduced but not enacted (e.g. 82% in 2009).20