Abstract: Agenda-setting, the pros tell us, is the critical stage of the legislative process. This symposium issue of The Harvard Journal on Legislation demonstrates that the tensions between work-place demands and family duties have made it onto the legislative agenda. Indeed, Congress and state legislatures around the country are now teeming with proposals on these issues. But in the context of work and family policies, there is more to legislation than getting on the agenda. Difficult questions of information, rhetoric, and conception remain.