North Carolina Legislative Staff sees same steady 35% increase in bill requests three consecutive weeks
North Carolina legislative staff have received 1,142 substantive bill drafting requests by the end of the third week of the 2007 Regular Session today, up 35.47% compared with the same point in the 2005 Regular Session. This a slight increase in the rate of increase from the 34.85% reported last week and the 35.07% reported two weeks ago. The 2007 increase through three weeks was 41.80% in the Research Division and 34.40% in the Bill Drafting Division.
Blank bill requests drop due to new rules
Blank bill requests are down 91% from 2005, dropping from 227 requests in 2005 to 21 in 2007. Senators are limited to two blank bill filings for the biennium, while the new House temporary rules do not allow blank bills. In 2005 there were no blank bill limits for the long session.