Bill requests accelerating, up 45%

Increase had been 40% after 4 weeks, 35% after 3 weeks

North Carolina legislative staff have received 1,749 substantive bill drafting requests by the end of the fifth week of the 2007 Regular Session today, up over 45% compared  with the same point in the 2005 Regular Session. At the end of 4 weeks, it had been up 40%, at the end of 3 weeks, the increase had been 35%.

2005     2007          CHANGE
RESEARCH DIVISION 162 204 +25.93%
DRAFTING DIVISION 1041 1545 +48.41%
GRAND TOTAL 1203 1749 +45.39%

Single week requests up 71% for week 5

During the period February 16-23, 2007, staff received 350 substantive bill requests, compared with 204 requests during the comparable period in the 2005 session, a 71% increase. 

 Blank bill requests drop

Blank bill requests are down 83% from 2005, dropping from 342 requests in 2005 to 58 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.

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