46% hike continues steady climb
North Carolina legislative staff have received 2,169 substantive bill drafting requests by the end of the sixth week of the 2007 Regular Session today, up over 46% compared with the same point in the 2005 Regular Session. At the end of 5 weeks, it had been up 45%, after 4 weeks, it had been up 40%, at the end of 3 weeks, the increase had been 35%.
Single week requests up 50% for week 6
During the period February 24-March 1, 2007, staff received 420 substantive bill requests, compared with 280 requests during the comparable period in the 2005 session, a 50% increase.
Blank bill requests drop
Blank bill requests are down 82% from 2005, dropping from 441 requests in 2005 to 80 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.