Bill requests stay the same for week 7, session total up 37%

Single week requests stay steady for week 7

During the period March 2-March 8, 2007, North Carolina legislative staff received 367 substantive bill requests, exactly the same number as the same week in the 2005 Session.

37% cumulative increase shows curve flattening

North Carolina legislative staff have received 2,535 substantive bill drafting requests by the end of the seventh week of the 2007 Regular Session today, up over 37% compared with the same point in the 2005 Regular Session. At the end of 6 weeks, it had been up 46%,  after 5 weeks up 45%, after 4 weeks, up 40%, at the end of 3 weeks, up 35%.

2005 2007       CHANGE
RESEARCH DIVISION 228 241 +5.70%
DRAFTING DIVISION 1622 2294 +41.43%
GRAND TOTAL 1850 2535 +37.03%

Blank bill requests drop

Blank bill requests are down 82% from 2005, dropping from 460 requests in 2005 to 83 in 2007. Senators are limited to two blank bill filings for the biennium, while the new House permanent rules do not allow blank bills. In 2005 there were no blank bill limits for the long session.

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