Week 8 report: requests up 35% for session, 26% for last week

Single week requests up 26% for week 8

During the period March 9-March 15, 2007, North Carolina legislative staff received 540 substantive bill requests, up 26% from the 426 received the same week in the 2005 Session. For the week March 2-8, 2007, staff received 367 requests.

35% cumulative increase shows curve flattening

North Carolina legislative staff have received 3,075 substantive bill drafting requests by the end of the eighth week of the 2007 Regular Session today, up over 35% compared with the same point in the 2005 Regular Session. At the end of 7 weeks, it had been up 37%, after 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 260 280 +7.69%
DRAFTING DIVISION 2016 2795 +38.64%
GRAND TOTAL 2276 3075 +35.11%

Blank bill requests drop

Blank bill requests are down 82% from 2005, dropping from 469 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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