Single week requests up 60% for week 10
During the period March 23-March 29, 2007, North Carolina legislative staff received 157 substantive bill requests, up 60% from the 98 received the same week in the 2005 Session. For the week March 16-22, 2007, staff received 240 requests.
36% cumulative increase up slightly from last week
North Carolina legislative staff have received 3,472 substantive bill drafting requests by the end of the tenth week of the 2007 Regular Session today, up over 36% compared with the same point in the 2005 Regular Session. Cumulative increases reported previously were week 8 and 9: 35%; week 7: 37%; week 6: 46%; week 5: 45%, week 4: 40%, week 3: 35%.
CHART OF CHANGES IN REQUEST VOLUME 2005:2007
TWO DEADLINES REMAIN
Two filing deadlines still remain: April 18 for House Public bills and May 9 for House Appropriations and Finance bills. The total number of substantive bill requests for the 2005 long session was 3,241. The current 2007 total of 3,472 substantive requests already exceeds that.
Blank bill requests drop
Blank bill requests are down 82% from 2005, dropping from 488 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.