week 11 report: drafting requests up 36% for session, 10% for week

Single week requests up 10% for week 11

During the period March 30-April 5, 2007, North Carolina legislative staff received 101 substantive bill requests, up 10% from the 91 received the same week in the 2005 Session. For the week March 23-29, 2007, staff received 157 requests.

36% cumulative increase same as last week

North Carolina legislative staff have received 3,573 substantive bill drafting requests by the end of the eleventh 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 10: 36%; 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

2005 2007        CHANGE
RESEARCH DIVISION 332 360 +8.43%
DRAFTING DIVISION 2295 3213 +40.00%
GRAND TOTAL 2627 3573 +36.01%

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 3,573 substantive requests already exceeds that.  

Blank bill requests drop

Blank bill requests are down 83% from 2005, dropping from 489 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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