week 12 report: requests up 33% for session; 3% for week

Single week requests up 3% for week 12

During the period April 5-12, 2007, North Carolina legislative staff received 198 substantive bill requests, up 3% from the 192 received the same week in the 2005 Session. For the week March 29-April 5, 2007, staff received 101 requests.

33% cumulative increase is drop from last week

North Carolina legislative staff have received 3,771 substantive bill drafting requests by the end of the 12th week of the 2007 Regular Session today, up over 33% compared with the same point in the 2005 Regular Session.  Cumulative increases reported previously were weeks 10 and 11: 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 355 376 +5.92%
DRAFTING DIVISION 2464 3395 +37.78%
GRAND TOTAL 2819 3771 +33.77%

ONE DEADLINE REMAINS

One request deadline still remains: May 1 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 3,771 substantive requests already exceeds that by over 16%.  

Blank bill requests drop

Blank bill requests are down 82% from 2005, dropping from 490 requests in 2005 to 86 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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