week 14 report: requests up 33% for session; down 4% for week

Single week requests down 4% for week 14

During the period April 20-26, 2007, North Carolina legislative staff received 45 substantive bill requests, down 4% from the 47 received the same week in the 2005 Session. For the week April 13-19, 2007, staff received 116 requests. This is the first week of the session that this year’s requests were less than in the same week of the 2005 Session.

33% cumulative increase same from last week; Bill Drafting Division up over 37%

North Carolina legislative staff have received 3,928 substantive bill drafting requests by the end of the 14th week of the 2007 Regular Session today, up over 33% compared with the same point in the 2005 Regular Session (up 37% for the Bill Drafting Division alone). Staffwide cumulative increases reported previously were weeks 12 and 13: 33%, 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 378 405 +7.14%
DRAFTING DIVISION 2570 3523 +37.08%
GRAND TOTAL 2901 3887 +33.24%

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 3,887 substantive requests already exceeds that by over 21%.

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