Drafting requests, found some really old stats

I’ve posted this session about staff workload, but I just found a memo I wrote to Legislative Services Officer George Hall on September 18, 1985 on the same subject. That memo covered the 1983 and 1985 long sessions, and I had made handwritten notes on the side about workload for the 1989 long session.  Here are the comparable number of bill drafting requests:

1983      1,852

1985      1,832

1989      3,282

2001      2,594        (2,993*)

2003      2,341        (2,865*)

2005      3,241        (3,733*)

2007      4,044**    (4,129*)

* includes blank bills, totals prior to 2001 do not distinguish between blank and substantive bill requests

** to date

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2 Responses to Drafting requests, found some really old stats

  1. Anglico says:

    What increases in staffing have accompanied these trends?

  2. gercohen says:

    thanks for the question Anglico.
    I have 14 drafting positions this session, same as 2005. There were 13 in 2003 and 2001. Jumping way back, we started with 5 when the Bill Drafting Division was established in 1977. In 1983 and 1985 we probably had 9 positions.
    -Gerry

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