2007 Session: workload stats

UPDATED 9/12/2007 

Workload in the 2007 long  and extra sessions of the North Carolina General Assembly was up across the board.  I’ve compared several categories versus the 2005 long session, and thrown in some older stats, along with links to find more detailed information.

  1. Total Session law enactments are up 19%.
  2. Total bill filings are up 22%, with House bill introductions up 15% and Senate bill introductions up 33%.
  3. Total bill drafting requests from members to staff were up 29%.


Enactments:

The 552 laws enacted this year to date is a 19% increase from the 463 enacted in the 2005 long session. The one law from the extra session is here and a list of the 551 laws from the regular session can be found here. 

A total of 70 joint resolutions were ratified. A list of the 69 ratified joint resolutions from the regular and reconvened session is here. The ratified joint resolution from the 2007 Extra Session is here.

Total Bills:

The 3656 bills and resolutions filed in the North Carolina General Assembly in the 2007 long and extra sessions is the highest in the last 20 years, the greatest number since 3723 were filed in 1987.   The 2007 total is 22% higher than the 2005 total of 2985.  The record for the last 100 years was 5627 in 1913, but the totals for 1909 through 1917 all exceed the 1987 and 2007 numbers.  Most likely explanation for the high numbers of a century ago? Voters in 1918 approved a constitutional amendment banning 14 categories of local bills.

House Bills:

The 2078 bills and resolutions filed in the North Carolina House of Representatives in the 2007 long session is the highest in the last 20 years, highest since 2166 were filed in 1987.  The record for the last 100 years was 2967 in 1913.  The 2007 total is 15% higher than the 2005 total of 1801.

Senate Bills:

The 1578 bills and resolutions filed in the North Carolina Senate in the 2007 long session is the highest in the last 80 years, the most since 1629 were filed in 1927.

Drafting requests:

North Carolina legislative staff received 4,138 substantive bill drafting requests by the end of the 2007 Long Session of the General Assembly, up over 29% compared with the end of the 2005 Long Session.

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