Total 2007 bill filings highest since 1987

Total up 22% from 2005

The 3656 bills and resolutions filed in the North Carolina General Assembly in the 2007 long session 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 and 53% higher than the 2377 recorded in 2003. (The totals in this post are just for the odd-numbered long session years, although the General Assembly rarely met in the even-numbered year before 1974.) 

Older records are before local bill restrictions 

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.

Lowest was during WWII 

The lowest total was 1223 in 1943, during the World War II years of resource shortages.

The Legislative Library’s statistical comparison for 1965-2006, plus statistics I’ve kept for earlier years allows us to look at comparative filing stats for the House for the long session:

2007: 3656

2005: 2985

2003: 2377

2001: 2604

1999: 2667

1997: 2339

1995: 2174

1993: 2798

1991: 2302

1989: 3376

1987: 3723

1985:   2278

1983:  2183

1981:  2223

1979:  2480

1977:  2451

1975:  2379

1973:  2317

1971: 2621

1969: 2343

1967:  2183

1965:  1806

1963:  2114

1961:  1775

1959:  1880

1957:  1986

1955:  2012

1953:  1825

1951:  1860

1949:  1834

1947:  1610

1945:  1445

1943:  1223

1941:  1319

1939:  1696

1937:  1825

1935:  2160

1933:  2469

1931:  2155

1929: 3184

1927: 3362

1925: 3374

1923: 3186

1921: 2947

1919: 3045

1917: 3681

1915: 4104

1913: 5627

1911: 4154

1909: 3950

I’ve also posted historical stats on Senate bill filings and House bill filings.

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