Mockingbirds hold NC General Assembly hostage

email just in:

“All Staff:

There are two very aggressive mockingbirds that have a nest in a tree on the east side of the Legislative building. They are responsible for numerous attacks on humans in the last several days. The police department has taped off a buffer zone around the nest area. Please do not enter this taped off area. If you do you are subject to being vigorously assaulted by these two protective parents. Use caution.

General Assembly Police Department.”

 

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2 Responses to Mockingbirds hold NC General Assembly hostage

  1. Paulatics says:

    Gerry,
    This has nothing to do with mockingbirds, but I have a question for you. Do you know the ratio of bills that get enacted against the number of bills introduced in a typical session?

  2. gercohen says:

    Paula, you can find the answer at
    http://www.ncleg.net/LegLibrary/LegStats1965-2007.pdf
    an excellent resource from our legislative library
    2007 – 17%
    2005 & 2006 – 16%
    2003 & 2004 – 21%
    data goes back to 1965, when 72% of the intros became law.
    Two historical factors have influenced the drop:
    1) reduction in local bills as a percentage of the total, most introduced local bills get enacted
    2) increase in appropriations bill, almost all of which are not enacted on their own but either become part of the main budget or die on the vine.

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