NC Bill filings in 2007-2008 highest since 1913

With filings today, the 4,962 total bills and 2,164 Senate bills filed in 2007-2008 are the highest since the 1913 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly saw 5,627 and 2,660 respectively. The House total of 2,798 bills filed in 2007-2008 was exceeded in the past century only by 2,967 in 1913 and 2,895 in 2005. 

The 2007-2008 totals include a total of 10 House bills and four Senate bills for the two extra sessions.

The high totals in the 1911 session promoted then Governor W.W. Kitchin to send a special message to the General Assembly, stating that “Special legislation is the greatest scourge of government.” The 1913 session, while considering the record 5,627 bills, passed a constitutional amendment to greatly restrict local and special legislation. That amendment was rejected by the voters, but a revised version was passed again in 1915 and approved by the voters in 1916, which banned 26 categories of bills. Bill filings gradually trailed off through 1943, when they began to climb again.  The lowest total bills in the past century occurred in 1943 when 1,223 bills were filed.

Totals for each biennial session appear below (regular sessions have been held each year since 1973). The totals include special sessions.

BILL FILINGS FOR THE PAST 100 YEARS:

Session

House

Senate

Total

2007**

2,798

2,164

4,962

2005

2,895

2,066

4,961

2003**

1,826

1,455

3,281

2001*

1,831

1,489

3,320

1999**

1,873

1,564

3,437

1997*

1,770

1,608

3,378

1995**

1,542

1,547

3,089

1993*

2,366

1,905

4,271

1991*

1,705

1,285

2,990

1989**

2,415

1,638

4,053

1987

2,659

1,869

4,528

1985*

2,151

1,312

3,463

1983*

1,813

905

2,718

1981**

1,690

877

2,567

1979

1,775

1,107

2,882

1977

1,696

1,030

2,726

1975

1,341

970

2,311

1973

2,193

1,508

3,701

1971***

1,610

1,011

2,621

1969

1,437

  910

2,347

1967

1,433

  750

2,183

1965**

1,206

  626

1,832

1963*

1,405

  709

2,114

1961

1,263

  512

1,775

1959

1,363

  517

1,880

1957

1,452

  534

1,986

1955*

1,422

  607

2,029

1953

1,336

  489

1,825

1951

1,237

  623

1,860

1949

1,343

  491

1,834

1947

1,129

  481

1,610

1945

1,000

  445

1,445

1943

  858

  365

1,223

1941

  966

  353

1,319

1939*

1,187

  509

1,696

1937****

1,326

  512

1,838

1935

1,511

  649

2,160

1933

1,711

  758

2,469

1931

1,495

  660

2,155

1929

1,697

1,487

3,184

1927

1,742

1,620

3,362

1925

1,808

1,566

3,374

1923*

2,224

2,043

4,267

1921

1,565

1,382

2,947

1919*

2,143

2,044

4,187

1917

1,943

1,738

3,681

1915

2,150

1,954

4,104

1913*

2,967

2,660

5,627

1911

2,195

1,959

4,154

1909

2,075

1,875

3,950

 

*one extra session in biennium

** two extra sessions in biennium

*** 1971 regular session reconvened in October after July recess

**** two extra sessions in biennium, one just after election in 1936 under old constitutional provision that terms of members started upon election

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