2007-2008 Drafting workload totals

I’ve finally had a chance to total up all the bill requests received by North Carolina legislative staff for 2007-2008 and compare the totals to those for 2005-2006, 2003-2004, and 2001-2002. I’ve tracked the number of blank bill requests and excluded them from the totals. Staff workload is up 6% from 2005, up 61% from 2003, and up 67% from 2001.
Blank bills dropped dramatically after a six year rise, House rules in 2007 banned them and Senate rules limited them to two per member:
2001    491
2003    559
2005    563
2007     86
 
Total drafting requests for each biennial session:
 

  2007 2005 2003 2001  
           
Bill Drafting Div. 4986 4687 2920 3103  
Research Division 707 680 613 298  
Total Draft Requests 5693 5367 3533 3401  
 

 

 

 

Increase/Decrease
% Change        
  2005 to 2007     2003 to 2007 2001 to 2007  
Bill Drafting Div. +6.4% +70.8% +60.7%  
Research Division +4.0% +15.3% +137.2%  
Total +6.1% +61.1% +67.4%

 

archive of workload posts is here.

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3 Responses to 2007-2008 Drafting workload totals

  1. CD says:

    What percentage of bills drafted have any action taken on them?

  2. gercohen says:

    CD: on your question about action on bills that are drafted, we think about 90-95% of bills that are drafted are filed.
    As to those that are filed, the document linked below shows how many bills were filed and how many were enaxted for each session back to 1965
    http://www.ncleg.net/library/Documents/LegStats1965-2008.pdf

  3. Kris says:

    Is there a limit to the number of bills a legislator can introduce?

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