Bill drafting requests down 12%

March 23, 2009
The total number of substantive bill drafting requests received by North Carolina legislative staff is down by over 12% comparing March 20, 2009 with the same point in the 2007 Regular Session, a reduction from 3105 to 2727. 
Interestingly, the number of bills filed in North Carolina has dropped during bad economic times. During the eight-month long 2001 recession, bill filings dropped by 3% between 1999 and 2001;  there was a sharper 32.3% drop from 1989 to 1991 during that recession; while bill filings dropped 32.3% between 1929 and 1931.
The House public bill and House appropriations bill request deadlines still remain in the weeks ahead, so final numbers for the long session are a few weeks away.
I had noted previously that our paper consumption on an average per bill is down by 36.8% as we implemented in January formatting changes that cut the average length of a bill by 18.5% and are printing 22% less copies of each bill.
The table below shows the statistics in greater detail:
2009 long session drafting        
requests as of March 20 compared      
with same point in 2007 Session 2007 2009    CHANGE
RESEARCH DIVISION 293 332     +13.31%
DRAFTING DIVISION 2895 2428     -16.13%
TOTAL 3188 2760     -13.43%
BLANKS 83 33     -60.24%
SUBSTANTIVE TOTAL 3105 2727     -12.17%