NC Bill drafting requests still down 31%

May 23, 2010

Total bill drafting requests received by staff for the 2010 short session of the North Carolina General Assembly are down over 31% from the same point after convening of the 2008 short session.  There are two conflicting trends — 1) Requests to the Research Division are up over 14%, probably a reflection of more study committees meeting and recommending substantive legislation, and 2) Requests to the Bill Drafting Division are down over 40%, a reflection of a drop off in special appropriations bill requests.  The 31% drop is almost identical to that reported last week.

    2008 2010   CHANGE
          2008-2010
RESEARCH DIVISION   256 293 +14.45%
         
DRAFTING DIVISION   1196 711 -40.55%
         
GRAND TOTAL   1452 1004 -30.85%

NC Bill Drafting requests down 31%

May 15, 2010

Total bill drafting requests received by staff for the 2010 short session of the North Carolina General Assembly are down over 31% from the same point after convening of the 2008 short session.  There are two conflicting trends — 1) Requests to the Research Division are up over 21%, probably a reflection of more study committees meeting and recommending substantive legislation, and 2) Requests to the Bill Drafting Division are down over 42%, a reflection of a drop off in special appropriations bill requests.    

    2008 2010   CHANGE
          2008-2010
RESEARCH DIVISION   221 268 +21.27%
         
DRAFTING DIVISION   1066 610 -42.78%
         
GRAND TOTAL   1287 878 -31.78%
         

stats on NC long sessions 2001 through 2009

September 16, 2009

Here’s a table comparing the volume of legislation filed and passed during the last five long sessions of the North Carolina General Assembly, covering 2001 through 2009:

  2001 2003 2005 2007 2009
Date Convened Jan. 24 Jan. 26 Jan. 26 Jan. 24 Jan. 28
Date adjourned Dec. 6 July 20 Sept. 2 Aug. 2 Aug. 11
Senate legislative days  173  102  126  111  112
House legislative days  179  102  125  113  114
Senate bills introduced  1,109  1,340  1,184  1,573  1,109
House bills introduced  1,478  1,028  1,800  2,072  1,658
Total bills introduced  2,587  2,368  2,984  3,645  2,767
Session Laws enacted  519  435  463  551  577
Vetoes 0 1 1 1 1
Joint resolutions ratified  36  32  58  68  33
Simple resolutions adopted  10  16  26  7  8
Total measures passed  565  483  547  626  618
% measures passed  21.8%  20.3%  18.3%  17.2%  22.3%

source for most of the data: North Carolina Legislative Library, Legislative Statistics 1965-2009. This post is an update of a similar one post-2007 long session, which covered 1993-2007 .


2009 NC bill filings down 23.6% (or 26.0%) from 2007

May 8, 2009

We’re now past the final deadlines for most bill introductions in the 2009 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly.  Total bill filings dropped by 23.6%, with a 19.4% drop in the House and a 29.2% drop in the Senate. When factoring out companion (identical) bills, there were 26% less total filings.

 Resolutions and a few categories of bills (such as redistricting) can still be filed.

Here are  comparison stats from 2009 and filings at the same point in the 2007 session:

                      HOUSE        SENATE     TOTAL

2009:        1651                   1101         2752

2007:       2049                   1555        3604

CHANGE   -19.4%            -29.2%      -23.6%

A companion bill is the same bill as another filed in the other house (they miught be filed at the same time or later in the session.  In 2007 there were 1137 companions, in 2009 there have been 926.  Factoring these out, here’s how many different bills were filed:

2009         1826

2007          2467

CHANGE: -26.0%

As mentioned previously, the total of bill drafting requests dropped by 16.6%  between 2007 and 2009. the disparity between this number and the total bills filed indicates a sharp uptick in drafting requests that did not result in bills being filed. In 2007 a total of 3,948 drafting requests were made, resulting in 2,467 filings (62.7%), while in 2009 3,627 requests were made with 1,826 bills filed (50.3%).

In 2007, there were 24 House bills and resolutions and 20 Senate bills and resolutions filed after the deadlines.


Bill drafting requests down almost 17%

May 4, 2009
The total number of substantive bill drafting requests received by North Carolina legislative staff is down by almost 17% comparing May 4, 2009 with the same point in the 2007 Regular Session, a reduction from 3948 to 3293.  The dropoff has accelerated since I reported a 12% drop as of March 23, 2009.
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% compared with 1999; 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 final House drafting request deadlines have now passed, just a few requests remain to be processed before this Wednesday’s appropriations bill filing deadline, and resolutions are exempt from the deadline. Senate deadlines were a month ago.
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 May 4 compared      
with same point in 2007 Session 2007 2009 CHANGE  
         
RESEARCH DIVISION 406 421  +3.69%
         
DRAFTING DIVISION 3627 2906  -19.88%  
         
         
TOTAL 4033 3327  -17.51%  
         
BLANKS 85 34  -60.00%  
         
SUBSTANTIVE TOTAL 3948 3293  -16.59%  
         

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%
         

Receding and depressing bill filing historical stats

January 28, 2009

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; during the 1990-1991 recession, there was a sharper 32.3% drop from 1989 to 1991; while at the start of the Great Depression the filings dropped 32.3% between 1929 and 1931. While I was not around here in 1929, the big drop in 1991 was due to almost no special appropriations bills being filed, which there had been a glut of the previous biennium. If history repeats itself, our printing costs should drop.

BILLS FILED
2001 3,320
1999 3,437

1993 4,271
1991 2,990
1989 4,053
1987 4,528

1931 2,155
1929 3,184
1927 3,362

data source:
https://ncbilldrafting.wordpress.com/2008/05/29/bill-filings-in-2007-2008-highest-since-1913/