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Report: This year's Legislature drafted fewer bills, but more of them became law...

The annual Sine Die Report, or Key Actions Summary, of this year’s legislative session is out now from the Legislative Services Office and posted on the Legislature’s website here. Among the interesting things it points out about the 2013 session: Fewer bills were drafted this year than any year in the past 40 years, at 777, “but curiously, the number of these RS’s that became law was the highest percentage ever recorded at close to 50 percent. Normally only about one-third of RS’s make it through the committee and floor gantlet to become law.” The stats, the report says, “seem to suggest that the legislature had a focused and limited agenda by design, and bill proposals were better thought-out to begin with and well designed to address the issue at hand.”

The report also notes that this year’s Legislature had a record number of new members, with 41 of the 105 legislators newly elected to either the House or the Senate.




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