2013 Legislature by the numbers

2013-04-25T17:24:00Z 2013-04-25T21:12:04Z 2013 Legislature by the numbersGazette State Bureau The Billings Gazette
April 25, 2013 5:24 pm  • 

HELENA – Here’s a final look at the 2013 Legislature, by the numbers:

Bill drafts requested: 2,218.

Bills introduced: 1,201.

Bills killed: 625.

Resolutions adopted: 62.

Bills signed into law so far by Gov. Steve Bullock: 289.

Bills vetoed outright so far by Bullock: 23.

Amendatory vetoes so far by Bullock: 17.

Bills that Bullock let become law without his signature: 14.

Projected general fund ending balance as of June 30, 2015: $182 million.

Projected general fund structural deficit as of June 30, 2015: $20.9 million.

All-funds budget in House Bill 2, the major budget bill, for fiscal 2014 and 2015: $9.36 billion.*

HB2 all-funds budget for previous two-year period adopted by 2011 Legislature: $8.94 billion.

Increase in HB2 all-funds budget for fiscal 2014 and 2015 compared with previous two-year all-funds budget: $420 million, or 4.7 percent more.

HB2 general fund budget for fiscal 2014 and 2015: $3.52 billion.

HB2 general fund budget for the previous two years adopted by 2011 Legislature: $3.24 billion.

Increase in HB2 general fund budget for fiscal 2014 and 2015 compared with previous two-year general fund budget: $280 million, or 8.6 percent more.

Days legislators met out of maximum 90 days allowed: 87

Estimated cost of session from December 2012 through April 2013 for House, Senate and Legislative Services Division: $5.4 million.

Number of impressions (or number of sides of paper printed): 3.9 million.

Price of paper to bring legislative bills and reports: $180,000.

* — This number includes the language to add authority for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps, so it is higher than the line in the bill summarizing HB2.

Sources: Legislative Services Division and Legislative Fiscal Division

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