by Karl Kurtz
Gerry Cohen reports in his blog, NC Bill Drafting, that a new online system for legislators to sign on as cosponsors on bills was a great success in the North Carolina House of Representatives. The system was used over 4,000 times to record cosponsors. Gerry and House clerk Denise Weeks admit that they're not the first state to do this and that they borrowed some ideas from Florida as they developed their own system.
We were also pleased to note in another posting in Gerry's blog that well-known former NCSL staff chair John Turcotte, who previously headed up legislative program evaluation shops in Mississippi and Florida, has recently been named to direct a new Legislative Program Evaluation Division in North Carolina.