Demographic notes on bills - process for requesting - content of notes - appropriation. Beginning with the 2020 legislative session, the staff of the legislative council are required to prepare demographic notes on legislative bills in each regular session of the general assembly. The speaker of the house of representatives, the minority leader of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, and the minority leader of the senate are authorized to request 5 demographic notes each, or more at the discretion of the director of research of the legislative council.
When a member of leadership requests a demographic note, the staff of the legislative council must meet with the requesting member and the sponsor of the bill to discuss whether a demographic note can practically be completed for that bill. If not, the member of leadership may request a demographic note on a different bill, within the limits specified in the act.
A demographic note is defined as a note that uses available data to outline the potential effects of a legislative measure on disparities within the state. Disparities means the difference in economic, employment, health, education, or public safety outcomes between the state population as a whole and subgroups of the population defined by relevant characteristics for which data are available, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and geography.
The director of research of the legislative council must develop the procedures for requesting, completing, and updating the demographic notes and memorialize the procedures in a letter to the executive committee of the legislative council. The director may seek and expend gifts, grants, or donations to pay for training for staff.
$89,474 is appropriated to the legislative department for use by the legislative council staff for the implementation of the act.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)