Legislative service agency comparison chart

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Chart of legislative service agencies

State Governed by Appointment Process No. of Employees Budget Functions State Budget Frequency No. of Fiscal Analysis done annually
Arizona-Reference 12 Elected Members of Arizona Legislature. Elected members selected by legislative leadership. Director alternates between Senate President and House Speaker 5 $4.586 million Legislative Research, Reference, Legal, and Computer Services Annual N/A
Arizona-Fiscal 16 Elected Members of Arizona Legislature and a full-time director. Elected members selected by legislative leadership. Director selected by all 16 elected members, 20 $2.548 million Strictly Fiscal and Budget Policy Annual 67
California California Legislature Joint Legislative Budget Committee Joint Legislative Budget Committee selects Executive Director. 56 $3.769 million Legislative Research, Fiscal Research, State Budget, Ballot Propositions Biennial 860
Colorado Director of Research who leads the council. Appointed by a 18 person legislative committee. 47 $6.3 million Legislative Reference, Research, Legal Services, Fiscal Policy Annual Less than 1,000
Connecticut-Fiscal Led by an Executive Director 7 $13.9 million for all legislative service agencies Strictly fiscal research. Biennial 725 to 850-all bills
Connecticut-Research Two legislative commissioners, one Republican, one Democrat. Commissioners select a Director to oversee day to day operations. 43 $13.9 million for all legislative service agencies Bill Drafting, Legal Research, Legislative Publications Biennial N/A
Delaware Full-time director oversees other staff members, 17 $1.762 million Legislative Research, Reference, Legal, and Library Services Annual
Florida Full-time director oversees other staff members, 17 Legislative Research, Reference, Fiscal Impact, and Economic Research Annual
Hawaii Director who oversees day to day operations. Both houses of Legislature approve Director to a six year term. Operates as part of a total $30.5 million legislative budget. General Research, Legislative Publications, Bill Drafting Biennial N/A-*
Idaho Director of Legislative Services oversees day to day operations. $5.809 Million General and Fiscal Research, Legislative Publications, Information Technology Annual
Illinois-Fiscal Twelve member board consisting of elected officials in Illinois General Assembly 14 $6.932 million Fiscal research, economic research, monitoring of the Illinois pension systems Annual
Illinois-Research 12 person board consisting of six members of Illinois House and Senate 18 $2.931 million Legislative Reference, Research, State Board Tracking, Federal Funding Tracking Annual
Indiana Led by Executive Director who oversees day to day operations 78 $10.388 million Legislative and fiscal research, legislativer publications Biennial
Iowa Executive Director who leads four divisional directors 65 $12.96 million Legislative Reference, Research, Legal Services, Fiscal Policy, Computer Services Annual
Kansas Executive Director who oversees the day to day operations of the agency. 56 $3.42 million Legislative, Fiscal, Legal Research, Library Services, Technology Support Annual
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission 16 member committee consisting of elected officials in both houses of the General Assembly. Committee selects Executive Director 16 Budget comes from Kentucky State Salary Compensation fund which is at $43.9 million overall for FY 2011. Bill Drafting, State Budget oversight, library services, publications Annual
Louisiana-House Executive Director who oversees the day to day operations of the agency. 91 Operates as part of a $28.8 million budget for the House of Representatives. Bill Drafting, Fiscal Research, Committee Staffing, General Research Biennial
Louisiana-Senate Administrator who oversees the day to day operations of the agency 37 Operates as part of a $19.3 million budget for the House of Representatives. Economic, Legal, and Fiscal Research Biennial
Maryland Executive Director who oversees the day to day operations. 352 $43.9 million General, Legal, and Fiscal Research, Technology Support Annual
Michigan Michigan Legislative Council Members of Legislative Council select director $12.136 million Legislative Reference, Research, Technology, and Legal Services Annual
Missouri Two 20 person committees for both Research and Oversight Divisions consisting of members of the Missouri General Assembly 39 Operates as part of a total $33.5 million budget for the General Assembly. General Research, Fiscal Research, Library Services\ Annual Over 3,000
Nebraska Legislative Council $1.309 million General Research, Fiscal Auditing, Library Services Biennial 914
Nevada Nevada Legislative Commission Legislative Commission selects Executive Director. Executive Director hires staffers. General, Legal, and Fiscal Research Biennial
New Jersey Executive Director and Divisional Directors under the supervision of the Legislative Services Commission. Legislative Services Commission appoints the Executive and Divisional Directors. 342 $28.958 million, Proposed for 2010-2011[1] Legislative Reference, Research, Legal Services, Fiscal Policy, Computer Services Biennial
North Carolina-Fiscal Executive Director who oversees day to day operations 38 $4.754 million. Strictly Fiscal Research Biennial
North Carolina-Research Executive Director who oversees day to day operations 48 $5.09 million General Research, Legal Services, Information Technology Biennial Over 700 Drafting Requests
North Dakota Legislative Management 31 $10.5 million Fiscal Research, General Research, Legal Services, Information Technology Biennial
Ohio Governed by a 14 person commission 150 $21 million Fiscal Research, General Research, Legal Services Statute Revision Annual
Pennsylvania $7.418 million General Research, Legal Services Statute Revision Annual N/A-+
Rhode Island $4.254 million General Research, Bill Drafting, Legal Services Annual N/A
South Carolina Group of elected officials including President of the Senate, House Speaker, House and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairpersons, and Secretary of State The group of elected officials selects a code commissioner 46 $2.713 million General Research, Legal Services, Code Revision\ Biennial N/A
South Dakota Executive Director who oversees day to day operations 31 [http://www.state.sd.us/bfm/budget/rec11/Legislature.pdf $4.795 million Legislative Research, Fiscal Research, Code Revision Annual
Tennessee Committee of elected officials chaired by both House Speaker and Senate President Committee selects divisional directors 55 Operates as part of a total $36.6 million budget for the Tennessee General Assembly. General Research, Legal Research, Technology Support, Fiscal Review\ Biennial
Wisconsin-Reference Joint Legislative Organization Committee 39 $25.6 million Legislative Reference, Research, and Legal Services Biennial N/A
Wisconsin-Fiscal Joint Legislative Organization Committee 29 $25.6 million Strictly dedicated to fiscal and budget issues. Biennial


*-Leadership in Legislative Majority and Minority handle fiscal analysis.
+-Majority Leadership in House Appropriations Committee is responsible for handling fiscal analysis.

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