Office of Policy Analysis (OPA)
In the Office of Policy Analysis (OPA), staff works in one
of three functional areas: Fiscal and Policy Analysis, Legislation
and Committee Support, or Library and Information Services. Fiscal and Policy
Analysis staff works in the areas of budget and fiscal review and analysis.
Staff also prepares an estimate of the cost of every bill introduced during the
legislative session. The area of Legislation includes legislative and amendment
drafting, statutory revision, and legal review and analysis. Committee Support
comprises staff that provides professional services to all legislative
committees, subcommittees, commissions, and task forces. Library and
Information Services serves the legislature, staff, and the public through the
operation of the legislative library and the provision of public information
services about legislative activities.
In addition to their functional responsibilities, OPA staff
works in policy-related groups that operate during the legislative interim to
review and analyze issues in subject areas such as business, technology, and
economic development; courts and civil matters; criminal justice and public
safety; education; fiscal planning; health; human services; intergovernmental
matters; legal matters; natural resources, environment, and transportation;
program review and special projects; public administration; and taxes and
revenues. The primary purpose of the work groups is to foster the development
of subject-area expertise in order to support the multidisciplinary research
needs of the committees during the interim and to answer legislative inquiries.
Additionally, the office maintains an active publication
program to fulfill its statutory charge to conduct general research studies,
develop options, make recommendations, and report to the General Assembly on
various fiscal and policy matters.