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The General Assembly meets in regular session 60 days in even-numbered years, and 30 days in odd-numbered years. To provide an efficient way of deliberating the many issues under consideration, each chamber is organized into standing committees which concentrate on specific topics, such as Education or Transportation. The jurisdiction of each committee is detailed in Senate Rules and House Rules, respectively, which are adopted at the beginning of each session. Standing committees, which usually number between 12 and 15 for each chamber,  meet only during a session, and all proposed legislation must move through them.

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To provide a continuity of study and action between sessions, interim joint committees are formed from the standing committees of both houses. For instance, the Education Committee of the Senate and the Education Committee of the House become the Interim Joint Committee on Education after the regular session.

Interim committees, besides discussing and studying issues in-depth, draft and approve bills for prefiling for the next regular session. This enables bills to be introduced at the beginning of the session and standing committees to become active immediately. All interim committees, which are actually subcommittees of the Legislative Research Commission (LRC), are open to the public and the press so the people have an opportunity to express views on areas the proposed legislation will affect.

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In addition to interim joint committees, there are other committees that are authorized by the Kentucky Revised Statutes or function as subcommittees of the Legislative Research Commission (LRC). Their meetings are open to the public and the press. These include:

  • Legislative Research Commission
  • Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee
  • Capital Planning Advisory Board
  • Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee
  • Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee
  • Government Contract Review Committee
  • Medicaid Managed Care Oversight Committee
  • Program Review and Investigations Committee
  • Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund

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Special committees are appointed by the LRC and function primarily during interim periods, usually to study a specific topic. These committees may prefile bills, and forward recommendations to the LRC and the General Assembly.

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