- Standing committees consider more than 1,000 bills and
resolutions each regular session.
- Standing committees decide which bills should advance to the
full House or Senate.
- In each chamber the Committee on Committees, made up of
legislative leaders, assigns bills to one of several standing
- Assignments are determined by the subject of each bill.
Committee jurisdictions are found in the House and Senate Rules
adopted each session.
- The Committee on Committees also selects the chair, vice chair,
and members of each standing committee. Legislators usually serve on
two or three standing committees.
- The chair of each committee decides in what order bills will
- Supporters and opponents of particular bills are invited to
address a committee.
- Committees may send bills to the full House or Senate with
favorable or unfavorable reports or, in the Senate, without
- Committees also may propose amendments to bills or decline to
return them to the full House or Senate.
Approximately half the bills introduced each session never get out
of committee. Unless a bill has a favorable report, its chances of
passing are slim.