STANDING COMMITTEES -list
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
Click here for more information on the role of standing committees in the legislative process.
INTERIM JOINT COMMITTEES - list 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.
Click here for more information on committees during interims.
STATUTORY COMMITTEES - list
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:
Click here for more information on each of the statutory committees.
SPECIAL COMMITTEES - list
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.
Click here for more information on topics being studied by special committees.