State Senate Committees

Budget and Taxation Committee considers legislation relating to State operating and capital budgets, including revenues, expenditures, and supplementary appropriations; legislative budgetary procedures; State and county bond authorizations; taxation and property assessments; education financing; and pension and retirement matters.

 

Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee reviews legislation concerned with agriculture and land preservation; alcoholic beverages; and the licensing and regulation of businesses and labor, including business, health and related occupations and professions. The Committee also evaluates bill relating to education policy; elections; energy; environment; ethics; fire prevention; local government; natural resources; procurement; State government organization, procedures, and administrative law; and veterans affairs.

Executive Nominations Committee reviews and interviews gubernatorial appointees for all appointments made by the Governor which require Senate advice and consent. The Committee then reports its recommendations on those nominations to the Senate (Const., Art. II, secs. 10-15).

Finance Committee reviews legislation on banking and financial institutions; credit regulation and consumer financing; economic and community development; and health and welfare matters. It also considers bills concerned with horse racing and lotteries; insurance; labor and employment; State personnel issues; social programs; transportation; unemployment insurance; utility regulation; and workers' compensation.

Judicial Proceedings Committee is assigned legislation relating to the Administrative Procedures Act; commercial code; constitutional amendments; corrections; criminal and civil laws, penalties, and procedures; equal rights and opportunities; ethics; family law; and judicial administration and court structure. The Committee also reviews bills on juvenile justice; landlord and tenant laws; law enforcement organizations; legal profession; legal rights and immunities; public safety; real property; trusts and estates; and vehicle laws.

 

Rules Committee considers proposals regarding rules, organization, and procedures of the Senate or the General Assembly. The Committee reviews proposed legislation introduced after the bill introduction deadline in a regular session and determines which of those bills it will refer to the Senate's standing committees.