The Commerce Committee is a standing committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Per Section 43 of the House Rules, committees of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are appointed by the Committee on Committees. The Committee on Committees is made up of the Speaker of the House, and 15 members of the House, ten of which shall be members of the majority party and five that are members of the minority party. The purpose of this committee is to recommend to the House the members that will serve on the standing committees. The rules do not specify when or how often committees are assigned. It is the duty of the Speaker of the House to appoint the chair and vice-chair for all standing committees that have no subcommittees, except the Appropriations Committee which shall have a vice-chair appointed by the Speaker. The Speaker of the House shall appoint a secretary for each standing committee. The Minority Leader shall appoint the minority chair, minority vice-chair and minority secretary for each standing committee. The Speaker of the House, the Majority Floor Leader and the Minority Floor Leader shall be ex-officio members of all
standing committees, but have no voting rights and are not counted for purposes in determining quorum.
See rules: House Resolution 1
||To assist the House in appraising the administration of the laws and in developing such amendments or related legislation as it may deem necessary, each standing committee or subcommittee of the House shall exercise continuous watchfulness of the execution by the administrative agencies concerned of any laws, the subject matter of which is within the jurisdiction of such committee or subcommittee; and, for that purpose, shall study all pertinent reports and data submitted to the House by the agencies in the executive branch of the Government.