Counting the New Mexico state legislative committees

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June 15, 2011

New Mexico

SANTA FE, New Mexico: There are 25 total standing committees in New Mexico state government. That is the 4th fewest committees among the 50 states, according to a Ballotpedia study of state legislatures and their committees.

A standing committee was determined as being any committee that appeared to be permanent in the state. Select and special committees -- such as a one-year study commission -- were not counted in this report.

New Mexico does not have standing joint committees, contributing to the lower figure.

  • With 112 total state legislators (42 Senators and 70 House representatives), the ratio of state legislators to committees is 4.48. That is the 15th highest ratio.
  • On the 25 committees in New Mexico there are a total of 272 members -- meaning a committee's average size is 10.88 legislators. With 2.43 committees per legislator slots, New Mexico has the 11th lowest ratio among the 50 states.

In the 50 states, Nevada has the fewest total committees with 21 while Mississippi has the most with 91. The highest ratio of legislators to committees is New Hampshire with 10.34 and the lowest being Delaware at 1.17.

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