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Global Warming and Climate Change Committee, Massachusetts House of Representatives

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The Global Warming and Climate Change Committee is a standing committee of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Per House Rule 17, the committee is made up of 11 members.[1]

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Per Rule 18 of the House Rules, committees of the Massachusetts House of Representatives are assigned by the Speaker of the House and the Minority Leader.[2] At the beginning of each two-year session, the committees are appointed to serve for the entire session. The Speaker and Minority Leader are responsible for choosing members from their respective parties.[3] Apart from a single minority member on the Committee on Bills in the Third Reading and each committee of conference, the partisan balance of committee membership is to be at least equal to the partisan balance of the chamber on the first day of the session, with minority party membership being no less than six on the Ways and Means Committee, four on the Ethics Committee and Personnel and Administration Committee, three on the Rules Committee, and two on all other standing and joint committees. The Speaker is responsible for nominating the chair of each committee, as well as vice-chairs and assistant vice-chairs of applicable committees, subject to a majority vote of the majority party caucus. The Minority Leader is responsible for nominating a ranking minority member for each applicable committee, subject to a majority vote of the minority party caucus. The Speaker and Minority Leader, pursuant to party affiliation, may recommend the removal of committee members or leaders, subject to the ratification of the respective party caucus except in the case of a representative who has been indicted in a court of law, who may be removed outright. Any vacancies that have occurred in any committees after members have been appointed are filled following the same rules.[4]

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It shall be the duty of the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change to consider all matters related to the Commonwealth’s climate policy, including but not limited to greenhouse gas emissions, the climate impacts of renewable energy development and climate change adaptation and mitigation. The committee shall also serve in an advisory capacity to other joint committees that consider legislation with significant climate impacts, including but not limited to environment, natural resources and agriculture, transportation, energy, housing and economic development and emerging technologies. The committee may participate with other committees in joint hearings at the request of the Speaker or by agreement of the committee chairs.[5][6][7]



The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Global Warming and Climate Change Members, 2013
Democratic members (9)Republican members (2)
Frank Smizik, ChairMarc Lombardo
Chris Walsh, Vice-chairJames Lyons, Jr.
James Miceli
David Sullivan
Carl Sciortino, Jr.
Denise Provost
Patricia Farley-Bouvier
Kenneth Gordon
Jeffrey Roy


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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