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Steering and Policy Committee, Massachusetts State Senate

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The Steering and Policy Committee is a standing committee of the Massachusetts State Senate. Per Senate Rule 12, the committee is made up of five members.[1]

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Per Senate Rules 12 and 13, committees of the Massachusetts State Senate are assigned by the President of the Senate, with the exception of minority members, who are assigned by the Minority Leader.[2] After the adoption of Senate rules at the beginning of each two-year session, the committees are appointed to serve for the entire session. The President is to give consideration to partisan balance in making appointments, and is required to allocate at least two seats on the Ways and Means and Ethics and Rules Committees, and at least one seat on all other standing or special committees, to members of the minority party. The President shall nominate the chair of each committee, and the vice-chair and assistant vice-chair of the Ways and Means Committee, subject to a majority vote of the respective party caucus. Should a nominee be blocked, the President shall nominate another candidate for confirmation. In the event of a special order by the Senate to appoint a committee by ballot, the person receiving the most votes shall be named chair, with the runner-up being named vice-chair.[2] Any vacancies that have occurred in any committees after members have been appointed will be filled following the same rules.[3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Rules of the Senate (As adopted by the Senate on January 24, 2013)


It shall be the duty of the committee on Steering and Policy to assist the President and the Senate in identifying the major matters which require consideration by the General Court during the current legislative session and to advise the President and the Senate on the relative priority of such matters, the relative urgency for consideration by the General Court of such matters, and alternative methods of responding to such matters by the General Court.[4][5][6]

Committee members


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

Steering and Policy Members, 2013
Democratic members (4)Republican members (1)
Katherine Clark, ChairBruce Tarr
Harriette Chandler, Vice-chair
Mark Montigny
Karen Spilka


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

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