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Ballotpedia:WikiProject State Legislatures/State Legislative Committees

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This page is about Ballotpedia's articles about the standing committees of state legislatures.

This includes:

Why committees?

In the 50 states, there are 148 State legislatures, senates, and houses. This is because Nebraska is a unicameral body.

Committees are assigned in each state with the task of funneling legislation to the chamber floor. Typically, the committee is appointed at the beginning of each legislative session. Committees are the usual manner in which public comment is accepted on legislation.

As such, the three most important items on a committee page would be:

  • List of members
  • Committee description
  • Important/notable legislation that has passed through that committee.

Categories

Within the committees subproject, the following category structure has been established. Current categories will be changed over throughout the coming weeks in order to standardize all committee pages.

The following table displays the category tree using an example:

Category Tree for State Legislative Committees
Committee page Category Parent category Grandparent Category
Agriculture and Water Committee, Arizona House of Representatives Category:Standing committees, Arizona State House Category:State house standing committees Category:Standing committees of state legislatures
Health Care, Human Services and Rural Health Policy Committee, Oregon State Senate Category:Standing committees, Oregon State Senate Category:State senate standing committees Category:Standing committees of state legislatures
Joint Finance Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature Category:Joint Legislative Committees, Wisconsin State Legislature Category:Joint legislative committees Category:Standing committees of state legislatures

Writing Guidelines

The following pages serve as writing guidelines when working on the committees project.

ApprovedaWriting:State legislative standing committee pages
ApprovedaWriting:State legislative standing committees
ApprovedaWriting:State legislator's committee assignments

Templates

These templates list all of the respective committees in a specific chamber. They are to be included on all committee pages, so as to facilitate navigation between chamber committees.

House committees

Note that there is no template for Connecticut, because in Connecticut, all legislative committees are joint; i.e., there are no house-only committees. There is also no template for Nebraska, since Nebraska doesn't have a lower house.

Senate committees

Note that there is no template for Connecticut, because in Connecticut, all legislative committees are joint; i.e., there are no senate-only committees.

Joint committees

Ten states do not have permanent, standing joint committees. They instead use joint committees only on an interim basis. Those states are:

These states do have joint standing committees:

  1. {{Alabama Joint Committees}}
  2. {{Alaska Joint Committees}}
  3. {{Arizona Joint Committees}}
  4. {{Arkansas Joint Committees}}
  5. {{California Joint Committees}}
  6. {{Colorado Joint Committees}}
  7. {{Connecticut Joint Committees}}
  8. {{Delaware Joint Committees}}
  9. {{Florida Joint Committees}}
  10. {{Georgia Joint Committees}}
  1. {{Idaho Joint Committees}}
  2. {{Illinois Joint Committees}}
  3. {{Iowa Joint Committees}}
  4. {{Kansas Joint Committees}}
  5. {{Kentucky Joint Committees}}
  6. {{Louisiana Joint Committees}}
  7. {{Maine Joint Committees}}
  8. {{Maryland Joint Committees}}
  9. {{Massachusetts Joint Committees}}
  10. {{Mississippi Joint Committees}}
  1. {{Missouri Joint Committees}}
  2. {{Montana Joint Committees}}
  3. {{Nevada Joint Committees}}
  4. {{New Jersey Joint Committees}}
  5. {{New York Joint Committees}}
  6. {{North Dakota Joint Committees}}
  7. {{Ohio Joint Committees}}
  8. {{Oklahoma Joint Committees}}
  9. {{Oregon Joint Committees}}
  10. {{Pennsylvania Joint Committees}}
  1. {{Rhode Island Joint Committees}}
  2. {{South Carolina Joint Committees}}
  3. {{South Dakota Joint Committees}}
  4. {{Tennessee Joint Committees}}
  5. {{Utah Joint Committees}}
  6. {{Vermont Joint Committees}}
  7. {{Washington Joint Committees}}
  8. {{West Virginia Joint Committees}}
  9. {{Wisconsin Joint Committees}}
  10. {{Wyoming Joint Committees}}