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Budget Committee, Colorado General Assembly

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The Budget Committee is a joint standing committee of the Colorado General Assembly.

Per Section 2-3-201 of the Colorado Revised Statutes members of the joint budget committee include the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and one member of the majority and minority parties. The committee members will be chosen in the same manor as their are chosen in their respective houses. The committee will meet during the legislative session and the interim between sessions.[1] Committee members may be chosen before the first legislative session to expedite decision making.[2] The chair and vice-chair for the committee will be elected by the committee, with one chair from the House and one from the Senate. During the first general session the elected chair will serve as the chair of the committee, with the same for the vice-chairman. During the second regulation session however the chairman and vice-chairman will switch.[3]
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The General Assembly's permanent fiscal and budget review agency, the Joint Budget Committee (JBC), writes the annual appropriations bill - called the Long Bill - for the operations of state government. The JBC has six members: the Chairman and one majority and one minority member of the House Appropriations Committee, and the Chairman and one majority and one minority member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Members serve two-year terms and are selected following the general election. Traditionally, the Senate elects its JBC members. In the House, the Speaker appoints the majority party members, and the Minority Leader appoints the minority party member. The chairmanship alternates between the Chairmen of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees. The House and Senate calendars reflect the Joint Budget Committee's schedule during the legislative session. Statutes charge the Joint Budget Committee with analyzing the management, operations, programs, and fiscal needs of the departments of state government. The state Constitution requires a balanced budget. The Committee holds hearings and reviews the executive budget requests for each state agency and institution.[4][5]


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2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Budget Senate Members, 2015
Democratic members (1)Republican members (2)
Pat SteadmanKent Lambert, Chair
Kevin J. Grantham
Budget House Members, 2015
Democratic members (2)Republican members (1)
Millie Hamner, Vice-chairRobert E. Rankin
Dave Young


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


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2011 legislative session.

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