The Budget and Appropriations (Budget Hearings Only) Committee is a standing committee of the New Jersey Senate.
Per Section 3.6 of the Senate Rules, committees of the New Jersey State Senate are appointed by the President of the Senate. The rules do not specify when or how often committees are assigned. In appointing senators from the minority party, the President of the Senate can ask for recommendations from the Minority Leader. If at anytime a committee member is unable to serve, the President of the Senate can appoint another senator. The Majority Leader and Minority Leader are considered to be ex-officio members on all standing reference committees, but have no voting rights.
See rules: Senate Rules 2012
||Reference committees may consider bills, resolutions, nominations and other matters referred to them by the President or by Senate Resolution; review the functions, duties and operations of agencies of the State, and its political sub divisions, relevant to their subject areas; and investigate any matter within their subject areas, which investigations shall conclude with a written report to the Senate which may include findings and recommendations.
The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2014 legislative session.