Government Operations and Elections Committee, Washington House of Representatives (decommissioned)

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The Government Operations and Elections Committee is a former standing committee of the Washington House of Representatives.

Per Rule 23 of the House Rules, committee members of the House of Representatives are selected by the caucus of each party.[1] The chairs of the committees are selected by the majority party caucus.[1] The standing committees of the house have the powers of subpoena, to administer oaths, and to issue commissions for the examination of witnesses. [2]

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The House Government Operations & Elections Committee considers issues relating to the processes of state government, including, state agency rulemaking, procurement standards, e-government and public employment. The committee also considers issues relating to elections, campaign finance, public disclosure and ethics in government.

(Please note: This is a general description of issue areas considered by committees; not a definitive or exhaustive listing. It is provided solely to assist the public in understanding the general roles of House committees.)[3][4]


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

Government Operations and Elections Members, 2013
Democratic members (6)Republican members (5)
Sam Hunt, ChairVincent Buys
Steve Bergquist, Vice chairDavid Taylor
Reuven CarlyleGary Alexander
Joe FitzgibbonDan Kristiansen
Tina OrwallMatt Manweller
Kevin Van De Wege

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