North Dakota among states with fewest number of standing committees

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June 14, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam

BISMARCK, North Dakota: North Dakota is among the states with the fewest number of standing committees, according to Ballotpedia research. North Dakota has a total of 23 committees with 250 legislators on all committees during the 2011-2012 legislative session. In other words, there are an estimated 1.77 committees per legislator.

Across the United States, it is estimated there are 2,709 standing committees during the 2011-2012 session. In general, the primary responsibility of standing committees is to consider and refine legislative bills before they are sent to the chamber floor for consideration by all members.

A standing committee was determined as being any committee that appeared to be permanent in the state. Select and special committees -- such as a one-year study commission -- were not counted in the report.

The states with the most average committees per legislator, meaning the legislator likely carries a large burden of committees to serve on, are:

  1. Kentucky: 8.01
  2. Mississippi: 7.26
  3. Delaware: 6.60

The states with the lowest average committees per legislator, meaning the legislator is likely responsible for fewer committees, are:

  1. New Hampshire: 1.18
  2. Alaska: 1.33
  3. Maine: 1.41

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