North Dakota among states with fewest number of standing committees
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:
The states with the lowest average committees per legislator, meaning the legislator is likely responsible for fewer committees, are: