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Oklahoma strikes the middle ground with number of standing committees

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June 14, 2011

Oklahoma

By Bailey Ludlam

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma: Unlike, it's neighboring states, Oklahoma strikes the middle ground when it comes to the number of standing committees during the 2011-2012 legislative session, according to Ballotpedia research. Oklahoma has a total of 34 committees with 520 legislators on all committees. In other words, there are an estimated 3.49 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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