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Ballotpedia:WikiProject State Legislatures/State Legislative Committees
- State senate standing committees.
- State house standing committees.
- State legislative joint committees (committees that include members from state senates and state houses).
Committees are assigned in each state with the task of funneling legislation to the chamber floor. Typically, the committee is appointed at the beginning of each legislative session. Committees are the usual manner in which public comment is accepted on legislation.
As such, the three most important items on a committee page would be:
- List of members
- Committee description
- Important/notable legislation that has passed through that committee.
Within the committees subproject, the following category structure has been established. Current categories will be changed over throughout the coming weeks in order to standardize all committee pages.
- In an article about a standing state house committee, the category would be [[Category:Standing committees, STATE State House]], such as Category:Standing committees, New Mexico State House.
- In an article about a standing state senate committee, the category would be [[Category:Standing committees, STATE State Senate]], such as Category:Standing committees, Oregon State Senate.
- In an article about a standing joint committee, the category would be [[Category:Joint Legislative Committees, STATE State Legislature]], such as Category:Joint Legislative Committees, Wisconsin State Legislature.
The following table displays the category tree using an example:
The following pages serve as writing guidelines when working on the committees project.
These templates list all of the respective committees in a specific chamber. They are to be included on all committee pages, so as to facilitate navigation between chamber committees.
Note that there is no template for Connecticut, because in Connecticut, all legislative committees are joint; i.e., there are no house-only committees. There is also no template for Nebraska, since Nebraska doesn't have a lower house.
Note that there is no template for Connecticut, because in Connecticut, all legislative committees are joint; i.e., there are no senate-only committees.
Ten states do not have permanent, standing joint committees. They instead use joint committees only on an interim basis. Those states are:
These states do have joint standing committees: