|The role of committees
The size of the legislature and the volume of work confronting it each session make
thoughtful deliberation on all proposed measures by the entire membership a difficult task.
For this reason, the basic business in both chambers is conducted according to the
committee system. Committees are created in the rules of procedure of the respective
chambers to consider introduced bills and to advise on their disposition. A large number of bills are
never reported out of committee. Thus, committee action is the first
crucial step in the process by which a bill becomes law.
House Committees website
Senate Committees website