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West Virginia Legislative Process

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Senate Committee Directory

Following are brief descriptions of the committees jurisdictions.

For more information on committees and their members-including subcommittees and select committees-contact the chairs of the committees at the phone numbers listed below or the Legislature's Reference and Information Center at 800-642-8650 (in West Virginia) or telephone, 304-347-4836.

Senate Committees

Unlike the House of Delegates, the Senate does not describe within its formal rules the jurisdictions of its standing committees. Though most of the committees' titles provide self explanations of their jurisdictions, their general scopes of interest are summarized below.

Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to agriculture, including: production and marketing; animal industry and health; commercial feed, fertilizer and pesticides; and dairy, poultry and livestock products.

Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to banking and insurance, including regulation and control of all types of insurance, securities and exchanges.

Senate Committee on Confirmations

Responsible for reviewing the Governor's nominations to public office and making recommendations to the Senate on the approval or rejection of those nominations.

Senate Committee on Economic Development

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to local workforce investment areas, regional educational service agencies; fiscal impact of incentives for attracting and growing businesses, especially technology-intensive companies; and existing economic and community development resources that would allow the states to successfully compete in the new global economy.

Senate Committee on Education

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to education in our state's public schools and institutions of higher learning, including: boards of education; administration and control of schools; textbooks and curricula, vocational education and rehabilitation; employment and tenure of teachers; and libraries.

Senate Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to energy. industry and mining, including: health and safety; industry development; and standards, regulations and policies.

Senate Committee on Enrolled Bills

The Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills consists of five members of the Senate and five members of the House. Their duties are to compare all bills and joint resolutions passed by both houses, to correct any errors or omissions they may discover and to make reports to their respective houses from time to time of the correctly enrolled bills or joint resolutions.

Senate Committee on Finance

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to taxes and revenue, including: increasing and/or decreasing the revenue or fiscal liability of the state, collection of taxes and other revenue, annual and supplemental appropriations; and financial claims against the state.

Senate Committee on Government Organization

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to the executive department of state government, including: creation, consolidation and abolition, as well as duties and functions, of the state's departments, commissions, boards, offices and agencies.

Senate Committee on Health and Human Resources

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to public health and welfare, including: mental health; public and private hospitals and similar institutions; prevention and control of communicable and infectious diseases; poison and narcotics; correctional and penal institutions, and public assistance and relief.

Senate Committee on Interstate Cooperation

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to any type of formal and informal cooperation between West Virginia and other states, including: membership in councils and partnerships of state governments; exchange of information and resources; and adoption of compacts and reciprocal agreements between states.

Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to civil and criminal judicial proceedings, including: state and local courts; crimes and their punishments; domestic relations and family law; revision and codification of state statutes; and other matters not properly referred to another standing committee.

Senate Committee on Labor

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to employment, including: labor standards and statistics; mediation and arbitration of labor disputes; wages and hours of labor; child labor; and safety and welfare of employees.

Senate Committee on the Military

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to the military, including: all veterans' issues; and the National Guard.

Senate Committee on Natural Resources

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to natural resources, including: game and fish; forests and wildlife; parks and recreation, and water resources and reclamation.

Senate Committee on Pensions

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to the continuous study and investigation of public retirement systems, including: plans available to public employees; and all aspects of pension planning, operation and stability.

Senate Committee on Rules

Chaired by the President of the Senate, addresses issues generally relating to the Senate's rules, joint orders, orders of business and parliamentary procedure, including setting each session day's calendar of items to be addressed. Also responsible for practical administration of Senate business, including staff employees and office services, furnishings, equipment and supplies.

Senate Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Addresses issues and bills generally relating to roads and transportation, including: highways, public roads, railways, airways, canals and waterways; motor vehicle administration, registration and licensure of operators, and traffic regulations.

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