Description of Committees

Description of Committees of the House

The standing committees of the House shall be as follows:

(1) The Committee on accounts, operations and finance shall superintend and have sole and complete control of all financial obligations and business affairs of the House except those employees appointed by or assigned to the Speaker, or assigned to the Budget Committee, the Speaker Pro Tem, the Majority Floor Leader, the Minority Floor Leader and the Officers of the House. The committee shall also prescribe rules governing the expenditure of funds allotted to individual members for the operation of their offices. Such rules shall be applied equally to, and shall require the equal treatment of, all members with regard to the expenditure of such funds. Subject to such rules, each member shall have discretion to expend such funds, for the use of his or her office, without the approval of the committee.

Each member shall be allotted his or her own office, chamber seat and parking assignment. The committee shall assign all offices, chamber seats, and parking spaces under its control and reserved for members, according to seniority within each respective party caucus, except that no member shall be forced to give up his/her offices, chamber seat or parking space that he/she currently occupies. Notwithstanding any provision of this rule to the contrary, the committee may make assignments to House officers, the floor leaders and assistant floor leaders of each party, the Budget Committee Chairman, and the chairman and ranking minority member of the accounts committee, without respect to the seniority of those members. The Chief Clerk of the House may be authorized to act for the committee, but only in the manner and to the extent as may have been previously authorized by the committee. Such authorization shall be entered in the minutes of the committee. The committee shall provide for the receiving and receipt of all supplies, equipment and furnishings purchased for the account of the House, and shall further provide for the use and distribution thereof.

The Chief Clerk shall maintain financial records for the House of Representatives in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The Chief Clerk of the House shall keep a detailed accounting of all transactions and shall furnish each member of the committee and the Speaker with a copy of such account on a monthly basis.

(2) The Committee on Agri-Business may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to the protection, promotion and encouragement of agri-business in the state.

(3) The Committee on Agriculture may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to the protection, promotion and encouragement of agriculture in this state.

(4) The Committee on Appropriations-General Administration shall report to the Budget Committee upon all bills, measures, and questions referred to it by the Budget Committee pertaining to the appropriations and disbursements of public money for the funding of the Public Debt, Elected Officials, Office of Administration, the General Assembly, the Department of Revenue and the Department of Highways and Transportation.

(5) The Committee on Appropriations-Education and Public Safety shall report to the Budget Committee upon all bills, measures, and questions referred to it by the Budget Committee pertaining to the appropriations and disbursements of public money for the funding of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Department of Higher Education, the Department of Public Safety and Judiciary.

(6) The Committee of Appropriations-Natural and Economic Resources shall report to the Budget Committee upon all bills, measures, and questions referred to it by the Budget Committee pertaining to the appropriations and disbursements of public money for the funding of the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Economic Development, the Department of Insurance, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and the Department of Conservation.

(7) The Committee on Appropriations-Health and Mental Health shall report to the Budget Committee upon all bills, measures, and questions referred to it by the Budget Committee pertaining to the appropriations and disbursements of public money for the funding of the Department of Health and the Department of Mental Health.

(8) The Committee on Appropriations-Social Services and Corrections shall report to the Budget Committee upon all bills, measures, and questions referred to it by the Budget Committee pertaining to the appropriations and disbursements of public money for the funding of the Departments of Social Services and Corrections.

(9) The Committee on Banks and Financial Institutions may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to banks, banking, savings and loans and other financial institutions.

(10) The Committee on Budget shall have the responsibility of filing all appropriation bills, assigning of those bills to the appropriate appropriations committees and shall report upon all bills recommended to it by the respective appropriation committee and any other bills, measures, or questions referred to it pertaining to the appropriation and disbursement of public money.

The Committee on Budget shall consider all bills which require new appropriations or expenditures of state money in excess of $100,000 or which reduce state revenue by more than $100,000 in either of the two fiscal years immediately following the effective dates of the bills. Any such House bill, after having been perfected and ordered printed by the House, shall be referred to the Committee on Budget for its consideration prior to the bill's submission to the House for third reading and final passage. Any such Senate bill, after having been approved by the regular standing committee to which it was referred, shall be referred to the Committee on Budget for its consideration prior to the bill's submission to the House for third reading and final passage. Any Senate or House bill taken from any standing committee pursuant to the Constitution and House Rule 36 which requires new appropriations or expenditures of state money in excess of $100,000 shall be referred to the Committee on Budget for its consideration prior to the bill's submission to the House. Any Senate or House bill amended so as to increase expenditures or reduce revenues shall, upon timely motion, be re-referred to the Committee on Budget. The primary sponsor or, in the case of a Senate bill, the floor handler, of a bill referred to the Committee on Budget shall be entitled to a hearing on the bill but such hearing shall be limited to the reception of testimony by the primary sponsor or floor handler, as the case may be, in person and none other.

The Committee on Budget may, with the consent of the House Sponsor or Floor Handler, amend an effective date onto any bill referred to the Committee.

(11) The Committee on Children, Youth and Families may consider, report upon and conduct ongoing study of bills and matters referred to it concerning the problems of children, youth and families including but not limited to income maintenance, health (including medical and child development research), nutrition, education, welfare, employment and recreation.

(12) The Committee on Civil and Criminal Law may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to civil and criminal laws and procedure.

(13) The Committee on Commerce may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to commerce, industrial growth, expansion and development.

(14) The Committee on Consumer Protection may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to retail sales and practices, credit unions and consumers.

(15) The Committee on Correctional and State Institutions may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to adult and juvenile penal and correctional problems, the administration of correctional institutions, the state penitentiary, state hospitals, charitable institutions, and other state properties.

(16) The Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to elementary and secondary education in this state, including teachers, financing, property, indebtedness and curriculum.

(17) The Committee on Higher Education may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to higher education in the state, including teachers, financing, property, indebtedness and curriculum.

(18) The Committee on Elections may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to elections and election contests involving members of the House.

(19) The Committee on Energy and Environment may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to the development, use and conservation of energy and other energy related concerns.

(20) The Committee on Federal-State Relations and Veterans Affairs may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to the relationship between the Federal Government and the State of Missouri, veterans affairs, the promotion and strengthening of states rights and military and naval affairs of the state.

(21) The Committee on Fees and Salaries may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to the fees and salaries of state and local officials and employees.

(22) The Committee on Governmental Organization and Review may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to the reorganization, consolidation and abolition of boards, bureaus, commissions and other offices and departments of the state and local governments; the public buildings of the state, including the Division of Design and Construction, the capitol grounds and the state and legislative library.

The Committee is empowered to study and investigate the efficiency and economy of all branches of Government including the possible existence of fraud, misfeasance, malfeasance, collusion, mismanagement, incompetence, corruption, waste, conflicts of interests and the improper expenditure of Government funds in transactions, contracts and activities of Government or Government officials and employees. The Committee is authorized to hold hearings, sit and act at any time or place within the State of Missouri during the recess and adjournment periods of the House, administer oaths, and take testimony, either orally or by sworn written statement. If the committee, after hearing, and upon findings incorporated in a report, deems that a particular activity, bureau, agency, committee, commission, department or any other entity of state government should be discontinued, it shall report such finding to the House for further action by the House. The committee shall also consider and report on such bills and matters related to the efficiency of government in the state that may be referred to it.

(23) The Committee on Insurance may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to insurance and the improvement of insurance laws and the efficiency of the Department of Insurance.

(24) The Committee on Judiciary and Ethics may consider and report upon all bills and matters referred to it relating to the judicial branch of the state, the practices and procedures of the courts of this state, and the ethics of public officials. The Committee may also consider and report upon complaints referred to it relating to a member of the House of Representatives involving the commission of a crime, misconduct, willful neglect of duty, corruption in office or other complaints relating to the ethical conduct of a member. The Committee is authorized to investigate such complaints and, after notice and a hearing conducted pursuant to Rules of Procedure established under Rule 38 of these rules, to report to the House its findings, conclusions and recommendation. The Committee is further authorized to sit and act at any time or place within the State of Missouri during the recess and adjournment periods of the House, administer oaths, and take testimony, either orally or by sworn written statement.

(25) The Committee on Labor may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to the conditions and interest of labor.

(26) The Committee on Local Government and Related Matters may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to county courts and local government generally.

(27) The Committee on Mines and Mining may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to mines, mining, safety measures in the mining industry and the development of mineral resources in the state.

(28) The Committee on Miscellaneous Bills and Resolutions may consider and report upon resolutions referred to it and upon any bill which, in the opinion of the Speaker, merits special consideration. Any resolution introduced between adjournment and December 31st in even and odd numbered years shall be examined by the Chairman of the Committee and he shall have authority to approve, as if passed by a vote of the House, those resolutions which are courtesy resolutions. Any resolution that is not a courtesy resolution will require action by the Committee on Miscellaneous Bills and Resolutions and the House as provided for by the House Rules. A courtesy resolution is a resolution in the nature of congratulations on the birth of a child, celebration of a wedding anniversary, sympathy on the death of an individual, congratulations on an outstanding citizen achievement or a similar event which is in the practice and procedure of the House to consider in the nature of a courtesy resolution.

(29) The Committee on Motor Vehicle and Traffic Regulations may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to motor vehicles and traffic regulations.

(30) The Committee on Municipal Corporations may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to the organization, government and improvement of cities, towns, villages and other questions concerning municipal bodies.

(31) The Committee on Professional Registration and Licensing may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to boards, bureaus, and commissions that examine the qualifications of persons engaged in certain professions and occupations and the duties of such agencies and the persons registered by them.

(32) The Committee on Public Health and Safety may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to the health and safety of the people of the State of Missouri.

(33) The Committee on Retirement may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to the retirement and pensions of state and local officials and employees.

(34) The Committee on Rules, Joint Rules, and Bills Perfected and Printed shall formulate and present for consideration the rules of the House; shall consider and report upon all propositions to amend or change the rules, which propositions shall stand referred without reading or consideration and without discussion, explanation, or debate to the Committee on Rules, Joint Rules, and Bills Perfected and Printed, and upon any bill which merits special consideration.

Upon petition of 2/3 of the standing committee chairmen recommending a House Bill or Joint Resolution be removed from the regular perfection calendar and placed on the Rules Committee Calendar, House Bills or Joint Resolutions to be perfected and printed, the Committee on Rules and Joint Rules shall have authority to consider and remove any House Bill or Joint Resolution from the regular perfection calendar and place it upon the Rules Committee Calendar, House Bills or Joint Resolutions to be perfected and printed. And any bill so placed upon said calendar shall, after being perfected and printed be placed upon the Rules Committee Calendar, House Bills or Joint Resolutions to be agreed to and placed upon third reading and final passage.

Upon petition of 2/3 of the standing committee chairmen, the Committee on Rules, Joint Rules and Bills Perfected and Printed shall have the authority to consider and remove, any Senate bill or Joint Resolution from the regular third reading calendar and place it upon the Rules Committee Calendar, Senate Bills or Joint Resolutions to be agreed to and placed upon third reading and final passage. The Committee has the privilege of reporting at any time and the consideration of its report shall have precedence over all other business. Any bill placed upon the Rules Committee Calendar, House Bills or Joint Resolutions to be perfected and printed, by the Committee on Rules and Joint Rules, may be recommitted to the Committee on Rules and Joint Rules by a Constitutional majority of the elected members, and if this occurs the bill shall be returned to its place on the Perfection Calendar from which it had been removed.

The Committee shall direct the printing of all bills ordered perfected and printed, and see that all amendments to every such bill are incorporated therein before the bill is printed and certify to the House that the printed copies of the bill on the desks of the members are true and correct copies of the bill as ordered perfected and printed; shall carefully examine the typed copy of all bills which are truly agreed to and finally passed and compare each bill agreed to and finally passed with the perfected bill, correct the clerical errors, if any, and return the bill with a committee report to the House certifying that the bill is truly and correctly typed as agreed to and finally passed.

(35) The Committee on Science, Technology and Critical Issues may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to research and development, applied research, commercialization of research, high technology, and issues of a critical nature to State Government. The Committee will identify those issues and the options available that are most important to citizens and lawmakers and formulate legislation in a systematic and comprehensive manner and provide future planning and direction for a regular structured plan.

(36) The Committee on Social Services, Medicaid and the Elderly may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to social services, medicaid, children's aid and the elderly.

(37) The Committee on State Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to state parks, outdoor recreation, fish and game, forestry, water and other natural resources.

(38) The Committee on Transportation may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to roads, highways, bridges, ferries, airports, railroads and other means of transportation.

(39) The Committee on Tourism, Recreation and Cultural Affairs may consider and report upon all matters referred to it pertaining to the development and promotion of travel, tourism, recreation, the arts and cultural affairs.

(40) The Committee on Urban Affairs may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to city planning and other urban issues.

(41) The Committee on Ways and Means may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to the revenue and public debt of the state, and the interest thereon, and the administration of taxation and revenue laws. The Committee may also inquire into and suggest to the House such changes, if any, that should be made in respect to existing sources of revenue and such new sources of revenue, if any, that in the judgment of the Committee should be considered by the House.

(42) The Committee on Workers Compensation and Employment Security may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to the Workmen's Compensation Act, unemployment compensation and employment security.

(The Speaker may appoint such special committees as he/she deems necessary.)

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