DFL leadership announced the chairs and committee structure for the 88th legislative biennium scheduled to convene Jan. 8, 2013. (Click here for the listing)
Committees on the various subject areas act as filters, deciding which of the thousands of bills in the two-year biennium get heard, approved and then moved through the process. (View the committee schedule)
Under the House Rules, 30 days before a new session convenes, the speaker-designate submits to the leader of the minority caucus the committee structure, along with the number of minority caucus members to be appointed to each committee. The minority caucus members make their assignment requests through the minority leader, who submits the names to the speaker-designate at least 15 days before convening a new session.
While members can express their committee preference, the decision of who serves where is left to the speaker.
Once session begins, the House committee web page will be updated with information, including membership, staff, schedules, agendas, minutes and access to audio and/or video coverage of the meetings.